The mission of GrowSmart Maine is to build lasting prosperity without sacrificing the quality of life that defines Maine.

People choose to live in Maine for many reasons: our iconic landscapes and architecture, our strong sense of local community and our gritty, independent spirit. GrowSmart Maine seeks to protect and foster these strengths because we believe they are the foundation for lasting prosperity. Our goals are community revitalization, conservation of farmland, forest and shoreland, and support for sustainable economic development that will benefit not just today’s Mainers but our children and grandchildren. As the ONLY statewide organization linking ALL these interrelated goals, GrowSmart Maine works with myriad other organizations and municipalities to convene discussion and take actions to revitalize our communities and economy while protecting our natural resources. Join us!


August Summer Tour and Cookout in Dover-Foxcroft!

Join us for an August Summer Tour and Cookout!

The Mill at Dover-Foxcroft is a 60,000 square foot historic mill complex that was renovated in 2015 into a mixed-use building with residences, office space, a café and a boutique inn.

“You took a building that was once falling down with windows broken and pigeons as residents and turned it back to the community” is how Chris Winstead describes The Mill at Dover Foxcroft. Chris is Executive Director of Piscataquis County Economic Development Council, one of many collaborators in this multi-use development.

Can development be socially responsible, environmentally friendly, and profitable in rural Maine? Experience this place, relax at a cookout, and learn more.

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LEANING INTO CHANGE: GrowSmart Maine's 2016 Fall Summit

While the post-recession economy has Portland and other urban areas booming … most everywhere else is struggling. This pressure for growth carries risks at both ends.

Come to GrowSmart Maine’s 2016 Fall Summit, LEANING INTO CHANGE, to discover how to move your piece of Maine in the right direction – without losing what you love most.

October 19, 2016, Waterville, Maine Morning tours around Waterville Afternoon sessions at Thomas College.

Your Business Here!

Did you know that businesses and organizations that join GrowSmart Maine at the $1000 level can receive the member benefit of a Business Profile posted on our homepage and sent out to our email list reaching thousands of potential customers? We’d love to highlight the good work you do! If you are a $1000 Investor Member of GrowSmart Maine, send us your logo, some photos of your projects and a bit about what you do and why it matters and we’ll share it! If you aren’t yet a $1000 Business member – You should be!  Join now at See all the others who agree and learn more about the benefits that await you as a Business Member of GrowSmart Maine.Help keep Maine…Maine.

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