In 2006, GrowSmart Maine, in conjunction with the Brookings Institution, produced Charting Maine’s Future, an in-depth examination of Maine’s strength and weaknesses at the dawn of the new century. This report has become a seminal blueprint for managing growth in the new century, and its core conclusions continue to reverberate across the state, influencing discussion about managing Maine’s growth in a sustainable manner and preserving our much-heralded Quality of Place.
Here’s what the report recommends:
- Streamline government to cut taxes and reinvest in Maine’s economy.
- Invest in Maine’s Quality Places.
- Invest in Maine’s resourcefulness and creativity.
- Help Maine communities plan for the future.
We’re optimistic about Maine’s future.
- Maine is poised for a renewal — if we act now.
- The new economy favors Maine.
- Our population is growing again.
- The economy is diversifying.
- The Maine ‘brand’ is gaining in value.
But sustainable growth won’t happen unless we fix some of the problems we face.
- Our state’s economic development work is unfocused.
- Good, new jobs are just taking root.
- Our work force isn’t ready for tomorrow’s jobs.
- We tax and spend too much.
- We’re squandering our small-town landscape.
Here’s what we need to do:
- Strengthen our brand by safeguarding our small town, rural character.
- Make a few large investments.
- Charge tourists more.
- Streamline government to finance investments and tax cuts.
- Find new ways to work together.
- Read more about the specific recommendations
- Download or order a copy of Charting Maine’s Future: An Action Plan to Promote Sustainable Prosperity and Quality Places, the Executive Summary, or Summary of Recommendations
- Request a presentation for your community or organization
Regional Profiles (PDF files)
- Southern (York and Cumberland)
- Mid-Coast (Waldo, Knox, Lincoln, Sagadahoc)
- Down East (Hancock, Washington)
- Northern (Aroostook, Piscataquis, Penobscot)
- Western (Oxford, Franklin, Androscoggin)
- Central (Somerset, Kennebec)
Additional Background Papers (PDF files)
- The Maine Economy
- Thirty Years of Economic Development in Maine
- The Cost of Local Control: School Capital Investment and the Need for Regional Approaches
- Maine’s State- and Local-Government Payroll and Expenditure
- A Profile of the Maine State and Local Tax System
- A Brief Commentary on the Property Tax in Maine
- Exporting State and Local Taxes
- State of Maine Selected Service Center Development Capacity Analyses