Annual Summits

2019 Summit

Save the Date

Smart Growth Builds Wellness

Sparking a new dialogue to align planning and development with personal, community & global health

Host cities: Biddeford and Saco

sessions held in the
Pepperell Mill, Biddeford, ME
Thursday, October 24, 2019


designed to recognize the diverse activities that
contribute to smart growth and serve as real-life
illustrations of the benefits it brings.
Nomination Form
Transformation and Climate Change New Criteria for
Year Two Smart Growth Awards

Last year’s Smart Growth Awards recognized a college-funded modern downtown dorm and community space in Waterville alongside an ambitious plan to meld enhanced public housing into the Portland community – among others. This year, the awards, now open for applications, take smart growth a step further.

“Two things stood out from last year’s judging,” said Nancy Smith, executive director of GrowSmart Maine. “First, the judges were very interested in considering whether entries had the potential to transform a neighborhood or a community point-of-view by introducing smart growth principles. Second, they strongly believed that climate change adaptation should be part of the evaluation criteria. So, this year we have added criteria that address both of those ideas.”

Smart growth is a common sense concept that helps communities welcome – and manage – growth while still maintaining their historic feel and natural beauty.

The Smart Growth Awards are designed to recognize the diverse activities that contribute to smart growth, and also serve as real-life illustrations of the benefits it can bring.

The awards will showcase the kind of projects, plans, and policies that support smart growth in all its diversity, whether it’s a plan for a walkable and inclusive village center, a development that is affordable and sustainably built, a successful new transit endeavor, or a community-supported adaptation to climate change that safeguards the built or natural environment.

Charles Colgan, former Maine state economist and Evan Richert, former head of state planning and a long-time Maine community planner, are returning for their second year of judging. They will be joined by Maureen Drouin, executive director of Maine Conservation Voters.


Request for Proposals

Smart Growth Builds Wellness

We are accepting proposals for three to five breakout sessions that spark a new dialogue to align planning and development with personal, community & global health.

Your presentation proposal could be for you, a panel discussion, and/or an interactive workshop. It should demonstrate success, creativity, new model approaches and/or themes and learning applicable to Maine. Presenters receive free admission to the Summit.

You may submit more than one presentation/workshop idea. You may edit your text after submittal up until the deadline of 4 pm on Wednesday, August 14th.


GrowSmart Maine holds an Annual Summit each fall in a featured Maine community

Summit Collage

Summits & Annual Meetings

2018 Summit ‘The Power of Localism: Tapping into a Maine Tradition’, Bangor

2017 Summit ‘First, Build a Bridge’, Westbrook

2016 Summit ‘Leaning Into Change: Maine-Grown Solutions’, Waterville

2015 Summit ‘Community Solutions to a Changing Climate’, Biddeford

2014 Summit ‘The Dollars and $ense of Smart Growth’, Augusta

2013 Annual Meeting ‘Ten Years of Smart Growth & GrowSmart Maine’

2012 Summit ‘Economy, Environment, Community’, Augusta

2011 Annual Meeting ‘Check in on Sprawl’ – Evan Richert