Maine is an amazing state. There are places in Maine that inspire us, please us and connect us with our roots. These are the places where we work and play. This is where we live.
In 2006, GrowSmart Maine brought the Brookings Institution to Maine and called together people from across the state. We asked, “What do you love about this place?” We then gathered the information needed to define how we could grow our economy and increase per capita income without losing those things we value. Charting Maine’s Future: An Action Plan for Promoting Sustainable Prosperity and Quality Places resulted from these conversations and research.
The Brookings Institution, a nationally recognized, nonpartisan think tank, confirmed our notion of what’s right about Maine–and that it is our brand. And the Brookings Institution showed us what we could do to protect that brand as we build our economy.
Charting Maine’s Future called for bold investments in our economy, our communities and the natural and working landscapes that surround us. It outlined a three-part strategy for promoting sustainable prosperity:
- Invest in a place-based, innovation-focused economy;
- Trim government to invest in Maine’s economy and to finance tax reductions; and,
- Support the revitalization of Maine’s towns and cities, while channeling growth to reduce development strain on rural lands.
GrowSmart Maine recognized the need for an update to the original report and presents Charting Maine’s Future: Making Headway to those who, like us, are working toward this shared vision. The purpose of this update is to recognize the successes, hold up the lessons learned, and empower Mainers to keep doing good work.
This update was released in September of 2012, and formed the foundation of Summit 2012, October 23, at the Augusta Civic Center.