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Project Canopy Director Receives Arbor Award

AUGUSTA, Maine – The director of the Maine Forest Service’s community forestry program has been awarded the 2011 President’s Award for the New England Chapter of the International Society of Arboriculture (NEC-ISA).

Jan Ames Santerre, director of Project Canopy, was presented the award last month during the society’s 45th annual conference and trade show held at the Maine Maritime Museum in Bath. She was one of three recipients who received the award from Tom Hoerth, chapter past president and arborist for the city of Bath.  Read more…

Governor visits Livermore Falls medical arts center

LIVERMORE FALLS – The governor visited the Jay and Livermore Falls area today, stopping in at the medical center under construction on Depot Street…Bunker noted the second entrance was designed to integrate the building into the downtown, a concept LePage immediately seized upon. He agreed with the logic, saying that improving the downtown in communities across the state was a key step in revitalizing the area.  Read more…

Unity awarded downtown revitalization grant

Unity — Vacant for more than 40 years, the former Unity Grammar School will be given new life, thanks to a grant awarded by the Maine Department of Economic and Community Development. The downtown building will be renovated for a variety of purposes that support local farmers and consumers, as part of a proposed “food hub.”  Read more…

Improving LURC

Bangor Daily News, 10/19/11

As a state panel moves forward with its review of the often maligned Land Use Regulation Commission, a coalition of environmental and planning groups has come up with a reasonable outline for changes to the agency. Their suggestions should be carefully considered.  Read more…

$400,000 for grange renovation

MONMOUTH — A project to renovate the Monmouth Grange Hall got a $400,000 boost recently to help turn it into a showpiece for community events, a well equipped emergency shelter, and space for The Theater at Monmouth.

GrowSmart Maine announced last week the Grange was one of 11 projects to get Maine Department of Economic and Community Development grants for downtown revitalization projects.  Read more…

Grow Smart Maine director details Down East visit

Posted Oct. 15, 2011, at 2:57 p.m.

MACHIAS, Maine — Nancy Smith, the executive director of Grow Smart Maine, visited the Down East area this summer, traveling up the coast from Stonington to Calais.

“Some people may have the impression that Washington County is the end of the world,’’ she said. “No, I discovered it is the center of everything.” Smith said that optimism is the key, and when the global and national economy begins to recover many Down East communities will be ready and open for business.  Read more…

$3.5M to revitalize 11 downtowns

MaineBiz, News Staff.  10/13/11

The Maine Department of Economic and Community Development has awarded 11 grants totaling $3.5 million to downtown revitalization projects around the state.

The department received a total of 32 applications seeking more than $8.6 million from the Communities for Maine’s Future program, according to a press release from Portland-based organization GrowSmart, which in 2009 helped get the program approved by the Maine Legislature. Read more…

Culture and economy project featured at White House

ST, JOHN VALLEY – Project Cultivate,  Nancy Smith, Executive Director of GrowSmart Maine, presented a briefing paper on a creative economic development initiative taking place in the St. John Valley at a recent White House Community Leaders Briefing in Washington, D.C.  Smith highlighted details on development efforts taking place in Maine and what is required for economic growth. Read more…

Project Canopy alerts to Hazardous Trees in Houlton, ME

Rotting, dead wood and bark decay. While some tree owners may rub these signs off as no big deal, The Maine Forest Service calls them a huge hazard. News Source 8 Reporter Jenna Callari has the details about an informational workshop held Tuesday, that warned residents about potential tree hazards.  Read more…

Executive Director Nancy E. Smith on Good Day Maine

Nancy Smith, executive director of GrowSmart Maine joins "Good Day Maine" this morning to talk about her company, which promotes sustainable prosperity for all Mainers by integrating working and natural landscape conservation, economic growth, and community revitalization.  Read more…