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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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June 23rd Open House, Public Meeting for Newport Thames & Spring Streets Streetscape Improvements

June 15, 2015 (Newport, RI) — A public meeting and open house for the Lower Thames and Spring Streets Streetscape Improvements project is taking place at 5:30 – 7:00PM on Tuesday, June 23 at the Edward King House [35 King Street in Newport]. The Lower Thames and Spring Streets Streetscape Improvements project is an open […]

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U.S. business trend toward walkable downtowns aligns with RI economic development strategies

Attracting talent, fostering creativity, and building brand among factors favoring downtowns outlined in new national survey WASHINGTON, DC – (June 18, 2015) Hundreds of American companies see unique competitive advantages to being located in a walkable downtown neighborhood. These locations are helping companies attract and retain talented workers, build their brand and corporate identity, support […]

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Grow Smart statement on Governor’s truck user fee proposal

June 2, 2015 – Grow Smart Rhode Island (“Grow Smart”) is a statewide nonprofit policy research and advocacy organization focused on promoting enduring and sustainable economic growth that capitalizes on Rhode Island’s many place-based assets.  One of the principal ways we pursue this is by promoting responsible public investment in a 21st century transportation system […]

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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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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: A Digest

In recent weeks, critics of the RhodeMap RI economic development plan have put forward a great deal of misinformation and misinterpretation aimed at undermining public confidence in this forward-looking and sorely needed economic development plan for Rhode Island. In response to several requests, Grow Smart is providing this summary of key elements and strategies from […]

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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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