GrowSmart Maine Forums

GrowSmart has a long and consistent history of hosting quality forums covering a broad array of Smart Growth topics affecting Maine Communities. Below are upcoming forums as well as a listing of our past Smart Growth Forums.
 
Recasting our forums to an online format, due to the pandemic, has allowed us to better extend our reach and accessibility across Maine.
 
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September 2022

Partner Event: MDF Annual Meeting & Awards Celebration

September 23 @ 8:00 am - 1:00 pm

Strength in Community: Maine Development Foundation's 44th Annual Meeting & Champion Awards Celebration at the University of New England, Portland Campus. Join us for a celebration of leaders, businesses, and communities whose efforts have benefited entire communities, inspired economic resilience, and furthered progress toward equity and inclusion. Dr. Gabriela Alcalde, Executive Director, Elimina B. Sewall Foundation, is the keynote speaker. We will continue the MDF Annual Meeting tradition of honoring individuals and organizations with our Champion Awards: Click Here for More…

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October 2022

Partner Event: Northeast Transportation Safety Conference

October 4

Maine is hosting this years Northeast Transportation Safety Conference.  Plan to attend this event being held in Portland at the Holiday Inn by Bay on Oct 4th and 5th. Hear from national and regional experts about the latest advances being made in transportation safety and see the most innovative technology. This two-day innovative conference brings together transportation safety specialists involved in law enforcement, research, engineering, education and advocacy, EMS, automotive, and state & municipal governments. Here are the speakers and…

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Partner Event: Northeast Transportation Safety Conference

October 5

Maine is hosting this years Northeast Transportation Safety Conference.  Plan to attend this event being held in Portland at the Holiday Inn by Bay on Oct 4th and 5th. Hear from national and regional experts about the latest advances being made in transportation safety and see the most innovative technology. This two-day innovative conference brings together transportation safety specialists involved in law enforcement, research, engineering, education and advocacy, EMS, automotive, and state & municipal governments. Here are the speakers and…

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Adapting in Times of Adversity:  The Role of Public Health in Strengthening Maine’s Communities

October 11

The Maine Public Health Association’s fall conference is the largest meeting dedicated to public health in Maine, attracting 400+ professionals across the state. This year’s 2022 Annual Conference – Adapting in Times of Adversity:  The Role of Public Health in Strengthening Maine’s Communities – will take place virtually October 11, 12 and 13. Click Here For More Information

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Adapting in Times of Adversity:  The Role of Public Health in Strengthening Maine’s Communities

October 12

The Maine Public Health Association’s fall conference is the largest meeting dedicated to public health in Maine, attracting 400+ professionals across the state. This year’s 2022 Annual Conference – Adapting in Times of Adversity:  The Role of Public Health in Strengthening Maine’s Communities – will take place virtually October 11, 12 and 13. Click Here For More Information

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Adapting in Times of Adversity:  The Role of Public Health in Strengthening Maine’s Communities

October 13

The Maine Public Health Association’s fall conference is the largest meeting dedicated to public health in Maine, attracting 400+ professionals across the state. This year’s 2022 Annual Conference – Adapting in Times of Adversity:  The Role of Public Health in Strengthening Maine’s Communities – will take place virtually October 11, 12 and 13. Click Here For More Information

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GrowSmart Maine Annual Summit

October 13

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Partner Event: NNECAPA Planning Conference

October 17

  2022 Northern New England Planning Conference Monday October 17 - Wednesday October 19, 2022 Sunday River Resort, Newry Maine The conference committee has spent months working on an agenda that will touch on all aspects of the planning world in Northern New England. This year's conference includes an additional half day of programming, kicking off with a lunch keynote speaker on Monday. Between Monday and Wednesday, you will have the opportunity to earn XX CM Credits. In addition to the…

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Partner Event: NNECAPA Planning Conference

October 18

2022 Northern New England Planning Conference Monday October 17 - Wednesday October 19, 2022 Sunday River Resort, Newry Maine The conference committee has spent months working on an agenda that will touch on all aspects of the planning world in Northern New England. This year's conference includes an additional half day of programming, kicking off with a lunch keynote speaker on Monday. Between Monday and Wednesday, you will have the opportunity to earn XX CM Credits. In addition to the Annual…

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Partner Event: NNECAPA Planning Conference

October 19

2022 Northern New England Planning Conference Monday October 17 - Wednesday October 19, 2022 Sunday River Resort, Newry Maine The conference committee has spent months working on an agenda that will touch on all aspects of the planning world in Northern New England. This year's conference includes an additional half day of programming, kicking off with a lunch keynote speaker on Monday. Between Monday and Wednesday, you will have the opportunity to earn XX CM Credits. In addition to the Annual…

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Partner Event: MCV and MCA Evening for the Environment

October 19 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

For 20 years, the Evening for the Environment has brought together community advocates, legislators, business leaders, environmental visionaries, and philanthropists to celebrate the bold work done by MCV, MCA, and our allies. Location: UNE, Innovation Hall, 772 Stevens Ave, Portland Sign Up Here

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Past Events

For more information about past forums listed below, please email GrowSmart Maine.

  • June 7, 2022: Policy Matters: Women and Aging – A Crisis Unfolds hosted by Portland Press Herald and sponsored by GrowSmart Maine, Kennebec Savings Bank, and Bowdoin College. Watch on YouTube.
  • May 27, 2022: Saving Money and the Planet: Climate Action at Home hosted by GrowSmart Maine and Maine Audubon. Watch on YouTube.
  • May 19, 2022: A Millennial and a Boomer Walk into a Climate Meeting hosted by GrowSmart Maine and Maine Audubon. Watch on YouTube.
  • May 12, 2022: Maine’s Climate Action Plan: Are We On Track? hosted by GrowSmart Maine and Maine Audubon. Watch on YouTube.
  • April 7, 2022: The Gorham Spur: Spurring Growth without Spurring Sprawl hosted by GrowSmart Maine. Watch on YouTube.
  • March 31, 2022: Policy Matters: Affordable Housing hosted by Portland Press Herald and sponsored by GrowSmart Maine, Bangor Savings Bank, and Bowdoin College. Read the article | Watch on YouTube | Learn more about Policy Matters
  • February 3, 2022: Exploring the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act | Watch on YouTube
  • Rethinking Commercial Strip Development to Strengthen Your Community
  • July 28, 2021: Seersucker Smartinis held at The Portland Observatory, co-hosted with Greater Portland Landmarks, Portland Downtown, 7.28.2021
  • June 6, 2021: Housing Choices for a Well-Rounded Community
  • March 30, 2021: More Broadband, Less Sprawl with Judy East, Peggy Schaffer, Kendra Jo Grindle
  • February 16, 2021: CEDS Session: Strategies in Smart Growth and How to Engage Your Community with Guest Speaker GrowSmart Maine’s Executive Director Nancy Smith
  • Energy Efficiency/Weatherization Workshops Be Comfortable, Save Money from Energy Efficiency and You | Windham
  • Open Streets: How to Hangout Again
  • Rethinking Commercial Strip Development to Strengthen Your Community | Topsham
  • Housing Choices for a Well-Rounded Community | Kennebunk
  • Getting from Us & Them to We: A Conversation about Midcoast Maine | Belfast
  • Rising Water: Adapting Maine Communities | Augusta
  • Forum on Commercial Corridor Redevelopment | Falmouth
  • Getting from Us & Them to We: A conversation about Midcoast Maine | Rockland
  • Growing Farm Friendly Communities | Bowdoinham
  • Growing Farm Friendly Communities | Windham
  • The Case for Walkability: Health, Economic Development, and Sustainability | Bangor
  • Developers’ Secrets to Small Projects: Tricks of the Trade to rehab Main St | Lewiston
  • Reimagining our Rivers: Restoration & Dam Removal in Maine | Falmouth
  • Maine’s New Forest Economy: Biobased Power, Products, and Fuels | Hallowell
  • Sea Level Rise: Practical Tools & Community Implementation | Rockland
  • The Mill at Dover-Foxcroft Summer Tour and Cookout | Dover-Foxcroft
  • Public-Private Partnership: Passive House Workforce Housing | Brewer
  • A Panorama on Portland’s Growth: Can Public Process Bridge the Gap? | Portland
  • The Benefits of Street Trees
  • 21st Century Transportation: Shared Vehicles, E-Bikes and their Implications for a Smart Growth Economy in Maine
  • A Changing Climate: How Municipal Government Can Be Part of the Solution
  • A Look Into Maine’s Renewable Energy
  • Making Connections, Building Community
  • Arts, Culture, and Economic Prosperity in Maine
  • The Portland Company Forum
  • Summit 2014 – The Dollars and $ense of Smart Growth!
  • Thompson’s Point
  • Brownfields: Albatross to Economic Driver
  • Aging in Place: 8 to 80
  • Using the Historic Preservation Tax Credit for Small Projects