Making Headway in Your Community 2016

GrowSmart Maine and the Maine Downtown Center, a program of the Maine Development Foundation, are pleased to announce the selection of five Maine communities to participate in our joint community development program, “Making Headway in Your Community.” The Making Headway program involves three community events over six to eight months, providing a fresh focus on…

GrowSmart Maine Testimony in Opposition to Cuts to 2016 CDBG Program Statement

Deborah Johnson Director, Office of Community Development Maine Dept. of Economic and Community Development Augusta, Maine Oct 29, 2015 Dear Ms. Johnson, I am writing to address one component of the Draft 2016 CDBG Program Statement. I am writing both for GrowSmart Maine and in my role as a member of the Advisory Council of…

Your Voice Matters! Vote Tomorrow!!

We all have our opinions.  Only twice per year do we have a concrete way to voice them.  Tomorrow is one of those chances – don’t let it pass you by.  Your vote matters, your voice matters.  And tomorrow, across the state, you get a say in what happens with your tax dollars and in…

Last Chance! Online Registration closes Friday!

Don’t miss this great opportunity to discover tools you can use in your community to become more resilient, efficient and informed in the face of a changing climate using consumer-friendly tactics gleaned from our recent trip to Denmark. Registration closes Friday for Community Solutions to a Changing Climate: The GrowSmart Maine Annual Meeting, October 20th…

GrowSmart Maine opposes Portland’s Question 2

PORTLAND – In an act unprecedented in its history, GrowSmart Maine’s Board of Directors has unanimously voted to oppose Portland’s Question 2, the “View Shed Referendum.” It may seem unusual that an organization dedicated to protecting Maine’s heritage, landscape and future would turn its back on a referendum devoted to protecting the city’s view sheds….

Making Connections, Building Community

-Submitted by Jake Korb, Main Street Bath This past Friday a group of engaged citizens from around the state gathered to learn about and discuss the concept of Smart Growth, and how Bath has exemplified the principles of Smart Growth throughout its history. Entitled Making Connections, Building Community the forum was built upon short presentations…

Climate Tour: Denmark 2015 will bring Community Solutions for a Changing Climate

Heating oil prices are the lowest they’ve been in years, but we know as the thermometer drops, the costs will rise.  Last year’s extreme cold and brutal storms are forecast to continue into next winter.  As we stockpile firewood, Mainers are confronted with the global impact of a changing climate on a local scale. It’s…

Community Meets Commerce

There seems to be a story for each business along Main Street in Norway Maine.  I had a chance to explore this downtown on a recent sunny afternoon.  My favorite story came as we stood in front of CEBE, a local non-profit referred to as “see-bee”, looking across the street towards the yellow building with…

Arts and Culture as Economic Drivers – A Smart Growth Forum in Belfast!

After much work and anticipation, our July 24th smart growth forum was upon us on a lovely Belfast afternoon (and by lovely we mean a combination of sun, followed by thunderstorms, followed by sun). The farmers' market was bustling in front of Waterfall Arts and there were smiling faces all around. The topic was Arts…

A Tour of Munjoy Heights – Maine’s Only Woonerf!

With only a slight change in plans courtesy of New England Summer weather patterns, our Smart Growth Tour of Munjoy Heights was held on an absolutely stunning afternoon on June 24th. Highlights from the tour included an inspiring collaboration with Portland Trails that connects Jacks Path with the property via easement. Installation of what seemed…