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Initial reaction to Governor’s budget proposal

Grow Smart applauds Governor’s focus on playing to, investing in Rhode Island’s strengths Very preliminary review suggests that the Governor’s proposed budget would move Rhode Island toward more enduring economic growth and an enhanced quality of life While there’s plenty of details to scour, Grow Smart’s initial review finds several reasons to be hopeful that […]

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RhodeMap RI passes unanimously

Grow Smart is pleased that the RhodeMap RI economic development plan has been adopted despite an aggressive misinformation campaign that raised false fears and baseless conspiracy theories.  This pragmatic, asset-based plan was developed over 18 months with substantial input from a broad cross section of the community, including 200 business leaders. Now it’s time to move forward and restore economic […]

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2014 Legislative Wrap

Grow Smart Rhode Island applauds the Governor and the General Assembly for their  leadership this year on behalf of several worthwhile investments in our state’s future prosperity.  These include a more sustainable approach to funding Rhode Island’s mass transit system, approval of the South Street Power Station redevelopment project that will include a joint URI/Rhode Island […]

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Smart Growth leaders, projects and plans were honored at May 23rd Power of Place Summit

June 23, 2014 – Providence, RI – There’s no better way to promote the many benefits of smart growth than to profile successful local examples.  That’s why each year Grow Smart honors and celebrates individuals, projects and plans that are playing to Rhode Island’s many strengths, generating sustainable economic benefits and improving communities and neighborhoods […]

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What would a streetcar mean to Providence?

Kansas City beat out Providence this year for a federal grant to help build a streetcar line in that city.  See what that news has already meant for KC When selecting a parking lot along the Kansas City streetcar line as the site for a 50-unit, five-story apartment building, Boulder-based developer Linden Street Partners was […]

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Parking vs. Transit?

Grow Smart seeks realigned transportation priorities from State Government Grow Smart has been pleased in recent years that the Chafee Administration has prioritized a number of policies to advance smart economic and community development that plays to our strengths. Reinstatement of the state Historic Tax Credit, expanded state funding for tourism promotion and replenished bond […]

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Extending RI’s New Historic Tax Credit a top priority of Grow Smart’s 2014 advocacy

Program has demonstrated its return on investment while strengthening communities, neighborhoods and municipal tax bases After being closed to new applicants since 2008, the Rhode Island General Assembly reinstated a reformed State Historic Tax Credit last June using $34.5MM in previously budgeted, but abandoned credits.  The new tax credit program allocates credits of between 20% […]

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Historic Tax Credit back to work for RI; advances for agricultural vitality; Transit funding reform left at the altar… again

Grow Smart RI is very pleased that the General Assembly recognized the value of investing in our incredible collection of historic buildings and neighborhoods by restoring in modified form the State Historic Tax Credit. We also applaud the General Assembly for supporting the Governor’s budget provision that provided some initial funding for technical assistance to […]

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