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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…

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…

New group forms to support faster Internet in Maine

By Darren Fishell, BDN Staff PORTLAND, Maine — A group of businesses, nonprofits and policymakers supporting broadband expansion have formed the Maine Broadband Coalition to research and lobby in favor of bills supporting increasing Internet speeds in Maine. The group includes a number of organizations, companies and state officials who have previously advocated for expanding…

Complete Streets: Maine Seeks to Make Roadways More People-Friendly

AUGUSTA, Maine – Maine has adopted a so-called "Complete Streets" policy. It's hoped the policy will lead to Maine roadways that are more friendly to people who aren't in cars. When Main Street in Bangor was last re-built it wasn't a "Complete Street." Who says so? State Transportation Commissioner David Bernhardt. And he ought to…

GrowSmart partners with Canton, Jay, Livermore, Livermore Falls, Wilton

LIVERMORE FALLS — One lesson learned over the past eight years is that for change to have a lasting impact, it has to come from the community, Nancy Smith, executive director of GrowSmart Maine, said Wednesday. “If there is no local buy-in, it's not going to work,” she said. GrowSmart has three staff members and…

ANOTHER VIEW: Far from sunk, Brookings report still inspiring action in Maine

We Mainers love our curmudgeons; sometimes just for the challenge of getting them to smile. John Frary recently celebrated his curmudgeonliness in his March 9 column, “Michaud’s grand plan harvested selectively from Brookings report.” In this piece, Frary says “Charting Maine’s Future,” the Brookings report, “seems to have sunk without a trace.” Oh, but that’s…

Lewiston-Auburn honored for pro-pedestrian paving policy

-Scott Taylor, Lewiston Sun Journal Cooperation by the Twin Cities is what pushed them to the front for a national transportation planning honor, according to a national planning advocacy group. Lewiston and Auburn were recognized Tuesday for having the fourth-best implementation of the Complete Streets policy out of 80 policies adopted in 2013 by Smart…