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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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RhodeMap RI passes unanimously

Grow Smart is pleased that the RhodeMap RI economic development plan has been adopted despite an aggressive misinformation campaign that raised false fears and baseless conspiracy theories.  This pragmatic, asset-based plan was developed over 18 months with substantial input from a broad cross section of the community, including 200 business leaders. Now it’s time to move forward and restore economic […]

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2014 Legislative Wrap

Grow Smart Rhode Island applauds the Governor and the General Assembly for their  leadership this year on behalf of several worthwhile investments in our state’s future prosperity.  These include a more sustainable approach to funding Rhode Island’s mass transit system, approval of the South Street Power Station redevelopment project that will include a joint URI/Rhode Island […]

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Smart Growth leaders, projects and plans were honored at May 23rd Power of Place Summit

June 23, 2014 – Providence, RI – There’s no better way to promote the many benefits of smart growth than to profile successful local examples.  That’s why each year Grow Smart honors and celebrates individuals, projects and plans that are playing to Rhode Island’s many strengths, generating sustainable economic benefits and improving communities and neighborhoods […]

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An economic development call to action

RIPEC’s report on structural reform of our economic development delivery system offers some suggestions worthy of consideration.  However, with Rhode Island’s unemployment rate still among the nation’s highest, we cannot let the report become a rationale for further delay in implementing an asset based economic development strategy. Targeted investments in our state’s assets are urgently […]

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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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Cabot Community Tour, July 1st, Roger Williams Park

THE 2012 COMMUNITY TOUR WALKS, BIKES AND RIDES INTO PROVIDENCE ON JULY 1ST! The 2012 Community Tour celebrates those who give their hearts, time and skills to strengthen communities. The two-month program kicked off on May 12th in Miami, Florida, and continues up the East Coast, closely following the route of the East Coast Greenway […]

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