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Central Falls Signs Green & Complete Streets Ordinance

Central Falls Sets High Statewide Standard with Green & Complete Streets Ordinance    The community of Central Falls has made a bold and important statement about making Rhode Island’s streets and neighborhoods more user-friendly and enjoyable places for all residents and visitors. With City Council’s passing – and Mayor Diossa’s official January 17th signing – of a new ordinance advancing “green & complete streets,” or streets that support all users, modes and abilities while accommodating storm-water and cleaner […]

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We appreciate our supporters

2017 Donors and Supporters Updated 01/01/2018 Individual James Michael Abbott Edgar G. Adams, Jr. Richard Adams Frank Altman Alden & Emily Anderson Peter Arpin (Paul G. Arpin Charitable Trust) William Ashworth Ting Barnard Daniel A. Baudouin Gussie Baxt Jonathan Bell & Sarah Zurier Oliver & Martha Bennett Phoebe Blake & Peter McClure Tim Blankenship Laurel […]

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2017 Legislative & Policy Wrap

The 2017 legislative session was a tumultuous one highlighted by a period of 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, […]

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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, Governor’s Office and Mayors to help highlight what’s at stake for Rhode Island The U.S. House GOP Tax Plan zeroes out the Federal Historic Tax Credit (“HTC”) and the counterpart plan in the Senate, after a recent amendment, retains the Federal HTC but requires it to be […]

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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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