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GrowSmart Maine Exec Director Nancy Smith on Maine Calling Thursday May 11, 1p & 8pm

GrowSmart Maine’s Executive Director, Nancy Smith, will be live in studio with the Maine Calling team from 1-2p on Thursday May 11, 2017, discussing smart growth and which issues residents, neighborhoods and developers should keep in mind when looking to grow. Maine Calling airs live on Maine Public radio at 1p and is rebroadcast at 8pm. The show…

Wilton community conversation set for May 16

WILTON — Ideas for use of a grant from the community development program Making Headway in Your Community will be presented by community members and put to a vote on Monday. A community conversation takes place from 6 to 8 p.m. Monday, May 16, at Calzolaio Pasta Co. The evening will include a light meal…

Downtown movie night kicks off Wilton community engagement program

By Lauren Abbate Staff Writer, Kennebec Journal A free public showing of a film about the revitalization of a mill in Freedom will kick off Wilton’s participation in an eight-month community engagement program. A downtown movie night scheduled for 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at the Calzolaio Pasta Company is the first community engagement event…

Improvement projects chosen in three Washington County communities

By Johanna S. Billings, BDN Staff MILBRIDGE, Maine — Under a new program, three Washington County municipalities have gathered residents who have chosen small projects they believe will make a big difference in their communities. All three are participating in Making Headway in Your Community, a joint community development program organized by GrowSmart Maine and…

Call to Communities for Broadband & Smart Growth Planning Assistance

Communities interested in using broadband service to help revitalize small-town main streets and promote economic development are encouraged to apply for Cool & Connected, a pilot program sponsored by USDA Rural Utilities Service and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Office of Sustainable Communities. Through Cool & Connected, a team of experts will help community members…

3 Down East communities could get $1,000 each for local projects

By Johanna S. Billings, BDN Staff EASTPORT, Maine — Residents of three municipalities in Washington County are invited to gather to talk about what they might be able to do with a donation of $1,000 to make a difference in their communities. Eastport, Lubec and Milbridge have been selected to take part in Making Headway…

Why an unlikely coalition supports ‘no’ vote on Portland’s Question 2

-Lisa Whited, Special to the BDN Local real estate developers and advocates for homeless Mainers; renters and property owners; Republicans and Democrats; business associations and local labor leaders. This might look like a list of folks you would expect to disagree; in fact, these are all characteristics of people and groups urging a “no” vote…

We Can Do This, Maine

BY KATE DEMPSEY Since the 1970s oil crisis, Denmark has made great strides at becoming independent of imported fossil fuels and creating a clean energy economy. Weeks ago, I joined 13 other Maine people representing a variety of sectors — educators, business owners, legislators, town planners and managers — to learn about Denmark’s efforts and…

Maine Voices: GrowSmart Maine contends Portland’s Question 2 would shut down responsible growth

-Nancy Smith Portland voters are being asked to approve a referendum question that could cripple future investment and tarnish the city’s reputation for welcoming new ideas. Question 2, the so-called “viewshed referendum,” places predictability and fairness on the back burner, and seeks to place current plans for developing the Portland waterfront there as well. Scenic…