Annual Summits

2019 Summit

Smart Growth Builds Wellness

Sparking a new dialogue to align planning and development with personal, community & global health

October 2019
Co-Hosts: Biddeford/Saco
Location: Pepperell Mill

Please see below for keynote and workshop presentations.

Link for Smart Growth Awards

Featured Presentations:

The Well Building Standard

Smart Growth Builds Wellness

Addtional resource about planning for civic life:
Assembly: Civic Design Guidelines, a first-of-its kind publication presenting
evidence-based strategies to create public spaces and buildings that lay the foundation for a robust civic life—inspiring greater trust, participation, stewardship, and informed local voting. This publication builds upon an
extensive body of research pointing to the crucial role of design in supporting a range of holistic health outcomes.

Breakout Sessions

  1. Equity, Access, and Connectivity: Common Threads in Transportation and Smart & Connected Infrastructure

    Presenters: Andrew Butcher, Pioneer, Fourth Economy; Zoe Miller, Senior Project Manager and Public Health Specialist, Greater Portland Council of Governments; and Kate O’Brien, Consultant, Catalyst Collaboration, LLC

  2. Municipal Housing Toolkit: Housing for Healthy Communities

    Presenters: Jeff Levine, Lecture of Economic Development and Planning, MIT; and Victoria Morales, Executive Director, Quality Housing Coalition

  3. How can Health and Smart Growth Systems Work Together Toward Wellness? (this session did not have a presentation)

    Presenters: Dora Anne Mills, Chief Health Improvement Officer, MaineHealth; Liz Trice, CEO, Pelton Labs; Zoe Margarites, Vice President, Marketing Solutions, International WELL Building Institute; and Sue Woods, MD, MPH, CEO, HiTechHiTouch

  4. Food Insecurity and Sustainable Food Waste Systems

    Presenters: Lorain Francis, Program Director, Penquis CAP; Susanne Lee, Mitchell Center “Sustainable Solutions for Food Waste” Grant Project, University of Maine; Liz Jenkins, Board President, AIO Food Pantry, Energy Assistance and Child Hunger (Knox County); Nancy Wood, SNAP Ed Nutrition Educator for Knox County and Chief Gleaner, Knox County Gleaners; and Megan Taff, Good Shepard Food Bank

Biddeford/Saco Experience Sessions

(these were tours so most did not have presentations)

  1. Riverwalk- Trail of Two Cities

    Presenters: Holly Culloton, Biddeford, Adopt a Park; Mathew Eddy, City of Biddeford, Director, Economic Development; Ryan Sommer, City of Saco, Director, Parks and Recreation; and  Bob Hamblen, Saco’s former City Planner

  2. Discover Biddeford’s Food Eco-System

    Presenters: Delilah Poupore, Executive Director, Heart of Biddeford; and Brad Fareau, City of Biddeford, Coordinator, Economic Development

  3. Powered by the Sun: Pepperell Mill’s Journey to Solar Energy

    Presenters: Phil Coupe, Co-Founder, ReVision Energy

  4. Growing Community Through the Arts: Greater Health through Social Cohesion- Cultural Tour of Biddeford

    Presenters: Tammy Ackerman, Executive Director, Engine; Mark Nahorny, Board Chair, City Theater; Jeff Cabral, Executive Director, McArthur Library; Robert Cyr, Biddeford Cultural and Heritage Center; and Catherine Glynn, Biddeford Historical Society

  5. What’s the Scoop with Saco?- Main Street, Downtown Projects, and What Ice Cream Has to Do With it

    Presenters: Anne Ball, Director, Maine Downtown Center; and Rob Biggs, Director, Saco Main Street

  6. How to Make Zoning More Effective, Exciting, and Engaging

    Presenters: Denise Clavette, City of Saco, Director, Planning and Development; Emily Roy, City of Saco, Communications Director; and Jessa Berna, Business Development Specialist

Journalism, Truth and Healthy Communities

Presenter: Judith Meyer, Executive Editor, Sun Media Group



Maine Farmland Trust
The Szanton Company
Piscatquis County Development Corporation
Southern Maine Regional Planning and Development Commission
rbouvier Consulting
Metta Yoga Studio
Lee International

GrowSmart Maine holds an Annual Summit each fall in a featured Maine community

Summit Collage

Summits & Annual Meetings

2018 Summit ‘The Power of Localism: Tapping into a Maine Tradition’, Bangor

2017 Summit ‘First, Build a Bridge’, Westbrook

2016 Summit ‘Leaning Into Change: Maine-Grown Solutions’, Waterville

2015 Summit ‘Community Solutions to a Changing Climate’, Biddeford

2014 Summit ‘The Dollars and $ense of Smart Growth’, Augusta

2013 Annual Meeting ‘Ten Years of Smart Growth & GrowSmart Maine’

2012 Summit ‘Economy, Environment, Community’, Augusta

2011 Annual Meeting ‘Check in on Sprawl’ – Evan Richert