Flexing the Power of Home Rule: A Path Toward Regional Solutions
Save the Date: October 22, 2020
co-host cities: Biddeford and Saco
GrowSmart’s 2020 Summit will take on questions that are even more relevant given our collective experience with the coronavirus pandemic: where can government be most effective? most innovative? are home rule and regional thinking mutually exclusive?
While local government can be described as a nimble testing ground for new concepts and tools, there is often value and efficiency in regional and statewide approaches. Home rule isn’t going away, nor should it. So, how can we adapt this New England tradition for the coming decades, and even for the next few years as recovery from the pandemic is underway?
In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, we plan to offer a unique Summit experience this year. Our Biddeford location, in the Pepperell Mill, will host no more than 50 participants with appropriate social distancing. In addition, we are working with regional partners to offer satellite locations limited to 50 attendees, all connected via high-speed internet. An option to attend the summit completely virtual from your own home is also available.
Our regional partners and locations as well as virtual participation:
- Northern Maine Development Corporation, Northern Maine Community College, Presque Isle
- Eastern Maine Development Corporation, Jeff’s Catering, Bangor
- Sunrise County Economic Council, partner and venue, Machias
- Kennebec Valley Council of Governments, Snow Pond Center for The Arts in Sidney, and Stevens Commons in Hallowell
|8:30 AM||Registration opens|
|9:30 AM||Welcome from GrowSmart Maine|
|9:45 AM||Colin Woodard – Keynote One|
|10:15 AM||Anthony Flint – Keynote Two|
|10:45 AM||Keynote Speakers’ Conversation and Audience Q&A|
|11:30 AM||Local Break Out Groups|
|1:30 PM||Wrap Up|
|1:45 PM||City Experiences at Each Location|
Post Summit Webinar – October 29th
We are adding a new component to the Summit as part of the COVID adaptation. The six location+virtual hybrid event provides a chance to do something we haven’t before. There will be a webinar of 60-90 minutes one week after the Summit, allowing participants to think through discussions and explore potential next steps. This will be a time to dive deeper into the Summit discussions, exploring situations where regional solutions make sense, and from there, ideas on how to define a region and begin to invite partners to the process.
This can be more than a one-day meeting where people talk about ideas and network, though there is certainly value in that part of the Summit. We can facilitate tangible outcomes throughout Maine.
If you would like more information about any of these summits/annual meetings please contact info at growsmartmaine.org.
2019 Summit ‘Smart Growth Builds Wellness”
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’, Augusta
2012 Summit ‘Economy, Environment, Community’, Augusta
2011 Annual Meeting ‘Check in on Sprawl’ – Evan Richert, Waterville