Voices of Maine’s New Forest Economy: Eric Kingsley of Innovative Natural Resource Solutions

This month, GrowSmart Maine will be featuring speakers and subject matter experts on the topic of Maine’s New Forest Economy – leading up to our forum on the subject on March 24th in Hallowell. More information and Registration here. Eric Kingsley is a partner in Innovative Natural Resource Solutions LLC (INRS), a natural resource industries…

GrowSmart Maine Testifies on LD390: An Act Making Unified Appropriations and Allocations for the Expenditures of State Government, General Fund and Other Funds and Changing Certain Provisions of the Law Necessary to the Proper Operations of State Government for the Fiscal Years Ending June 30, 2018 and June 30, 2019

Testimony of Nancy Smith, Executive Director of GrowSmart Maine related to of LD 390 “An Act Making Unified Appropriations and Allocations for the Expenditures of State Government, General Fund and Other Funds and Changing Certain Provisions of the Law Necessary to the Proper Operations of State Government for the Fiscal Years Ending June 30, 2018…

Voices of Maine’s New Forest Economy: Ted Wright of TCNEF

This month, GrowSmart Maine will be featuring speakers and subject matter experts on the topic of Maine’s New Forest Economy – leading up to our forum on the subject on March 24th in Hallowell. More information and Registration here. Ted Wright is the Executive Director of the Trust to Conserve Northeast Forestlands. He grew up in…

GrowSmart Maine Testifies in Favor of LD 328: An Act to Provide Funds to the Local Government Fund to Encourage Regional Planning and Reorganization

Testimony of Nancy Smith, Executive Director of GrowSmart Maine in support of LD 328 “An Act to Provide Funds to the Local Government Fund to Encourage Regional Planning and Reorganization” March 1, 2017 Senator David, Representative Martin and members of the Joint Standing Committee on State and Local Government. My apologies for not being able…

4 Communities Where You’ll Find GrowSmart Maine in 2017

At GrowSmart Maine, we’re diligently working everyday to make Maine a thriving and abundant place of opportunity for those lucky enough to call this place home. We also work with the value that change brings about to communities without sacrificing the quality of life that makes Maine such a great place to live, work, and…

Food, Conversation, and the Future of Unity

Each town or region that embarks on the Making Headway in Your Community Program with GrowSmart Maine does so in their own way. The Town of Unity, Maine is no exception. Unity has spent considerable time planning and visioning and is ready for a more focused approach to addressing what comes next. Building on all…

GrowSmart is on the Road: Making Headway in the Katahdin Region

  Nancy Smith, Executive Director of GrowSmart Maine, presented as a panelist at “So, What’s Next? Our Future and a Pathway Forward” on January 12th. The fourth in a speaker series coordinated by Katahdin Revitalization, a member of the Katahdin Collaborative, the event attracted over 65 attendees. Nancy’s presentation outlined the community engagement process launching…

Is more retail really the answer? Growing smart in Hallowell

Check out the CentralMaine.com story: Hallowell Planning Board to host discussion about Stevens Commons project Below are remarks made at the Nov 16 Hallowell Planning Board Presentation by GrowSmart Maine’s Executive Director Nancy Smith: GrowSmart Maine is a statewide non-profit whose mission is to create lasting prosperity without sacrificing the quality of life that defines…

Take the Survey!

Your input needed to inform Maine’s zoning The Land Use Planning Commission is currently reviewing the adjacency principle, which is a policy that guides where new zones for development can be created. The purpose of the review is to find out if there are better ways to account for different situations when deciding where to encourage new…

Bridging Portland’s Divide: How to ensure residents are part of the development process

GrowSmart Maine continues to work on the conversation started at the June 9th, 2016 Smart Growth Forum- A Panorama on Portland’s Growth: Can Public Process Bridge the Gap?  Based on discussions with the 125 attendees at the forum and follow-up discussions with Portland’s neighborhood associations we have launched a project to clarify and illuminate the…