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2017 Legislative & Policy Wrap

The 2017 legislative session was a tumultuous one highlighted by fractured trust between House and Senate leaders concerning the phase-out of the car tax. The House abruptly adjourned on June 30, 2017 leaving several key bills, including the State Budget, in limbo and requiring a special one-day clean-up session on September 19, 2017 to complete […]

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Federal Historic Tax Credit and resulting private investment on chopping block of tax “reform”

Grow Smart RI connects with State’s Congressional delegation to help highlight what’s at stake in Rhode Island The U.S. House GOP Tax Plan zeroes out the Federal Historic Tax Credit (“HTC”) and the counterpart plan in the Senate cuts the Federal HTC in half. We at Grow Smart RI are very concerned about this because […]

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Grow Smart RI:  Downtown Stadium Good for Pawtucket, Good for RI 

September 28, 2017 – Calling it a rare opportunity to accelerate the revitalization of Downtown Pawtucket, Grow Smart RI expressed its enthusiastic support for the proposed Pawsox stadium at the former Apex site. “The Ballpark at Slater Mill would build on the city’s revitalization momentum, catalyze a more vibrant and walkable downtown and help set the table […]

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Commuter rail key to R.I. growth

Commuter rail key to R.I. growth By Scott Wolf September 15, 2017 Mary MacDonald’s Sept. 1, 2017 article, “The state’s 2012 bet on commuter-rail service has yet to pay off. Is it time to privatize?” is sobering. While commuter-rail ridership from Providence to Boston remains strong and growing (Providence is the third busiest station in the MBTA network), there is no question […]

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Scott Wolf: Land use changes should be vetted

As seen in the Providence Journal Commentary on June 20, 2017 There are several narrowly focused and inadequately vetted efforts underway in this General Assembly session to amend Rhode Island’s land use laws in ways that could hurt the state’s prosperity and quality of place. Among the land use “reform” bills introduced are ones that […]

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Grow Smart RI Job Opportunity

        Full-time Job Opening: Manager, Land Use and Community Planning Training Program Reporting to the Grow Smart Rhode Island Executive Director, and also working closely with our Deputy Director and Manager of Community Technical Assistance, the Training Manager will be responsible for the direction of Grow Smart RI’s award-winning training program and for […]

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Forum focused on making transit work better for Rhode Islanders and state economy

See powerpoint presentations below. March 17, 2017 (Providence, RI) — On Friday, nearly 200 people, including Governor Raimondo and RIPTA Board Chair Wayne Kezirian joined Grow Smart RI at the RI Convention Center for “Next Stop: Making Transit Work for RI” — a forum to discuss ways to most effectively leverage the state’s transit system […]

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We appreciate our supporters

2016 Donors and Supporters Updated 12/31/2016 Individual James Michael Abbott Richard P. Adams Peter Arpin (Paul G. Arpin Charitable Trust) Beth Ashman Collins William Ashworth Paul Attemann Gregory & Jane Kenney Austin Melissa Bagga William J. Baldwin Holly Bannister John J. Barry III Daniel A. Baudouin Gussie Baxt Oliver & Martha Bennett Courtney Bourns Laurel […]

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Thanks to support from people like you, Grow Smart RI was able to accomplish a lot this past year. We aggressively promoted “on the ground” implementation of smart growth community revitalization tools through our new Technical Assistance unit and our award winning Training Program. Working with our Historic Tax Credit coalition partners, we were able to keep the State Historic Tax Credit […]

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5 Key Takeaways – Improved Route 6/10 Corridor Plan

Great example of city, state collaborating on a complex challenge and finding the win-win. Winning redesign will serve local residents and regional commuters well for many years to come. Reconnected street grid with new bike & ped connections will help to revitalize corridor neighborhoods. Up to 30 acres of land to eventually be freed up for community and […]

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