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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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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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Reinventing Rhode Island

GrowSmartRI’s Scott Wolf talked in this past Sunday’s Providence Journal Reinvent Rhode Island series about the local outlook on the economy; How We See Ourselves. Does gloom beget gloomy numbers? Yes, Grow Smart RI executive director Scott Wolf asserts. “It makes us timid when it comes to public policy,” he syas. “It makes us focus […]

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Scott Wolf on “State of the State”

GrowSmartRI Executive Director, Scott Wolf recently appeared on Operation Clean Government’s program, “State of the State.” Scott Wolf of Grow Smart RI has many strategies to grow Rhode Island smartly. There was a time when the little state of Rhode Island was an economic giant. Business people, entrepreneurs and government officials understood the state’s assets […]

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Providence Children’s Museum: “Where Do the Children Play?” Screening and Discussion

GrowSmartRI’s Scott Wolf featured on panel discussion tonight about children’s play. Documentary and Discussion Ask ‘Where Do the Children Play?’ Children’s Museum Presents Film Screenings About Outdoor Play Providence Children’s Museum is presenting two free public screenings of “Where Do the Children Play?” The provocative documentary film examines an issue of growing concern among pediatricians, […]

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