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RISBJ: U.S. Business Trend Toward Walkable Downtowns Aligns with RI Economic Development Strategies

Hundreds of American companies see unique competitive advantages to being located in a walkable downtown neighborhood. These locations are helping companies attract and retain talented workers, build their brand and corporate identity, support creative collaboration, be closer to partners, consolidate operations, and support triple-bottom line business outcomes. Scott Wolf, executive director of the nonprofit policy […]

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The Valley Breeze: The Design Exchange in Pawtucket recognized for ‘outstanding’ work

Grow Smart Rhode Island recognized The Design Exchange in Pawtucket with an “Outstanding Smart Growth Projects” award at the 2015 Smart Growth Awards on May 21. “Each year, passionate, creative, and resourceful Rhode Islanders show us the way to tap our state’s full potential through projects, plans, and policies that play to Rhode Island’s strengths […]

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The Providence Journal: Commit to projects that will draw Millennials to the Ocean State, Oregon congressman tells Grow Smart RI

U.S. Congressman Earl Blumenauer, D-Oregon, a longtime advocate for what he calls “livable communities,” said Friday that he discovered a community here with more potential opportunities than he has seen in any similar community — and he travels a lot, so he’s comparing Providence to about 200 others. It’s time, Blumenauer said, for Providence and […]

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Grow Smart RI letter to Providence City Council in support of the Streetcar TIF Ordinance

This letter was sent to Providence City Countil Finance Committee Chairman John Igliozzi in support of the TIF Ordinance for the proposed Providence Streetcar: Grow Smart Rhode Island supports the proposed Tax Increment Financing (TIF) ordinance for the City of Providence’s streetcar initiative, provided that it is coordinated effectively with other major pending transit initiatives […]

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Smart Growth Awards registration deadline: Tuesday, May 19th, 11:59pm

Our 2015 Rhode Island Smart Growth Awards Ceremony is less than a week away: “Each year, passionate, creative and resourceful Rhode Islanders show us the way to tap our state’s full potential through projects, plans and policies that play to Rhode Island’s strengths, generate enduring economic benefits, both statewide and in specific neighborhoods”, said Grow […]

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RhodeMap RI: A Digest

In recent weeks, critics of the RhodeMap RI economic development plan have put forward a great deal of misinformation and misinterpretation aimed at undermining public confidence in this forward-looking and sorely needed economic development plan for Rhode Island. In response to several requests, Grow Smart is providing this summary of key elements and strategies from […]

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Getting to the Power of Place Summit

There are many convenient ways to get to the Rhode Island Convention Center on Friday for the Power of Place Summit. Transit: Many of our attendees are very familiar with RIPTA’s convenient and affordable transit service. If you’ve never taken it, why not try it for the Summit. Use their convenient Trip Planner to find […]

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