2020 Summit

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-Saco location will host no more than 50 participants with appropriate social distancing. In addition, we are working with regional partners to offer satellite locations also limited to 50 attendees, all connected via high-speed internet.

To date, we plan to offer sites in Presque Isle, Bangor, Machias, and Waterville/Augusta in partnership with Northern Maine Development Corporation and Northern Maine Community CollegeEastern Maine Development CorporationSunrise County Economic Council and Kennebec Valley Council of Governments.

Keynote Speakers:

  • Colin Woodard, State & National Affairs Writer, Portland Press Herald and Maine Sunday Times
  • Anthony Flint, Senior Fellow, Lincoln Institute of Land Policy

Previous Summits

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