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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…

Going Downtown: Redevelopment projects aim to put the ‘cool’ back into Maine’s downtowns

by Lori Valigra, MaineBiz The lights dimmed across many formerly thriving downtowns in the 1970s, an era known internationally for its economic upheavals and a time when city dwellers fled to the space and greenery of the suburbs on new superhighways near proliferating big box stores. This “hollowing out” phenomenon referred as much to the…

Maine delegation heads to Denmark on climate tour

-by Lori Valigra, MaineBiz A group of 14 Maine business and municipal leaders, legislators, educators and others is heading to Denmark on Aug. 31 to learn how that country has reduced its fossil fuel use to address climate change. “We hope to learn what can be done on the community level, with towns or a…

Denmark has climate change lessons for Maine, this group will find them

-By Nancy Smith and Sue Inches, Special to the BDN If you saw a threat, would you avoid it? If you saw an opportunity, would you take it? We all know the answers to these questions, and so do 14 Maine leaders who will board an airplane later this week heading for Denmark. That’s because…

GrowSmart Maine receives two community development grants

MAINE — GrowSmart Maine is pleased to announce the receipt of two grants from the Elmina B. Sewall Foundation in support of its mission; to build lasting prosperity without sacrificing the quality of life that define Maine. GrowSmart Maine and the Maine Downtown Center, a program of the Maine Development Foundation, have partnered together in creating…

Roof and signs chosen as GrowSmart projects in Livermore Falls

-Pam Harnden, Franklin Sun Journal LIVERMORE FALLS — Townspeople Wednesday night unanimously chose a new roof for the Livermore Community Center and signs for the Androscoggin Land Trust trails system as projects for grant funding from GrowSmart Maine, the Maine Downtown Center and their supporting partners. The meeting was a follow-up to one last fall…