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Updated: November 20, 2023

GrowSmart Summit: Investment in community space might improve public health

people seated in auditorium facing stage and screen Screenshot courtesy / GrowSmart Maine The GrowSmart Maine Summit, held last month in Waterville drew 200 attendees.

Waterfront properties and green spaces can be useful for creating vibrant gathering places such as parks and boardwalks, but must be tailored to each community's unique needs.

That was the message from Jeremy Nobel, a health practitioner and a keynote speaker at the annual GrowSmart Maine Summit, held last month in Waterville.

GrowSmart Maine is a nonprofit community advocate headquartered in Augusta.

The summit drew 200 attendees from diverse regions of Maine.

The primary objective was to equip civic leaders and local organizations with the tools and knowledge to improve their communities and bolster community resilience. The discussions at this year's summit centered on the increasingly pressing issue of public health, specifically loneliness, and explored how investments in community spaces and events can serve as a remedy.

Nobel emphasized the critical role of community engagement in promoting well-being, asserting that not only does it foster a sense of connection among residents but also spurs economic growth.

Another speaker, Jane Lafleur, stressed the importance of community leaders, volunteers and elected officials connecting with their constituents to understand their priorities and offer tailored solutions. 

The event also featured communities presenting their own smart growth initiatives, and walking tours of downtown Waterville.

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