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Maine is one of the most beautiful places in the world and yet one of the poorest states in the country. The contrast between the richness of our environment and the poorness of our economy creates real risks to Maine’s unique quality places and its future. GrowSmart Maine’s role in addressing these risks is to raise awareness and support of smart growth by demystifying the principles and connecting Mainers with the resources they need to manage the growth and change in their communities.

GrowSmart Maine’s work is grounded in the connections between the conservation of natural resources, community revitalization and economic development. That is, by definition, smart growth. Core principles such as strategic land conservation, sustainable economic development, efficient transportation systems, climate change mitigation and adaptation and even opportunities for optimal personal health are achievable with smart growth principles, policies and projects.

Our goal is to ensure that future generations will be willing and able to call Maine home.

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The Atrium at Bates Mill

GrowSmart Maine

Thank you to everyone who joined us!

REFLECT on ten years of smart growth in Maine
CELEBRATE the first ten years of GrowSmart Maine
EXPLORE the next ten years in Maine.
*** Make it Happen ***

Evan Richert's presentation:


Smart Growth Timeline 2003-2013 (pdf)

Smart Growth Timeline


Smart Growth panel
• Maine Department of Transportation Commissioner David Bernhardt
• Innovation Advisor and Former President of Maine Technology Institute Betsy Biemann
• Vice President & Director of Smart Growth America’s Leadership Institute Roger Millar
• Gabrielle Russell, Principal at HYPHEN and President of Grow L+A
• Moderated by Developers Collaborative Founder Kevin Bunker


Bates Mill


1pm - Registration and Exhibits open - refreshments available

2pm -Welcome and Recognition of Founding Board Members

2:15pm - Business Meeting and Election of Board Members  

2:45pm - Evan Richert: Smart Growth in Maine 2003-2013 Timeline Presentation

3:15pm - The Future of Smart Growth in Maine Panel Discussion

4pm - Networking Reception and brewery tours


Generously sponsored by:

CEIDrummond WoodsumNorthern Insurance GroupPDT ArchitectsPlatz AssociatesProject CanopyWright-Ryan Construction

Bath Savings InstitutionDirigo Capital AdvisorsMaine Downtown Center

Maine Community Foundation

Maine AudubonMaine Farmland TrustWCCOG

Androscoggin Chamber



The Atrium at Bates Mill


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GrowSmart Maine is geared up and engaging in the 126th legislative session! As we weigh in on key issues, we will post our progress and views here on our site. We hope you too will engage in the process, sharing your thoughts with us and with your elected officials.

Project Canopy

A collaboration between the Maine Forest Service and GrowSmart Maine, Project Canopy is Maine's urban and community forestry program. Our Mission: Create and maintain healthy urban and community forests for or economic, ecological, and quality of life benefits for Mainers.

IMPLEMENTING THE VISION: FIRST STEPS Practical Steps to Transform Commercial Strips Into Mixed-Use Centers

Can commercial strips in the small town environment such as we find in Maine be retrofit to meet the needs of both property owners and the public?

To answer the question, three design exercises were carried out in cooperation with local planners and the owners of (1) an older strip shopping center in an in-town location, (2) an older strip shopping center in a suburban location, and (3) a group of properties in an emerging strip along a rural arterial and, in each case, local planners and design and development consultants.

Maine Downtown Coalition

In 2007, GrowSmart Maine led the creation of the Maine Downtown Coalition, a collection of non profit organizations, town and city officials, Main Street programs, business people and others dedicated to revitalizing Maine communities and fostering redevelopment of some of our most unique assets: our historic Main Streets and downtown districts.

Maine Model Town - Standish

Standish, a growing town of about 10,000, was selected for GrowSmart Maine's Model Town Project in part because of their readiness to implement their new Comprehensive Plan. GrowSmart Maine and its project team facilitated citizen-led efforts to implement "smart growth" strategies from Standish's new Comprehensive Plan. The project's key goals were to revitalize the village area around Standish Corner, attract new businesses, and conserve Standish's open spaces and rural character. On June 8th. 2011, the Standish town Council unanimously voted to adopt Form-Based Code. This makes Standish the first town in Maine to do so.

Summit 2012

Thank you to the hundreds of people who helped make the GrowSmart Maine Summit 2012 a success! We've posted videos of the keynote addresses and plenary sessions, speech transcripts, participant list, panelist bios and information on all our sponsors. Thank you for your part in keeping Maine...Maine.

summit sponsorsBangor Savings BankEnvironmental Funders NetworkDevelopers CollaborativeLerner FoundationDrummond WoodsumProject CanopyMaineBizGovernment StrategiesMattson DevelopmentWright-RyanPDT ArchitectsAvesta HousingCEICurtis Thaxter LLCLachman ArchitectsMaine AudubonMAHCMEREDAPeloton Labs LLCreVision EnergyreVision HeatWright-PierceMDIBLNNECAPA

Sponsors help make the GrowSmart Maine Summit happen each year.  The support of these companies and organizations reflects their commitment to sustainable prosperity and to work together with GrowSmart Maine and diverse others for a better Maine. 

"Quality of Place" What does it mean?

What brought you to Maine? Why do you stay? What keeps you coming back year after year? That is Quality of Place. The rocky coastline, the old growth forests, the rolling farmlands, the historic downtowns, the loon calls on still lakes, the 3rd generation family that works the fields, the farms and the fisheries. The quintessential Maine that we all have come to love - the thing that makes Maine...Maine - that is Quality of Place. That is what GrowSmart Maine strives to protect.


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