Power of Place Summit Preview
Leveraging the Power of Place for a Stronger Rhode Island Economy March 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


You're among the 3,758 civic leaders, state & local officials, development professionals, investors, decision-makers and visionary citizens getting the latest news, happenings and trends in the local smart growth movement.

  • Summit: Leveraging the Power of Place
       for a Stronger Rhode Island Economy
  • Keynote address will connect demand for great place-making with economic opportunity in a knowledge-based economy

    Prominent national real estate developer, land use strategist, teacher, researcher and author Christopher Leinberger and Smart Growth America's Geoff Anderson will headline Summit with a co-presentation about how 21st century economic and demographic trends can be a competitive advantage for Rhode Island.

    More about Chris Leinberger Here.

    Rhode Island Smart Growth Progress Report

    Then hear from officials in Rhode Island who are among the leading change agents shaping Rhode Island's quality of place and economic future.

    Kevin M. Flynn, Associate Director, RI Division of Planning (Moderator) Keith W. Stokes, Executive Director, RI Economic Development Corporation

    Janet L. Coit, Director, Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management
    Michael P. Lewis, Director, Rhode Island Department of Transportation

  • Break-out sessions aim to advance,
       accelerate Smart Growth and its
       community and economic benefits
  • More than 20 sessions will cover everything from Main Street revitalization to urban farming, "game-changer" economic development projects, tax credit incentive programs, regulatory reform, neighborhood improvement and affordability strategies, response to sea level rise, improving mass transit and more

    Speakers Include:

    Edgar Adams, Professor, Roger Williams University
    Ina Anderson, Partnerships Director, MA Smart Growth Alliance
    William Ashworth, Office Manager/Principal, VHB, Inc.
    Scott Avedisian, Mayor of Warwick
    Angela Bannerman Ankoma, RI Dept. of Health
    Kathleen Bartels, Principal, LLB Architects
    Ann Berman, Assist. Director of Development, RI Housing
    Gerard Bertrand, Exec. Dir., RI Rural Development Council
    Corey Bobba, Senior Operations Engineer, FHWA-RI
    Jeanne M. Boyle, Director of Planning, City of E. Providence
    Lauren Buckel, MPH, Healthy Places Coordinator, RIDOH
    Deanna Casey, AARP in Rhode Island
    John Chambers, Vice President, Fuss & O'Neill
    Jerry Dauterive, Dean, Gabelli School of Business, RWU
    Elizabeth Debs, Consultant, Housing Network of RI
    Kristin A. DeKuiper, Partner, Holland & Knight
    Thom Deller, Dir. of Planning & Devel., City of Providence
    William DePasquale, AICP, Director of Planning, City of Warwick
    Tina Dolen, Executive Director, AIPC
    Jan Eckhart, Owner, Sweet Berry Farm; Chair, RI Ag Partnership
    Jerry Elmer, Staff Attorney, Conservation Law Foundation
    William J. Fazioli, E. Prov. Waterfront District Comm.
    Kenneth J. Filarski, AICP, LOTE
    Peter Flinker, Principal, Dodson Associates, Inc.
    Kathie Florsheim, Senior Fellow, Coastal Institute, URI
    Michelle Fonseca, Holland & Knight
    Janet Freedman, Coastal Geologist, CRMC
    Noah Fulmer, Executive Director, Farm Fresh RI
    Greg Gerritt, Coordinator, Environment Council of RI
    Cynthia Gianfrancesco, RI DEM
    Armeather Gibbs, RI Economic Development Corporation
    Meghan Grady, COO, YWCA Northern RI
    Barney Heath, Dept. of Planning, City of Pawtucket
    Michael Hennessey, Village on The Waterfront, LLC
    Jack C. Hobbs, FAIA, CEO, Collaborative Partners, Boston
    Colin Kane, Chairman, I-195 Redevelopment District Commission
    Brian Kortz, CPG, Project Manager, Fuss & O'Neill
    Tom Kravitz, Dir. of Planning & Econ. Devel., Town of Burrillville
    Tess Lavoie, Farmer, Sidewalk Ends Farm
    Andre Leroux, Exec. Dir., MA Smart Growth Alliance
    Robert Leaver, Principal, New Commons
    Danny LeBlanc, Exec. Dir., Somerville Community Corporation
    Noelle Mackay, VT Dept.of Econ, Housing & Comm. Devel.
    Thomas Mann, Executive Director, The Pawtucket Foundation
    Michael McCormick, Assist. VP, Planning & Design, Brown Univ.
    Kevin McKay, Exec. Dir., Tockwotton Home
    Paul McGreevy, RI Department of Business Regulation
    Scott Millar, Administrator Planning and Development Office, DEM
    Geoffrey Morrison-Logan, Senior Urban Designer VHB, Inc.
    Darren Mochrie, VP and Principal, RKG Associates, Inc.
    Jeremiah O'Grady State Representative(D., Lincoln, Pawtucket)
    Stephen Ostiguy, Exec. Dir., Church Community Housing
    Rick Pace, Partner, EcoAsset, Inc.
    Rich Pederson, Farm Steward, Southside Community Land Trust
    Amy Pettine, Special Projects Manager, RIPTA.
    Christopher Placco, VP, Facilities Mgt., Johnson & Wales University
    Leo Pollock, Administrator, RI Food Policy Council
    Arnold Robinson, Community Partnerships Center, RWU
    Charlie Rhuda, Novogradac and Company
    Angelo Simeoni, Professor of Landscape Architecture, URI
    Russ Smith, Program Coordinator, Sandywoods Farm
    Christopher Spencer, Town Planner, Town of Tiverton
    Thomas Sproul, Ph.D., Asst. Professor, URI
    Leslie Taito, Dir. of Regulatory and Quality Management, RIEDC
    Nancy Whit, Exec. Dir., Pawtucket Citizens Development Corp.
    Diane Williamson, Dir. of Community Devel., Town of Bristol
    Chris Witt, Dir. of Planning and Communications, AIPC
    Matt Wojcik, Dir. of Econ. Development, City of Woonsocket
    Ron Wolanski, Dir. of Planning & Econ. Devel., Town of Middletown

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  • Put your organization in front of up to 500 people at the Summit. There are a total of 25 exhibit spaces available. Here's who's already signed up.

    Find out more

    • American Planning Association - RI Chapter
    • Cecil Group
    • DiPrete Engineering
    • Eco Supply & Design
    • Horsley Witten Group
    • Nexamp, Inc.
    • Pawtucket Foundation
    • Rhode Island Agricultural Partnership
    • Rhode Island Department of HEALTH
    • Rhode Island Housing
    • Rhode Island Public Transit Authority
    • Rhode Island Tourism District Network
    • Washington Trust

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