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Leveraging the Power of Place for a Stronger Rhode Island April 2012

Power of Place Summit

Rhode Island Convention Center Friday May 11, 2012

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2012 Summit Sponsors

Grow Smart Rhode Island

Board of Directors

Howard M. Kilguss

Chairman of the Board

Susan Arnold
William Baldwin
Daniel A. Baudouin
Samuel J. Bradner
Kenneth Burnett
Joseph Caffey
Kathleen Connell
Gib Conover
Jen Cookke
Trudy Coxe
Kristin A. DeKuiper
Dennis DiPrete
Dr. David Dooley
Stephen J. Farrell
Michael L. Friedman
Wilfred L. Gates
Akhil C. Gupta
Junior Jabbie
Stanley J. Kanter
Jason E. Kelly
Basil Lee
Stephen M. Maiorisi
Kelly Nickson Morris
Donald W. Powers
John A. Rupp
Richard Schartner
Lucie G. Searle
Deming E. Sherman
Pamela M. Sherrill
Julia Anne M. Slom
Jonathan F. Stone
Martha L. Werenfels

Directors Emeritus

Arnold "Buff" Chace

Louise Durfee, Esq.
Michael S. Hudner
Michael F. Ryan
W. Edward Wood


Scott Wolf

Executive Director

Sheila Brush

Director of Programs

John Flaherty

Director of Research & Communications

Leslie Denomme

Executive Assistant for Finance

Dorothy Dauray

Office Assistant

Lauren Pendergast

Training Coordinator


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    Grow Smart is grateful to the following organizations and individuals who provided support to our mission and workplan during the period between January 1, 2010 through March 1, 2012.

    Major Foundations:

    Prince Charitable Trusts
    The Prospect Hill Foundation, Inc. (matching gift)
    The Rhode Island Foundation
    van Beuren Charitable Foundation

    Family Foundations

    Brightman Hill Charitable Foundation (Ed & Linda Wood)
    Carter Charitable Trust (John & Letitia Carter)
    Rallis Conover Family Fund (Gib Conover & Diane Rallis)
    The Norman & Rosalie Fain Fund (Rosalie B. Fain)
    McAdams Charitable Foundation (Mr. & Mrs. Norman E. "Sandy" McCulloch Jr.)
    Jonathan M. Nelson Family Foundation (Jonathan M. & Judy Nelson)
    The Sharpe Family Foundation (Henry & Peggy Sharpe)
    Alice I Sullivan Charitable Trust (Daniel Sullivan)
    van Beuren Charitable Foundation (Barbara van Beuren & Stephen Glascock)
    Ruth and W. Irving Wolf Jr. Family Fund


    A4 Architecture & Planning
    Adler Pollock & Sheehan P.C.
    Amgen, Inc.
    Amica Companies Foundation
    The Aspen Group
    B & H Shipping Group (Michael & Hope Hudner)
    Bank of America RI
    BETA Group
    Law Offices of John Boehnert
    E. W. Burman, Inc., General Contractors
    Butler & Messier, Inc.
    Capital Properties, Inc.
    Joe Casali Engineering
    Cavanagh Company
    The Cecil Group
    Chex Finer Foods
    Reavis Cianciolo, LLC
    Cornish Associates, LLC (Buff & Johnnie Chace)
    Lila Delman Real Estate
    Dimeo Properties, Inc.
    DiPrete Engineering Assoc. Inc. (Dennis DiPrete)
    DiSanto Priest & Company
    Durkee Brown Viveiros Werenfels
    FJS Associates, Ltd.
    FM Global Foundation
    The Foundry Development Associates
    F.H. French Co Inc./Blackstone Management (Jen Cookke)
    Freedom National Bank
    Fuss & O'Neill
    Glasswing Design
    GZA Geo Environmental, Inc.
    Hinckley, Allen & Snyder LLP
    Horsley Witten Group
    HR & A Advisors, Inc.
    I Squared Community Development
    Landscape Elements, LLC
    LFR, Inc.
    LLB Architects (Lerner, Ladds & Bartels)
    MetLife Auto & Home
    MMF Realty, LLC (Michael Friedman)
    J. F. Moran Co., Inc.
    Moran Shipping Agencies, Inc.
    Moses & Afonso Ltd.
    Nadeau Corporation
    Nation Wide Construction
    National Grid
    Newport Harbor Corporation
    NORTEK, Inc.
    Northeast Collaborative Architects, Inc.
    O'Hearne Associates (John O'Hearne)
    Omni Development Corporation
    One Financial Center Plaza, LLC (Aram Garabedian)
    Pare Corporation
    Peregrine Group LLC (Colin Kane)
    Platt Realty Group, LLC (Lawrence Platt)
    Promet Marine Service
    Property Advisory Group, Inc.
    RI Housing
    Roberts, Carroll, Feldstein & Peirce, Inc.
    Robinson & Cole, LLP
    The Robinson Green Beretta Corporation
    Sansiveri, Kimball & McNamee, LLP
    Sinceritas, LLC (Murray Gates)
    Teknor Apex Company
    Textron Charitable Trust
    United Healthcare of New England
    Union Studio Architects
    United Natural Foods, Inc.
    Ursillo, Teitz & Ritch, Ltd.
    US Green Building Council-RI Chapter
    Vanasse Hangen Brustlin, Inc.
    The Washington Trust Charitable Foundation
    Waterson Terminal Services, LLC
    Webster Bank, N.A.
    Ed Wojcik Architect, Ltd.
    Ximedica Corporation


    James Michael Abbott
    Edgar George Adams Jr.
    Lloyd B. Adams
    Susan Arnold
    Gregory & Jane Austin
    Samuel F. Babbitt
    John J. Barry III
    Daniel A. Baudouin
    Gussie & Victor Baxt
    Oliver & Martha Bennett
    Richard Bernardo
    Michael Black
    Julius Bloom
    Richard & Sandra Bornstein
    Samuel & Kris Bradner
    David Brown
    Jeffrey A. Brown & Barbara Horovitz
    James P. Brown III
    Nicholas Brown
    Richard & Sheila Brush
    Desa DeVore Buffum & James Buffum
    Rod Burkett
    Timothy P. Burns
    Eric Busch
    Nicholas & Julia Califano
    Linsey & James Callaghan
    Ronald J. Caniglia
    John & Margaret Carlotto
    Roger Carlsten
    Robert S. & Marjorie B. Catanzaro
    Arnold "Buff" & Johnnie Chace
    Renee F. Chicoine
    Brenda Clement
    Marilyn F Cohen
    Kathleen Connell
    Trudy Coxe & James Gaffney
    Mary & Stephen Crolius
    James O. Daley
    Anne & Peter S Damon
    Elizabeth Debs & Stephen Turner
    Merlin & Sandra Deconti, Jr.
    Kristin A. DeKuiper
    Marc & Leslie Denomme
    Linda T. Dewing
    Stanley G. Dimock
    Wendy Nicholas Dorsey
    Louise Durfee
    Stephen Durkee
    Mary S. Eddy
    Christine J. Engustian, Att at Law
    Stephen & Suzanne Farrell
    John & Melissa Flaherty
    Ronald Fleming
    Alan S. & Renee L. Flink
    Linton & Bonita Fluck
    Kevin Flynn
    Dr. Patricia J. Fontes
    Sally & Stephen Fortlouis
    Robert C. Frederiksen
    Carl I Freedman
    Anne Galbraith
    Brian Gallogly & Joanne Brasil
    Donald R. & Margaret-Ann Gardner
    Thomas and Leslie Gardner
    Lauren Garzone
    Wilfrid L. Gates Jr.
    Bari George
    Anna C. Gizzarelli
    Abbott & Sarah Gleason
    Thomas P.I. Goddard
    Caitlyn Greeley
    Lindsay Green
    Akhil Gupta
    Eric Hangen & Heidie Vazquez Garcia
    Stuart Hardy
    Susan Harriman
    Barry & Kathleen Hittner
    Dr. Peter A. Hollmann
    Christopher D. Hunter
    Virginia K. Innis
    Junior Jabbie
    Karen & Richard Jessup
    George W. Johnson
    Brian & Judy Jones
    David Karoff & Barbara Hunger
    Lester Keats
    Kevin Kelley
    Jason E. Kelly
    Ken Kenerson
    Howard & Kate Kilguss
    Brian Kortz
    Anne Berkelhammer Krause
    Linda J. Kushner
    Marie Langlois
    Cynthia J. Langlykke
    Richard & Judith Lappin
    Richard Leclerc
    Basil Lee
    Stephen & Diana Lewinstein
    Christopher Little
    Stanley and Martha Livingston
    William Macy
    Stephen Maiorisi
    Geoffrey Marchant
    Philip Marshall
    Elizabeth & James Martin & Family
    Gail McCann & Stanley Lukasiewicz
    Robert McCann
    Frederick McClure
    Peter McClure & Phoebe Blake
    John & Sara McConnell
    Courtney & Lynn McCracken
    Dr. & Mrs. Charles J. McDonald
    Mary McDonald
    Connie McGreavy
    William P. McKenna
    Walter McLaughlin
    Joseph & Debra Miceli
    Arthur & Martha Milot
    David Scott Molloy
    Kelley Nickson Morris
    Jane S. Nelson
    Dr. Patricia A. Nolan
    John & Michele O'Brien
    Kenneth Orenstein
    Glenn Parker
    Harvey & Sarah Perry
    Kirk Pickell
    Jan C & Anna Prager
    H. Lebaron Preston
    B. Michael Rauh, Jr.
    John S. Renza Jr.
    Craig Richardson & Sarah Beinecke Richardson
    Derwent Jean Riding
    Marcia S. Riesman
    David Riley
    Arnold N. Robinson, AICP
    Clayton A. Rockefeller
    Henry & JoAnn Rosemont
    Michael & Lynne Ryan
    Andrea & Joseph Sands
    John & Lila Sapinsley
    Eleanor C. Sasso
    Richard & Nancy Schartner
    Lucie G. Searle
    Hinda Semonoff
    Deming & Jane Sherman
    Pamela Morey Sherrill
    Thurman & Doris Silks
    Julia Anne & Peter Slom
    Jeffrey & Sandra Smith
    June Speakman
    Muriel P. Stevens
    Robert I. Stolzman
    Jonathan F. Stone
    Kris & Everett Stuart
    Thomas Sullivan
    W. Bruce Tillinghast
    Carol & Thomas Todd
    James F. Twaddell
    Aaron & Lynn Usher
    Daniel W. Varin
    John W and Mary Wall
    Kate Waterman
    Robin & Brian Weber
    Andrew & Anne Wert
    C. Martha & Lee R. Whitaker
    Scott Wolf & Joyce Krabach
    Charles S. Young, III


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    Nonprofit Organizations:

    AARP - Rhode Island Chapter
    American Planning Association - Rhode Island Chapter
    The Architectural Forum/Newport Art Museum
    Audubon Society of Rhode Island
    Environment Council of Rhode Island
    Lifespan Corporation
    LISC - RI
    Neighborworks of the Blackstone River Valley
    The Pawtucket Foundation
    PRESERVE Rhode Island
    The Preservation Society of Newport County
    Providence Performing Arts Center (PPAC)
    The Rhode Island Builders Association
    Rhode Island Association of Realtors
    Save The Bay, Inc.
    Smart Growth America
    Southside Community Land Trust
    The Providence Foundation
    Washington County Regional Planning Council


    John H. Chafee Blackstone River Valley National Heritage Corridor Commission
    City of Pawtucket
    City of Providence
    Narragansett Bay Research Reserve Coastal Training Program
    Rhode Island Department of Health
    Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management
    Rhode Island Division of Planning
    U.S. EPA

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