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Summit 2014 - The Dollars and $ense of Smart Growth

GrowSmart Maine Summit 2014GrowSmart Maine Summit 2014 - The Dollars and $ense of Smart Growth

Tuesday, October 21st  Augusta Civic Center

Why plan for growth and change, when it seems so much easier to simply react?

When there is a distinct and shared vision for your community - when residents, businesses and local government anticipate a sustainable town with cohesive and thriving neighborhoods - you have the power to conserve your beautiful natural spaces, enhance your existing downtown or Main Street, enable rural areas to be productive and prosperous, and save money through efficient use of existing infrastructure.

This is the dollars and sense of smart growth.

Success is clearly visible in Maine, from the creation of a community-built senior housing complex and health center in Fort Fairfield to conservation easements creating Forever Farms to Rockland's revitalized downtown. Communities have options. We have the power to manage our own responses to growth and change.

After all, “Planning is a process of choosing among those many options. If we do not choose to plan, then we choose to have others plan for us.” - Richard I. Winwood

And in the end, this means that our children and their children will choose to make Maine home; and our economy will provide the opportunities to do so.



The Federal Reserve Bank of Boston will present the Working Cities Challenge - a groundbreaking effort to support leaders who are reaching across sectors to ensure that smaller cities are places of opportunity and prosperity for all their residents. The Challenge provides grants to promising efforts that exemplify and advance cross-sector collaboration and create deep and lasting change in their communities. Then hear from Maine’s own examples of municipal and regional successes in achieving the same goals.

The Dollars and $ense of Smart Growth: Three speakers, sharing perspectives from New England and across the country, will discuss the dollars and $ense of smart growth, as well as the essential connections between urban and rural interests across Maine

  • Jared Duval – Orton Family Foundation Trustee
  • Noelle MacKay – Commissioner of Community and Economic Development for Vermont and former Executive Director of Smart Growth Vermont
  • John Piotti – Executive Director of Maine Farmland Trust and former House Majority Leader of Maine Legislature

Closing Reception: Capital City Improv, Sense of Smart Growth – The Musical! 
Capital City Improv team Jen Shepherd, Elizabeth Helitzer, Larrance Fingerhut, Dennis A. Price, and David Greenham will use GrowSmart Summit 2014 as the jumping off point to create an on-the-spot, improvised musical. Fun, irreverent, and the perfect way to reflect on what we've learned at the Summit.

Registration will open September 2.  Visit for more information.

Mark Tuesday, October 21st on your calendar and we'll see you in Augusta.

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