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Workshop proposals, sponsorship deadlines fast approaching for May 14th ‘Power of Place Summit’

Partners, stakeholder groups encouraged to propose and help facilitate a range of workshop topics for advancing the transformation of Rhode Island’s economy Believing intently that Rhode Island has all the ingredients to transform itself into an economic and cultural leader, Grow Smart will convene the 3rd Biennial Power of Place Summit on Friday, May 14, […]

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Car Culture Unsustainable

ecoRI looks at the unsustainability of our car dependency and how public transit is short changed. Last week, GrowSmart’s John Flaherty spoke on a panel at the Apeiron Institute for Sustainable Living with RIPTA Assistant General Manager Mark Therrien and the co-author of “Carjacked: The Culture of the Automobile and its Effects on Our Lives” […]

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Rhode Island Builder Report, Conversation with Scott Wolf

GrowSmartRI Executive Director Scott Wolf is featured in this month’s The Rhode Island Builder Report, the publication of the Rhode Island Builders Association. Scott speaks about the Rhode Island economy, housing, the state’s many assets, historic tax credits, transportation, and more. On Rhode Island’s assets: They include a tremendous collection of historic buildings and neighborhoods. […]

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House lawmakers meet on RI’s tanking economy

PROVIDENCE—State lawmakers are debating plans ranging from auto racing  to consolidating municipal services to steer Rhode Island through a bleak financial crisis. The proposals were raised Thursday during a closed-door caucus of Democratic lawmakers convened by House Speaker William Murphy. He has called it a first step to dealing with a failing economy that has driven […]

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Hope for RI: Misleading business-climate rankings

By SCOTT WOLF Rhode Island generally takes a pounding in the reports ranking states’ business climates by such national organizations as the Tax Foundation and Forbes Magazine. What predictably follows such news is gloom-and-doom commentary by civic leaders along with a growing sense of hopelessness among rank-and-file Rhode Islanders. George Wein, the longtime Newport Jazz […]

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Rhode Island’s Ag sector grows: Continued federal incentives announced

Total number of farms, working land and value of production up significantly With the new growing season under way, Rhode Island farmers and consumers are celebrating the first crops of the year and the opening of farmers’ markets around the state, and have also received two welcome pieces of news from the U.S. Department of […]

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URI Prof says urban revitalization key to righting Rhode Island economy

Edward Mazze: “An important part of economic development should be the revitalization of cities and towns that lost businesses and their economic base. Rhode Island should offer a “shovel-ready program” designed to help companies locate and develop a site quickly by working with cities and towns in identifying sites as ‘ready for development.’ “

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