Thursday October 11, 8:30a-5p
Cross Insurance Center, Bangor
The Power Of Localism: Tapping Into a Maine Tradition
2018 GrowSmart Maine Summit & Annual Meeting
Maine’s premier smart growth conference offers inspiration, resources and networking opportunities and this year we’ve created a program coupling national leaders with Maine successes and Maine’s first Smart Growth Awards. Plenary and breakout sessions addressing Maine’s rural economy are followed by Bangor Experience tours and workshops throughout our host city. Light breakfast, lunch and reception food & drink included.
**This event has passed. See below for presentations, photos and video from the 2018 Summit**
Registration & Networking Breakfast
Bruce Katz, co-author of ‘The New Localism‘
The New Localism defined in urban settings is readily translated to Maine’s small communities in rural regions. We Mainers recognize this pragmatic approach as our heritage. And today we are adapting our rural towns to changing conditions in our population, economy and climate to retain those attributes that define hometowns while creating economic opportunities.
View Bruce’s Slide Deck Here: The New Localism
Jase Wilson, CEO & Founder, Neighborly
Neighborly is a San Francisco-based fintech startup modernizing access to public finance – the billion dollar per day market that funds vital public projects like schools, parks, and next-generation infrastructure like municipal broadband and community solar.
View Jase’s Slide Deck Here: Neighborly
Three concurrent interactive sessions exploring diverse expressions of localism around Maine
1. Reinventing Rural Maine: Katahdin’s Local Sparks Ignite
In the Katahdin Region, and elsewhere in rural Maine hit hard by the transition of natural resource economies, there is the promise of change starting with small steps. Such small wins make space for larger work, creative collaborations and pathways for dedicated individuals to make a big impact on a local level. Our Katahdin’s passionate, volunteer board of directors consisting of six alumni from the region are looking to innovate on traditional economic models and create a model for rural development. Hear the inspirational success story of hometown community revitalization and how a handful of volunteers are redeveloping a 1,400 acre mill site.
- Lucy Van Hook, Director of Community Development, Our Katahdin
- Matt Delaney, Director, Millinocket Memorial Library
- Mike Faloon, VP of Finance and Investment + Board Member, Our Katahdin & Chief Strategy Officer, Neighborly
- Mike Wilson, Senior Program Director, Northern Forest Center
View the Reinventing Rural Maine Slide Deck Here: KatahdinSparks-Master Presentation
2. First & Main: How to Leverage Your Local Story to Unlock Federal Funding
There has been a seismic shift in successful economic development strategies, hinging on the creation of a sense of place. Boomers, millennials and job creators are looking for thriving downtowns in connected places. Get an update on how federal funding impacts community revitalization and how to utilize your story to advocate for your community and secure federal dollars to support local revitalization.
- Scott Goldstein, Transportation For America & Smart Growth America
- Michael Madore, Town Councilor, Millinocket
- Samantha Paradis, Mayor, Belfast
View the First & Main Slide Deck Here: First & Main Presentation
3. Staying Warm: Community-Based Solutions for Statewide Energy Efficiency Challenges
With a rural and remote population, some of the oldest homes and buildings in the nation and a cold winter season, Maine demands creative approaches to closing the rural energy efficiency gap and keeping Mainers warm and healthy. A panel of local practitioners from across Maine will share their experiences bringing creative energy efficiency initiatives to their communities including island communities, Bangor and Ellsworth. Learn about tools, resources, programs and approaches that you can bring back to your community.
- Brooks Winner, Community Development Officer, Island Institute
- Johannah Blackman, Founding Member and Board Member of A Climate to Thrive
- Debbie Cyr, Finance Director & EnergySmart Bangor Lead, City of Bangor
- Sophie Janeway, Climate & Clean Energy Outreach Coordinator, Natural Resources Council of Maine
View the Staying Warm Slide Deck Here: Staying_Warm_Panel
Lunch in the Ballroom
Bangor Experience Sessions
Four concurrent immersive experiences: walking tours, trolley ride, facility tour and panel discussion highlighting initiatives in Bangor
- Bangor’s Waterfront: Public Private Economic Development Success Story 30 Years in the Making – Walking Tour lead by Bangor’s Director of Community and Economic Development, Tanya Emery
- Downtown Bangor: Momentum and Growth through the Creative Economy – Trolley Ride Downtown to a Walking Tour lead by Bangor Mayor, Ben Sprague, and University of Maine Museum of Art Director & Curator, George Kinghorn
- Using Your Assets: Bangor International Airport as a Hub of Industry, Trade & Transportation Logistics – Bus Ride to Airport and Bangor Innovation Center, lead by Bangor Airport Director, Tony Caruso, and Bangor Economic Development Officer, Steve Bolduc
- Economic Development 2.0: Sparking the Innovation & Entrepreneurial Economy in Your Community – Panel Discussion & Workshop in the Ballroom
- Renee Kelly, Director of UMaine’s Foster Center for Student Innovation
- Martha Bentley, Director of Innovation Infrastructure, Maine Technology Institute
- Susan MacKay, CEO, Cerahelix
- Micki Sumpter, Economic Development Director, City of Ellsworth
View the Economic Development 2.0 Slide Deck Here: Economic Development 2.0
Witness the announcement of the six award winners, including projects, plans and people, and learn who will take home the first Maine Smart Growth Awards. Presented by Evan Richert, Maine Smart Growth Award Judge; Town Planner, Orono; Maine Association of Planners Lifetime Achievement Award Winner
View the Awards Presentation Here: 2018 Maine Smart Growth Awards
Speak from your Seat
Impressions of the day and next steps
Retire to the Atrium of the Cross Center to network with award recipients, presenters and attendees while enjoying refreshments.