2020 Summit

Flexing the Power of Home Rule: Forging a Path Towards Regional Solutions

October 22, 2020

Anchor Cities: Biddeford/Saco

Hosted in partnership with:
 Northern Maine Development Corporation  
 Eastern Maine Development Corporation  
 Sunrise County Economic Council  
 Kennebec Valley Council of Governments
 Heart of Biddeford
 

Keynote Speakers:

Colin Woodard: Home Rule in a former Massachusetts colony: The roots of local control in Maine and how it’s shaped our past, present, and future

Anthony Flint:  A symbiotic view of regionalism and local control  

Program

930a Welcome, GrowSmart Maine Annual Meeting
945a Keynote 1: Colin Woodard: Home Rule in a former Massachusetts colony: The roots of local control in Maine and how it’s shaped our past, present, and future
1015a Keynote 2: Anthony Flint: A symbiotic view of regionalism and local control
1045a Keynote Speakers’ Conversation and Audience Q&A
1130a Local Breakout Groups
1230p Meal break, Board Elections, and Main Smart Growth Awards
130p Closing 

Post Summit Forum 

A new component added to the Summit as part of the COVID adaptation. The six location+hybrid event provided a chance to do something we hadn’t before. GrowSmart Maine hosted a 90 minute virtual session one week after the Summit. The week time lapse allowed participants to think through discussions and issues raised by our keynote speakers. The forum allowed participants to dive deeper into Summit discussions, and identify three key areas as being prime for regional approaches. 

Post Summit Forum Notes

Read the Executive Summary from the Post Summit Forum. We will continue to update with ongoing actions.

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