Making Connections, Building Community

2Bath Sunset by Jackie Zimowski7A GrowSmart Maine forum dedicated to smart growth successes in Bath!

We find ourselves talking about smart growth all the time. Considering the name of our organization that isn’t a big surprise. We wanted to take a moment to really look into the many levels of smart growth, and explore a Maine community that has demonstrated some real success stories. Through our project Making Headway in Your Community – a collaborative effort with the Maine Downtown Center –  we framed this forum around the four lenses that make our communities unique. We highlighted Smart Design, Community Connections, Local Economy, and Healthy Communities in the City of Bath. Attendees heard the unique perspectives from our expert panelists and how to make those connections that build our communities.

Lite fare provided by Solo Bistro. Thanks to Bath Savings Institution for providing the space!
Our Forum was followed by the Bath Art Walk!

Friday, September 18th, 2:45 – 5pm

Bath Savings Institution
105 Front St, 3rd floor
Bath, ME

Co-hosted with Main Street Bath!



Chris Cabot, Kennebec Estuary Land Trust
Andrew Deci, City of Bath
Mike Fear, Now You’re Cooking
Anne Ball, Healthy Maine Streets

Nancy Smith, GrowSmart Maine – Moderator


2:45-3pm Networking and lite fare
3-4:30pm Program
4:30pm Explore the City!

Cost: $25 for members, $50 for non-members. Not a member?  Join today!

Panelist Bios:

Anne Ball joined the Maine Development Foundation in 2012 as a consultant to coordinate the Maine Downtown Center’s newest initiatives – a three-year CDC Community Transformation Grant known as Healthy Maine Streets (HMS) and Grants to Green Maine, in partnership with Maine Community Foundation and Efficiency Maine. Anne has worked in Maine on other multi–sector projects including serving as the Cultural and Heritage Tourism Coordinator for DECD for 6 years. In addition, Anne has served as a consultant to many organizations in Maine including: Maine Preservation, Maine Humanities Council, Maine State Museum and private architecture firms and communities. Anne has a BS from St. Lawrence University and an MA in Historic Preservation from Boston University.

Chris Cabot has a background in conservation working for various non-profits and state agencies in Maine and holds an M.S. from Antioch University New England. He facilitates new conservation projects and manages the Local Farms-Local Food program which is focused on securing, preserving, and stewarding threatened farmland in the Bath-Brunswick region. He splits his time between the Brunswick-Topsham Land Trust and KELT and is a member of a CSA in North Yarmouth.

Andrew Deci has been the Director of Planning & Development for the City of Bath since 2011.  Prior to his tenure in Bath, Andrew worked in the cultural resource management and community planning fields in suburban Virginia.  His academic interests include the influence of the built environment on social capital and the vernacular architecture of tidewater communities; his personal interests include growing garlic, watching the weather, homebrewing, and woodworking.  Andrew is a graduate of the Historic Preservation program at Mary Washington College in Fredericksburg, Va.  He resides in Bath with his wife.

Mike Fear grew up and worked on a farm in England. He attended Iowa State University before becoming a farm magazine editor in upstate New York. He moved to Bath in 1989 where he worked for the Bath Chamber of Commerce and for a small retailer. Mike and his wife Betsy opened their cookware store on Front Street in 2000.

Nancy E. Smith has lived and worked in Maine since 1981 and joined GrowSmart Maine as Executive Director in April 2010. She served four terms in the Maine State House of Representatives, representing Monmouth, Litchfield and Wales, while working on her family’s diversified livestock farm in Monmouth. She served as House Chair of the Legislative Committee on Business, Research, and Economic Development and as a member of the Committee on Agriculture, Conservation, and Forestry. In addition, Nancy worked as a forester for over twenty years.  She is a member of Monmouth’s Economic Development Committee and serves on the board of the Rural Community Action Ministry.   She formerly served as a member of the Maine Economic Growth Council, on the board of Maine Rural Partners, and as co-chair of the Council of State Governments/Eastern Regional Conference. Nancy is the mother of three native Mainers.