A Retreat for the GrowSmart Maine Board

On June 25th the GrowSmart Board and Staff convened at the North Dam Mill in the Pepperell Mill Campus for the Annual GrowSmart Maine Board Retreat. Hosted by Board Member and Developer of the Pepperell Mill Campus, Doug Sanford, the day began with reflecting on GSM's work over the past year and plans on the…

Join us in Belfast for Arts, Culture, and Economic Prosperity in Maine

You’re invited to a GrowSmart Maine smart growth forum on Arts & Culture as economic motivators in Maine! Friday, July 24th, 1:00-3:00PM Waterfall Arts 256 High Street Belfast, ME   What do you imagine when you think of a healthy downtown? It’s likely full of people walking, biking, and genuinely enjoying the space they are in….

But Yes! There are Good Bills!

GrowSmart Maine continues to participate in the Maine Broadband Coalition, an informal federation of public policy professionals, educational institutions, businesses, non-profit organizations and individuals who care deeply about Maine’s economic future. An important purpose of the MBC is to assemble cogent, fact-based information to help public policy makers and Maine citizens make the best choices…

The 2015 Season has begun!

We are thrilled to announce that our first Smart Growth Breakfast Forum of the 2015 Season was a hit! We convened at the Portland Company last month for a presentation on the proposal and a follow-up panel from experts in the field. Everyone left feeling inspired by the conversation, and had the opportunity to ask…

Denmark Climate Change and Energy Tour! August 30-September 5

GrowSmart Maine is taking part in a great effort to explore community-level solutions to energy production in response to climate change.  Thirteen Mainers will participate, including trip leader Sue Inches, representing business, non-profit, municipal, statewide and federal perspectives.  A day-long tour of Samsø Island will be one of the highlights of the trip, learning how…

Update on Bad Bills!

It’s a tough time in the legislative session to offer a meaningful advocacy update as bills are moving very quickly between the House and Senate.  There are still numerous “bad bills” in play, and we encourage you to contact your Senator and Representative and ask them to vote “ought not to pass” on these bills:…

Testimony in support of LDs 68, 387, 1053

Testimony of Nancy Smith, Executive Director of GrowSmart Maine in support of LDs 68, 387, 1053 June 4, 2015 Senator Hamper, Representative Rotundo and members of the Joint Standing Committee on Appropriations and Financial Affairs, my name is Nancy Smith and I am the Executive Director of GrowSmart Maine. We are a statewide non-partisan, non-profit,…

Testimony in support of LD 1205, 931

Testimony of Nancy Smith, Executive Director of GrowSmart Maine in support of LD 1205, 931 June 5, 2015   Senator Hamper, Representative Rotundo and members of the Joint Standing Committee on Appropriations and Financial Affairs, my name is Nancy Smith and I am the Executive Director of GrowSmart Maine. I regret that I cannot attend…

Testimony in Support of Bonding Investing in the Economic Impact of Maine’s Natural Resources

Testimony of Nancy Smith, Executive Director of GrowSmart Maine in support of LD 924, 1069, and 1248 June 3, 2015 Senator Hamper, Representative Rotundo and members of the Joint Standing Committee on Approprations and Financial Affairs, my name is Nancy Smith and I am the Executive Director of GrowSmart Maine. We are a statewide non-partisan,…

Testimony in Support of Transportation Bonds

Testimony of Nancy Smith, Executive Director of GrowSmart Maine in support of funding transportation infrastructure June 2, 2015 Senator Hamper, Representative Rotundo and members of the Joint Standing Committee on Approprations and Financial Affairs, my name is Nancy Smith and I am the Executive Director of GrowSmart Maine. We are a statewide non-partisan, non-profit, membership-based…