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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…

Public forum scheduled to assist Livermore Community Center and local trails

-Pam Harnden, Sun Journal LIVERMORE – GrowSmart Maine (GSM) knows that communities with caring residents who are active in government and area organizations will be stronger in the future and is working to further promote those efforts. A public forum has been set for May 20th, with time and place still to be determined, to…

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…