GrowSmart Maine

Maine is an amazing state. There are places in Maine that inspire us, please us and connect us with our roots. These are the places where we work and play. This is where we live.

In 2006, GrowSmart Maine brought the Brookings Institution to Maine and called together people from across the state. We asked, “What do you love about this place?” We then gathered the information needed to define how we could grow our economy and increase per capita income without losing those things we value. Charting Maine’s Future: An Action Plan for Promoting Sustainable Prosperity and Quality Places resulted from these conversations and research.

The Brookings Institution, a nationally recognized, nonpartisan think tank, confirmed our notion of what’s right about Maine–and that it is our brand. And the Brookings Institution showed us what we could do to protect that brand as we build our economy.

Charting Maine’s Future called for bold investments in our economy, our communities and the natural and working landscapes that surround us. This short film highlights four successes that have occurred in Maine since the report was released in 2006. When we work at the intersection of Maine's economy, environment and communities, we succeed as a state.

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What brought you to Maine? Why do you stay? What keeps you coming back year after year? That is Quality of Place. The rocky coastline, the old growth forests, the rolling farmlands, the historic downtowns, the loon calls on still lakes, the 3rd generation…


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What brought you to Maine? Why do you stay? What keeps you coming back year after year? That is Quality of Place. The rocky coastline, the old growth forests, the rolling farmlands, the historic downtowns, the loon calls on still lakes, the 3rd generation family that works the fields, the farms and the fisheries. The quintessential Maine that we all have come to love - the thing that makes Maine...Maine - that is Quality of Place. That is what GrowSmart Maine strives to protect.
As sponsors of the landmark 2006 Brookings Institution report, Charting Maine’s Future, GrowSmart Maine actively brings together Maine citizens, government, businesses, and nonprofit organizations to work for a more sustainable prosperity that supports both an improving standard of living and the protection of this state’s unique character, our quality of place.
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