September 21st Gubernatorial Forum on Quality of Place at the Historic Bangor Opera House

On the evening of September 21st, as part of a coalition of 11 non-profit organizations with a distinct commitment to Quality of Place (QoP), GrowSmart Maine helped to sponsor, organize and present the first ever gubernatorial forum on Quality of Place issues that was held at the Historic Bangor Opera House, home of Penobscot Theatre. All five of the gubernatorial candidates who will be listed on the November statewide ballot were invited to attend the forum. Kevin Scott (Independent) , Libby Mitchell (Democrat), Shawn Moody (Independent) and Eliot Cutler (Independent) participated in the forum and Paul LePage (Republican) was not able to participate due to a previous commitment.

Malaga Island, September 2010

I was there to witness as the Governor of Maine apologized to the descendants of Malaga Island for the horrible actions of the state nearly a hundred years ago. A group of about 90 of us gathered on what had once been the populated side of the 41-acre island set just a few hundred yards off the Maine shoreline.

Candidates debate ‘quality of place’

BANGOR, Maine — Four of the five candidates for governor discussed their ideas for preserving Maine’s “quality of place” on Tuesday during a mild-mannered debate that touched on planned growth, land conservation and ways to revive the state’s historic downtown districts.

Bangor Gubernatorial Forum Focuses on Maine’s Quality of Place

How will Maine’s next Governor preserve and incorporate the state’s unique quality of place with their plans to stimulate economic development? How do challenges such as the rising costs of health care and energy intersect with protecting and promoting Maine’s unique natural and cultural assets? Maine gubernatorial candidates will discuss these and other topics in a forum on September 21 at 5:00 p.m. in the Historic Bangor Opera House, home of Penobscot Theatre, on Bangor’s Main Street.

A New Home for our Blog!

Due to unforeseen technical issues, we have moved our blog. I will be importing our archives as soon as I can. If you are looking for a particular post that I haven't imported yet, please feel free to contact me.  Thanks for your patience!

Announcing Our Community Visioning & Civic Engagement Workshop Series

As you probably already know, GrowSmart Maine has been working with the Town of Standish, through our Model Town project, to facilitate citizen-led efforts to implement “smart growth” strategies from Standish’s new Comprehensive Plan.

Vote Yes on 4 for Communities for Maine’s Future

On Election Day eve, we at GrowSmart Maine want to reach out with information about Communities for Maine’s Future and the Question 4 Bond.

It has been said that Maine’s economic development does not hinge on a single “silver bullet” approach, but instead will come with “a silver buckshot” approach, involving a targeted combination of incentives and programs. Question 4 represents just such a plan!

Downtown Revitalization in the News: Waterville and Farmington

This Lewiston Sun Journal article reports that the Farmington Downtown Association recently held a well-attended public forum to discuss downtown revitalization efforts. Today's Morning Sentinel also features this story about a series of facade improvements and public space investments beginning in Waterville funded by a community development block grant. Great news for vibrant downtowns!

Revitalizing Maine Communities Conference

GrowSmart Maine is pleased to partner with Maine Downtown Center and Maine Preservation to present the Revitalizing Maine Communities Conference in downtown Augusta on June 3 & 4. For more information, click here.