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Commuter rail key to R.I. growth

Commuter rail key to R.I. growth By Scott Wolf September 15, 2017 Mary MacDonald’s Sept. 1, 2017 article, “The state’s 2012 bet on commuter-rail service has yet to pay off. Is it time to privatize?” is sobering. While commuter-rail ridership from Providence to Boston remains strong and growing (Providence is the third busiest station in the MBTA network), there is no question […]

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Scott Wolf: Land use changes should be vetted

As seen in the Providence Journal Commentary on June 20, 2017 There are several narrowly focused and inadequately vetted efforts underway in this General Assembly session to amend Rhode Island’s land use laws in ways that could hurt the state’s prosperity and quality of place. Among the land use “reform” bills introduced are ones that […]

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Grow Smart RI Job Opportunity

        Full-time Job Opening: Manager, Land Use and Community Planning Training Program Reporting to the Grow Smart Rhode Island Executive Director, and also working closely with our Deputy Director and Manager of Community Technical Assistance, the Training Manager will be responsible for the direction of Grow Smart RI’s award-winning training program and for […]

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We appreciate our supporters

2016 Donors and Supporters Updated 12/31/2016 Individual James Michael Abbott Richard P. Adams Peter Arpin (Paul G. Arpin Charitable Trust) Beth Ashman Collins William Ashworth Paul Attemann Gregory & Jane Kenney Austin Melissa Bagga William J. Baldwin Holly Bannister John J. Barry III Daniel A. Baudouin Gussie Baxt Oliver & Martha Bennett Courtney Bourns Laurel […]

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Thanks to support from people like you, Grow Smart RI was able to accomplish a lot this past year. We aggressively promoted “on the ground” implementation of smart growth community revitalization tools through our new Technical Assistance unit and our award winning Training Program. Working with our Historic Tax Credit coalition partners, we were able to keep the State Historic Tax Credit […]

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5 Key Takeaways – Improved Route 6/10 Corridor Plan

Great example of city, state collaborating on a complex challenge and finding the win-win. Winning redesign will serve local residents and regional commuters well for many years to come. Reconnected street grid with new bike & ped connections will help to revitalize corridor neighborhoods. Up to 30 acres of land to eventually be freed up for community and […]

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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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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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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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