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Grow Smart RI congratulates Mayor Scott Avedisian on his appointment to Smart Growth America’s Local Leaders Council

Avedisian recognized for his leadership in shaping an economically competitive and vibrant City of Warwick

October 25, 2012, Providence, RI – Grow Smart Rhode Island congratulates Warwick Mayor Scott Avedisian on being selected as one of only 22 municipal leaders from around the U.S. to form the nonpartisan Advisory Board of Smart Growth America’s Local Leaders Council. The Local Leaders Council is committed to helping communities compete and grow in today’s economy, generate a better return on taxpayer investment, expand transportation and housing choices for residents, and create vibrant places where people want to live, work, and play.

“Mayor Avedisian’s new role recognizes his leadership in improving Warwick’s economy and the quality of life throughout Rhode Island,” said Scott Wolf, Executive Director of Grow Smart Rhode Island. “He also stepped up this year to lead the improvement of our statewide transit system as RIPTA Chairman. We are proud to see Mayor Avedisian selected to help lead the nationwide effort to promote sustainable economic growth and an enhanced quality of place in hundreds of communities throughout America.”

In May, Grow Smart recognized the Warwick Station Development District as an Outstanding Smart Growth Project as part of its inaugural Smart Growth Awards program. The vision and Master Plan aims to transform 95 acres surrounding T.F. Green Airport and the InterLink intermodal transportation facility into a mixed-use, pedestrian-friendly, transit-oriented “growth center” taking advantage of the district’s capacity and assets.

With the help of the Advisory Board, the Local Leaders Council will establish a nationwide network of municipal leaders seeking to implement smart growth. Members will receive technical assistance in policy development and other resources. More information about the Local Leaders Council is available online at smartgrowthamerica.org/local-leaders.

Grow Smart Rhode Island is a statewide public interest group representing a broad coalition of partners that advocates for sustainable economic growth that builds upon and strengthens Rhode Island’s exceptional quality of place. We work to achieve revitalized, walkable urban and town centers; housing options and affordability; expanded transportation choices; a vital agricultural sector; and responsible stewardship of natural resources.

Smart Growth America is the only national organization dedicated to researching, advocating for and leading coalitions to bring smart growth practices to more communities nationwide. From providing more sidewalks to ensuring more homes are built near public transportation or that productive farms remain a part of our communities, smart growth helps make sure people across the nation can live in great neighborhoods. For additional information visit smartgrowthamerica.org.

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