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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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Grow Smart outlines state and local policies for building a stronger, more vibrant RI

Briefing Book includes recommendations, resources for candidates and voters Download Briefing Book October 13, 2016 – Hot off the e-press, our 2016 Briefing Book for Candidates and Voters is now on the street.   In it we assert that Rhode Island is on a comeback path due in large part to key investments in smart and sustainable economic development recently embraced by voters […]

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2016 Legislative Wrap

Overall 2016 was another very good legislative session for the smart growth agenda, with  the Governor’s existing urban and transit oriented economic development package renewed while critical new investments were also approved for our transportation infrastructure through the controversial, but sorely needed “Rhode Works” initiative. The Governor and the General Assembly also agreed to put […]

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June 21st Power of Place Summit will bring together 500 community stakeholders focused on shaping a stronger, more vibrant Rhode Island

Governor Raimondo, several members of her Administration to participate, along withRealtor.com’s Chief Economist and leaders from several Northeastern cities June 11, 2016 – In the two years since the last Power of Place Summit, Rhode Island has turned some important corners. The state’s economy is on the rebound, the real estate market is performing better […]

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2015 Legislative Wrap Up

Following the November 2014 statewide referenda in which Rhode Island voters approved the most sweeping package of investments in smart growth and community revitalization since Grow Smart’s founding, the 2015 General Assembly continued the momentum.  By enacting a number of promising new initiatives – including Governor Raimondo’s bold economic comeback agenda – and staving off radical […]

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2015 Rhode Island Smart Growth Award winners announced

Those credited with shaping a stronger Rhode Island to be recognized at May 21st event PROVIDENCE, RI (April 6, 2015) – Saying there’s no better way to promote the many economic and community benefits of smart growth than to profile examples of success, Grow Smart RI today announced the winners of its 4th Annual Rhode […]

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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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Grow Smart offers candidates set of policy reforms to jumpstart economy, capitalize on place-based assets

21-page Briefing Book ties together economic development and job creation, tax-dollar efficiencies and strong, vibrant and healthy communities For Immediate Release Contact: Scott Wolf, Executive Director – 401.273.5711, Ext. 4 – swolf@growsmartri.org John Flaherty, Director of Research & Communications – 401.273.5711, Ext. 5 – jflaherty@growsmartri.org Download Briefing Book – For best results printing, please download the […]

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2012 Leg Wrap

The 2012 Rhode Island General Assembly adjourned at 3:30 a.m. on Wednesday, June 13, 2012. While there were some modest wins for those who support a bold vision for advancing a sound and meaningful prosperity agenda, the session can largely be characterized as a missed opportunity to capitalize on our many assets. Here is a […]

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Legislative Update: Act Now on Bond to Boost Economy and Environment

We encourage you to voice your support for having the General Assembly place the proposed Local Farms, Open Space, & Recreation bond issue on the November ballot. We at Grow Smart believe that this bond issue would be an important investment in our future economic, environmental and social well being – a means of protecting […]

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