August 22, 2011
309 Cumberland Avenue
Portland, ME 04101
CONTACT: Kimberly Ballard
"Ms. Smith Goes to Washington"
Nancy E. Smith, Executive Director of GrowSmart Maine, has been tapped to attend The White House Community Leaders Briefing Series in Washington DC on August 26, 2011.
The briefing series is a unique opportunity for Maine leaders to come to Washington to hear directly from White House officials on the issues that are affecting communities across Maine and learn more about the President’s priorities and initiatives from the people that work on them every day. In return, Administration staff gets to hear what’s going on in cities and towns across Maine directly from the experts – Maine community leaders. Participants are local leaders who are currently involved in their cities and towns– in their neighborhoods, schools, churches, non-profit organizations, environmental groups, activist and advocacy groups, etc. and who are continuously invested in improving their own communities.
Ms. Smith says, "in preparation for this event, I am reaching out to Mainers, inviting them to add their perspective to the conversations by sharing with me their view of what's working, what's not, and what's needed when it comes to community development, protecting Maine's quality places, and improving our economy."
GrowSmart Maine is pleased to be able to participate in this extraordinary opportunity to bring successes, challenges, and ideas directly to the White House to help improve the conversation between the grassroots and Washington.
GrowSmart Maine promotes sustainable prosperity for all Mainers by integrating working and natural landscape conservation, economic growth and community revitalization.
We promote Quality of Place by convening and engaging in public conversations about Maine’s future, contributing common sense policy analysis, educating the public, advocating for state and local change and supporting model practices.