Publications

Authored or edited by Craig Freshley

(books in red, reports in black)

 

2022

Together We Decide, An Essential Guide for Making Good Group Decisions.Published by Greenleaf Book Group in Hardcover and eBook editions. A best seller on Amazon and in airport bookstores. Named by Kirkus Reviews as one of the best Indie Books of 2023. Illustrated and indexed. Click here to learn more.

2012

Charting Maine’s Future: Making Headway. An update to GrowSmart Maine/The Brooking Institute’s 2006 Charting Maine’s Future. (Project Manager, Researcher, Facilitator)

2010

The Wisdom of Group Decisions: 100 Principles and Practical Tips for Collaboration. An illustrated, fully-indexed collection of practical advice to help groups work together more efficiently and effectively. Published in hardcover, paperback, and as an eBook. Click here to learn more.

2007

Maine Oral Health Improvement Plan. A 24-page plan resulting from a series of facilitated meetings among state government officials, trade associations, insurance companies, oral health experts, and others. (Facilitator/Author).

2006

Tips to Make Good Group Decisions. An 80-page paperback book published also as an eBook. It is a compilation of the first sixty Tips that Craig writes and e-mails to subscribers. (Author)

2005

Measures of Growth In Focus: Performance Measures and Benchmarks to Achieve Maine’s Long Term Economic Goals – A 24-page full color indicators report for the Maine Economic Growth Council, March, 2005. (AuthorClick here to view a pdf version of the report.

2004

Maine’s Natural Resource-based Industries – 2004 Indicators of Health – a 70-page report for the Governor and Legislature published by the State Planning Office. The Natural Resource-based Industries Steering Committee, appointed by Governor Baldacci, hired us to develop a methodology for continued assessment of Maine’s natural resource-based industries and prepare a report. (Author, with Laurie LachanceClick here for pdf version of the report.

Maximizing Shared Assets in Western Maine – A 45-page report published by the Maine Center for Economic Policy. The project was guided by the Western Maine Sustainable Development Collaborative, a coalition of four organizations promoting sustainable development of the region: Maine Center for Public Policy, Coastal Enterprises, Inc., Mountain Counties Heritage, Inc., and the Western Mountains Alliance. (Author)

Downtown Norway Enhancement Strategy  – An 80-page full color report with graphs, maps, and sketches setting forth an economic development and urban design plan for downtown Norway. August, 2004. (Author, with Brian Kent)

2003

Measures of Growth, 2003: Performance Measures and Benchmarks to Achieve Maine’s Long Term Economic Goals – A 24-page full color indicators report for the Maine Economic Growth Council, February, 2003. (Author)

2002

Indicators of Livable Communities: A Report on Smart Growth and the Impact of Land Use Decisions on Maine’s Communities, Environment, and Countryside – a 25-page report by the Maine Development Foundation for the Land and Water Resources Council, 2002. (Editor and Facilitator)

Refocus Downtowns on Community – A 750-word op-ed newspaper article published in the Portland Press Herald, October 2, 2002. (Author)

Case Statement for Downtown Brunswick – A 20-page report making the case for fundraising to hire a downtown manager, for the Maine Downtown Center, October, 2002. (Facilitator/Author)

Saco Spirit Resource Team Report – A 60-page report with findings and recommendations regarding downtown Saco, for the Maine Downtown Center, August, 2002. (Facilitator/Co-Author)

Gardiner Main Street Resource Team Report – A 60-page report with findings and recommendations regarding downtown Gardiner, for the Maine Downtown Center, September, 2002. (Facilitator/Co-Author)

Bath Main Street Resource Team Report – A 60-page report with findings and recommendations regarding downtown Bath, for the Maine Downtown Center, April, 2002. (Facilitator/Co-Author)

2001

Maine Downtown Center 2001 Annual Report – A 12-page report for the Maine Downtown Center, December 2001. (Author)

Tribute to Donella Meadows – An op-ed newspaper article published in the Portland Press Herald, April, 2001. (Author) Click here to read.

Measures of Growth, 2001: Performance Measures and Benchmarks to Achieve Maine’s Long Term Economic Goals – A 24-page full color indicators report for the Maine Economic Growth Council, January, 2001. (Editor)

Maine Marks – Indicators of Child Well-Being – An 80-page full color indicators report for Governor King’s Children’s Cabinet and The Muskie School of the University of Southern Maine, 2001. (Facilitator/Co-Author)

2000

The Cost of Healthcare in Maine – A 50-page report with health care financing assessment and recommendations for Governor King’s Year 2000 Blue Ribbon Commission on Health Care, September, 2000. (Facilitator/Co-Author)

Kennebec Valley Regional Economic Development Plan – A 35-page assessment and action plan for collaboration between Fairfield, Oakland, Waterville, Winslow, 2000. (Facilitator/Co-Author)

Municipal Department Strategic Plan – A 30-page action plan for the staff of the City of Portland Department of Economic Development, 2000. (Facilitator/Author)

Measures of Growth, 2000: Performance Measures and Benchmarks to Achieve Maine’s Long Term Economic Goals – A 24-page full color indicators report for the Maine Economic Growth Council, January, 2000. (Author)

1999

Maine’s Transportation System – Status and Trend Indicators of Economic Growth and Quality of Life – A 34-page full color indicators report for the Maine Department of Transportation, October, 1999. (Facilitator/Author)

News from the Maine Economic Growth Council – A 4-page newsletter for the Maine Economic Growth Council, September, 1999. (Author)

Gaining Good Jobs – Trends and Prospects for Maine – A-10 page report for the Maine Economic Growth Council, June, 1999. (Editor)

Earth’s Wake-Up Call – A 2,000-word op-ed newspaper article published in the Maine Sunday Telegram, May, 1999. (Author) Click here to read.

Universal Principles of Economic Growth – A 25-page research paper and presentation for the Maine Development Foundation Board of Directors, 1999. (Author)

Maine Science and Technology Report Card – A 62-page indicators report for the Maine Science and Technology Foundation, February, 1999. (Facilitator/Co-Author)

Measures of Growth, 1999: Performance Measures and Benchmarks to Achieve Maine’s Long Term Economic Goals – A 24-page full color indicators report for the Maine Economic Growth Council, January, 1999. (Author)

1998

Indicators of Sustainable Development for Franklin County – A 36-page indicators report for the Western Mountains Alliance, April, 1998. (Facilitator/Co-Author)

Wealth and Poverty in Maine – A 12-page statistical analysis of the growing class divide, for the Maine Economic Growth Council, 1998. (Author)

Strategic Plan for the Economic Development of Freeport, Maine – A 19-page action plan for the Freeport Economic Development Corporation, May, 1998. (Facilitator/Author)

A Situational Assessment of Freeport, Maine – Economic Development Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities & Threats – A 48-page report for the Freeport Economic Development Corporation, May, 1998. (Author)

Measures of Growth, 1998: Performance Measures and Benchmarks to Achieve Maine’s Long Term Economic Goals – A 24-page full color indicators report for the Maine Economic Growth Council, January, 1998. (Author)

1997

Measuring Maine’s Economic Performance – by the week – A weekly newsletter published throughout 1997, with a paid subscription of 500, for the Maine Economic Growth Council, 1997. (Author/Editor)

Education Achievement: its Impact on Economic Growth and its Significance to Maine Citizens and Businesses – A 14-page report for the Maine Development Foundation, September, 1997. (Co-Author)

A Statistical Brief on the Education Achievement of Maine Citizens – A 14-page report for the Maine Development Foundation, July, 1997. (Author)

Survey of Intergovernmental Agreements: Report of Findings – An 11-page report for the State Planning Office Inter-Agency Task Force on Intergovernmental Agreements, May, 1997. (Author)

Measures of Growth, 1997: Performance Measures and Benchmarks to Achieve Maine’s Long Term Economic Goals – A 24-page full color indicators report for the Maine Economic Growth Council, January, 1997. (Author)

1996

Sustainable Maine – A Primer; Integrating Economy, Environment, and Community – A 44-page booklet on the basic tenets and relevancy of sustainable development for Maine people, for Sustainable Maine, March, 1996. (Co-Author)

Measures of Growth, 1996: Setting Performance Measures to Achieve Maine’s Long Term Economic Goals – A 117-page indicators report for the Maine Economic Growth Council, February, 1996. (Author)

1995

Assessing Corporate Social Performance: An Overview and a Model for Maine Companies – A 27-page report for Maine Businesses for Social Responsibility, October, 1995. (Co-Author)

Proceedings of the Maine Telecommunications Policy Forum – A 25-page report for the Maine Rural Development Council, June, 1995. (Author)

Sustainable Development Assessment: To Forecast and Evaluate Long Term Environmental, Economic, and Social Impact (Draft Concept Paper) – A 12-page paper for Benchmark Environmental Consulting, April, 1995. (Author)

1994 and earlier

Sustainable Development: A Maine Look at What, How and Why – An 18-page essay published in The Maine Scholar, University of Southern Maine, Autumn, 1994. (Author)

Sustainable Development and it Relevancy for Maine – an article published in Directions. Washington, D.C.: Partners of the Americas, Spring, 1994. (Author)

Maine Coastal Program Three-Year Public Awareness Action Plan (Working Draft) – A 30-page paper for the Maine State Planning Office, November, 1994. (Facilitator/Author)

Maine Coastal Program Funding Application: June 1994 – June 1995 – A 120-page report for the Maine State Planning Office, April, 1994. (Coordinator/Editor)

Pro-Active Pollution Prevention Plan for Rockland Harbor – A 25-page report for the Maine State Planning Office, August, 1993. (Facilitator/Author)

A Survey of Marine Related Organizations in the Gulf of Maine Region: Identifying Priorities and Sources of Support – A 30-page report for the Gulf of Maine Council on the Marine Environment, and Gulf of Maine Funding Collaborative, January, 1993. (Survey Designer/Author)

A Strategy to Reduce Marine Debris in Portland, Maine – A 60-page report for the Gulf of Maine Council on the Marine Environment, August, 1992. (Facilitator/Author)

Funding the Gulf of Maine Program – A 120-page report for the Gulf of Maine Council on the Marine Environment, January, 1991. (Author)