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A sneak peek into the historic Press Hotel in Portland

Dec
11

Despite the nasty weather on Wednesday, GrowSmart Maine staff and Board member Carl Eppich were treated to a tour of the new Press Hotel, currently under construction in the old Press Herald building in Portland. For those of you who don't know the building, it takes up the whole block between Congress and Federal Streets on the north and south and Market and Exchange Streets on the east and west.

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What's Next for Bonds?

Dec
10

We were very pleased when all of the bond proposals were approved by Maine voters on Election Day in November.  Now comes the work of creating the rules under which these public funds are distributed to communities across the state. 

As you know, we paid particular attention to the small business bond, #3; and the clean water safe communities bond, #6.  Here’s what we know about how these bonds will translate to economic, community and environmental improvements in Maine.

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PRESS RELEASE: GrowSmart Maine Brings the Federal Reserve Bank to Augusta at Summit 2014

Oct
24

Nearly 350 people attended the GrowSmart Maine statewide Summit 2014 on Tuesday, October 21st at the Augusta Civic Center.  In the opening session, Jared Duval of the Orton Family Foundation spoke about how storytelling builds community connections from which difficult strategies and hard decisions emerge.

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One Week!

Oct
13

We're a week away from an engaging day of networking, collaborating, learning and doing.  The GrowSmart Maine Summit promises to have all the right people in the room to make headway in Maine.  We'll talk about jobs, rural economic development, local foods, tax credits, climate change, regional land use, public and private sector collaboration and so much more.  But we need to ensure your voice is included. 

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A YES VOTE ON QUESTION 3 SUPPORTS SMALL BUSINESS GROWTH, JOB CREATION ACROSS MAINE

Oct
02

For Immediate Release: October 2, 2014

A YES VOTE ON QUESTION 3 SUPPORTS SMALL BUSINESS GROWTH, JOB CREATION ACROSS MAINE
Ballot question authorizes bond to fund Regional Economic Development Revolving Loan and Commercial Loan Insurance Programs

(WISCASSET, ME – OCTOBER 2, 2014) -- When Maine voters head to the polls on November 4, by voting YES on Question 3 they will have the opportunity to extend a program that has supported small businesses and created local jobs across the state for 20 years.

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Local Foods Featured at the GrowSmart Maine Summit 2014!

Sep
26

We've had many conversations with those of you who joined us at the GrowSmart Maine Summit 2012 - one of the biggest concerns we heard was "Where is all the local food?" Maine has so many wonderful family farms that produce some of the country's finest vegetables, dairy, fruit and meats.  So much of the work we do at GrowSmart Maine is to protect these fertile lands that support so many products and keep t

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Why Register?

Sep
12

Why should you register for the GrowSmart Maine Summit 2014 - The Dollars and $ense of Smart Growth?

Are you interested in preserving and reusing Maine's historic buildings - bringing life and jobs back to the old mill buildings that line Maine's waterways or the brick and granite treasures along our main streets?  In the afternoon breakout session entitled "Historic Rehabilitation Tax Credit: A New England Perspective", you'll hear from experts from across the Northeast with success stories in financing, overcoming regulatory barriers and preservation challenges giving you the tools to apply in your own neighborhood.

Maybe you'd rather see a wide-ranging performance of "Maine at Work" based on historical documents and characters, humor, little-known facts, thought-provoking tales (tall and otherwise), coupled with an engaging discussion of innovation happening right here and now?

Register now! Tuesday, October 21st at the Augusta Civic Center

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Clean Water for Maine - Vote Yes on 6

Sep
10

Clean Water and Safe Communities Coalition

Yes On 6 – Clean Water & Clean Water Jobs for Maine:
Something all Mainers can agree on.

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GrowSmart Maine Summit 2014 Registration is Now Open!

Sep
02

It's finally here!  Registration for the GrowSmart Maine Summit 2014 - The Dollars and $ense of Smart Growth is now open!  Register now! Tuesday, October 21st at the Augusta Civic Center.

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Bond Issues on the November Ballot

Aug
21

Though it is still summer, GrowSmart Maine has turned an eye towards the upcoming elections and the 2015 Legislative Session.  This month, we’ll focus on the Bonds on the November Ballot.

GrowSmart Maine has consistently supported sound, balanced proposals for public borrowing, in the form of general revenue bonds.  This fall, Maine voters will have a chance to weigh in on six proposals, which follow Question 1, the bear hunting referendum.

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