Update on Making Headway in Your Community: Will We Be in Your Town Next?

Making Headway in Your Community is wrapping up its first full year as a community engagement program, a partnership of the Maine Downtown Center and GrowSmart Maine. GrowSmart Maine and Maine Downtown Center are engaged with communities on the public meeting components of Making Headway.  Projects are underway in several towns while the rest are…

Wilton and Rumford to Participate in Making Headway In Your Community, a project of GrowSmart Maine and Maine Downtown Center.

Movie Night and Community Conversation being held in each community. Wilton, Rumford – The communities of Wilton and Rumford have been chosen to participate in Making Headway In Your Community, a joint community development program of GrowSmart Maine and the Maine Downtown Center at the Maine Development Foundation. These communities were selected for their demonstrated…

Our April Forum: 21st Century Transportation: Shared Vehicles, E-Bikes and their Implications for a Smart Growth Economy in Maine

The future of transportation is not as far away as you think…and it may look a lot different than you’re expecting. Join us from 8 to 10 am on April 28 at Cyclemania in Portland for a GrowSmart Maine forum on how technology and the sharing economy is changing transportation both urban and rural.  …

Save The Date!! April 28 in Portland– 21st Century Transportation: Shared and Driverless Vehicles, E-Bikes and their Implications for a Smart Growth Economy in Maine

The future of transportation is not as far away as you think…and it may look a lot different than you’re expecting. Join us from 8 to 10 am on April 28 for a GrowSmart Maine breakfast forum on how technology and the sharing economy is changing transportation both urban and rural. Non-profit Car Sharing is…

Advocacy Alert – Contact your Legislators Now to Support the Solar Bill: LD 1649

Please contact your Legislator now and ask them to support LD 1649: An Act To Modernize Maine’s Solar Power Policy and Encourage Economic Development. This bill, currently being worked in the Energy, Utilities and Technology Committee, is the result of a 6-month stakeholder process incorporating a diverse group of stakeholders including solar installers, environmental groups,…

GrowSmart Maine Testifies in Favor of LD 1649, “An Act to Modernize Maine’s Solar Power Policy and Encourage Economic Development”

Testimony of Nancy Smith, Executive Director of GrowSmart Maine in support of LD 1649 “An Act to Modernize Maine’s Solar Power Policy and Encourage Economic Development” March 16, 2015 Senator Woodsome, Representative Dion and members of the Joint Standing Committee on Energy, Utilities and Technology, my name is Nancy Smith and I am the Executive…

Winding Down or Gearing up?

Both could be said for the State Legislature right now. Committees are finishing up their work last week and this, so most bills will move to the floors of both chambers for debate and then on to the Appropriations table or the Governor’s desk, if they aren’t left for dead. Oh, the imagery of Augusta! …

Your Business Here!

Did you know that businesses and organizations that join GrowSmart Maine at the $1000 level can receive the member benefit of a Business Profile posted on our homepage and sent out to our email list reaching thousands of potential customers? We’d love to highlight the good work you do! If you are a $1000 Investor…

Share Your Maine Downtown! #DowntownME

I got a little inspired this morning (it is a sunny February day after all)! On the way to Social Media Breakfast Maine (which is in the same building as our offices!) I happened to park in a different spot.  Looking up and around at the beautiful day, I saw a bit of Portland from…

What’s Happening in Augusta

Legislative committees seem to be holding to a strategy of focusing on those bills with strong bipartisan support.  There are exceptions, but for the most part if a bill does not have strong support in committee, it will not advance this year.  No word still on when or if we will see a supplemental budget…