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Why Does Affordable Housing Matter to Rural Maine Towns? 

Why Does Affordable Housing Matter to Rural Maine Towns? 

I enjoyed a conversation recently with House Republican Assistant Leader Representative Trey Stewart about affordable housing. In GrowSmart’s community work, we often begin by asking “why do you choose to live here?”  Those conversations identify shared values among...

Vote Yes on One for Better Broadband – Please!

Vote Yes on One for Better Broadband – Please!

By Nancy Smith, GrowSmart Maine, Executive Director GrowSmart Maine is a founding member of the Maine Broadband Coalition, which is currently leading the charge to encourage Mainers to vote Yes on One for Better Broadband on July 14th.  Particularly at this time, as...

A Post-COVID-19 Focus For Transportation Spending

A Post-COVID-19 Focus For Transportation Spending

Carl Eppich, AICP, GrowSmart Maine board member Who’s missing being on the road in this new COVID-19 pandemic reality?  What about those vacation trips we had planned for this spring and summer?! According to the Maine Turnpike Authority, traffic is down around 40%, a...

Upping our Broadband Game

Upping our Broadband Game

I’m participating in my first Zoom meeting of the week and getting more comfortable with it, given the half dozen or so I’ve participated in over the past two weeks. This one is with the Maine Broadband Coalition as we discuss immediate needs for Mainers adapting to...

GrowSmart Maine Annual Summit 2019- Smart Growth Builds Wellness

GrowSmart Maine Annual Summit 2019- Smart Growth Builds Wellness

Pepperell Mill “The power of a community to create health is far greater than any physician, clinic or hospital”,says Mark Hyman of the Cleveland Clinic.  Those who provide health care can encourage preventive medicine, but the bulk of comprehensive health work...

Equal Exchange- International Visitor Leadership Program

Equal Exchange- International Visitor Leadership Program

GrowSmart Maine recently spent time with two mayors from Germany through the US State Department’s International Visitor Leadership Program. We shared best practices and lessons learned from our work in community revitalization and economic development for towns and...