We are convinced that if these measures are passed they will generate a high and relatively quick return on investment in physical improvements to the state’s infrastructure along withthousands of new construction and permanent jobs. We urge our leaders to rally support for these measures now by educating the electorate about the relevance of each proposal for the state’s economic well being.
- A proposal to bring back in modified form the successful State Historic Tax Credit to jumpstart economic development in our urban and town centers.
- The proposal of the Coalition for Transportation Choices to invest more systematically in mass transitto better connect workers with jobs and to save people money on their commute.
- A proposal endorsed by the RI League of Cities and Towns, municipal officials and several legislators strengthening municipalities’ ability and incentive to invest in key infrastructure critical for economic development at the local level.
Detailed information about each of these proposals as well as other economic development opportunities for Rhode Island is available in Grow Smart RI’s 2012 Briefing Book for Candidates and Voters at www.growsmartri.com. The 21-page book makes the case for an asset based economic development strategy to expand the state’s economic development focus beyond austerity measures that only avert disaster rather than ensure a stronger future.
Echoing the call of the Rhode Island Foundation, Grow Smart RI asserts that it’s time in Rhode Island to make things happen economically. There are plenty of good ideas and tools already developed to boost our economic performance. While we evaluate the RIPEC report’s recommendations, let’s push forward with those ideas so that we can begin immediately to build the new economic momentum we desperately need, and that Grow Smart believes is well within our grasp.