Top Menu

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. […]

Continue Reading

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 […]

Continue Reading

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 […]

Continue Reading

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 […]

Continue Reading

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.’ “

Continue Reading

Major transportation reform underway in Washington

With debate about the reauthorization of the Federal Transportation Act now underway in Washington, DC, Senators Lautenberg (D-NJ) and Rockefeller (D-WV) are proposing a bold new vision for federal transportation funding. There is presently no overarching strategy that determines when, how, or where transportation dollars are spent? No plan. No vision. No goal. The Lautenberg/Rockefeller […]

Continue Reading

Push is on to stabilize, strengthen RIPTA finances before General Assembly ends

With financial and operational audits showing a generally well-run agency, advocates focus on reforming the way public transportation is funded in Rhode Island. Aiming to avoid the recurring fiscal crisis that forces the agency’s Board of Directors to hike fares and cut service, the New Public Transit Alliance (NuPTA) has been promoting funding reform policies […]

Continue Reading