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Climate Tour: Denmark 2015 will bring Community Solutions for a Changing Climate

Aug
19

Heating oil prices are the lowest they’ve been in years, but we know as the thermometer drops, the costs will rise.  Last year’s extreme cold and brutal storms are forecast to continue into next winter.  As we stockpile firewood, Mainers are confronted with the global impact of a changing climate on a local scale.

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Community Meets Commerce

Aug
13

There seems to be a story for each business along Main Street in Norway Maine.  I had a chance to explore this downtown on a recent sunny afternoon.  My favorite story came as we stood in front of CEBE, a local non-profit referred to as “see-bee”, looking across the street towards the yellow building with the bright red metal roof.  The owner of the local bookstore, Books N Things, had recently put out the call that she needed help to pay for a new r

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Arts and Culture as Economic Drivers - A Smart Growth Forum in Belfast!

Jul
28

After much work and anticipation, our July 24th smart growth forum was upon us on a lovely Belfast afternoon (and by lovely we mean a combination of sun, followed by thunderstorms, followed by sun). The farmers' market was bustling in front of Waterfall Arts and there were smiling faces all around. The topic was Arts & Culture as Economic Motivators in Maine, and we had arranged a stellar lineup including:

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A Tour of Munjoy Heights - Maine's Only Woonerf!

Jul
20

With only a slight change in plans courtesy of New England Summer weather patterns, our Smart Growth Tour of Munjoy Heights was held on an absolutely stunning afternoon on June 24th.

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A Retreat for the GrowSmart Maine Board

Jul
20

On June 25th the GrowSmart Board and Staff convened at the North Dam Mill in the Pepperell Mill Campus for the Annual GrowSmart Maine Board Retreat. Hosted by Board Member and Developer of the Pepperell Mill Campus, Doug Sanford, the day began with reflecting on GSM's work over the past year and plans on the upcoming.

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Join us in Belfast for Arts, Culture, and Economic Prosperity in Maine

Jul
15

You’re invited to a GrowSmart Maine smart growth forum on Arts & Culture as economic motivators in Maine!

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But Yes! There are Good Bills!

Jun
10

GrowSmart Maine continues to participate in the Maine Broadband Coalition, an informal federation of public policy professionals, educational institutions, businesses, non-profit organizations and individuals who care deeply about Maine’s economic future. An important purpose of the MBC is to assemble cogent, fact-based information to help public policy makers and Maine citizens make the best choices about building a robust and productive information technology infrastructure.

There are three strong bills moving through the House and Senate at this time:

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The 2015 Season has begun!

Jun
10

We are thrilled to announce that our first Smart Growth Breakfast Forum of the 2015 Season was a hit! We convened at the Portland Company last month for a presentation on the proposal and a follow-up panel from experts in the field. Everyone left feeling inspired by the conversation, and had the opportunity to ask the questions we knew they all had.

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Denmark Climate Change and Energy Tour! August 30-September 5

Jun
10

climatetours.orgGrowSmart Maine is taking part in a great effort to explore community-level solutions to energy production in response to climate change.  Thirteen Mainers will participate, including trip leader Sue Inches, representing business, non-profit, municipal, statewide and federal perspectives.  A day-long tour of Samsø Island will be one of the highlights of the trip, learning how Samsø became self-sufficient with renewa

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Update on Bad Bills!

Jun
10

It’s a tough time in the legislative session to offer a meaningful advocacy update as bills are moving very quickly between the House and Senate.  There are still numerous “bad bills” in play, and we encourage you to contact your Senator and Representative and ask them to vote “ought not to pass” on these bills:

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