GrowSmart Maine session set for UMF


farmington – The public is invited to offer ideas at meetings hosted by GrowSmart Maine next week at the University of Maine at Farmington.

The session is being held in conjunction with similar regional town meetings in Aroostook County, Downeast Maine, north central Maine, the western mountains region, central Maine, the Midcoast area, Cumberland and York counties.

The UMF meeting will be from 7:30 to 9 p.m. on Wednesday, April 26, at the Olsen Student Center. The public is encouraged to attend.

The meeting wil concentrate on:

• How can we grow in a sustainable way that protects our quality of life?

• What are the connections between Maine’s economic competitiveness, our environment and quality of life, government fragmentation, and unplanned growth and sprawl?

• Can Maine people work together on new approaches and a new spirit of cooperation and creativity to move the state forward toward a more hopeful future?

Last fall, GrowSmart Maine, a statewide non-profit organization supporting a sustainable future for Maine and efforts to reduce unplanned growth and sprawl, hired the Brookings Institution to undertake a major study of the relationship between future economic prosperity, the character and quality of Maine’s communities and environment, the cost and design of Maine government and the dispersal of Maine’s population into the rural countryside.

That study with recommendations is expected to be released this fall.

The UMF program is expected to provide comments to be used in connection with the study.

For further information, go to the GrowSmart Web site at