Top Menu

Archive | Legislation

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, […]

Continue Reading

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 […]

Continue Reading

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 […]

Continue Reading

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 […]

Continue Reading

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 […]

Continue Reading

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 […]

Continue Reading

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 […]

Continue Reading

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 […]

Continue Reading

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 […]

Continue Reading

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% […]

Continue Reading