You're Invited

August, 2013

Grow Smart Rhode Island

Board of Directors

Howard M. Kilguss

Chairman of the Board
Ashish Airan
Susan Arnold
William Ashworth
William Baldwin
Daniel A. Baudouin
Samuel J. Bradner
Kenneth Burnett
Joseph Caffey
David Caldwell
John Chambers
Kathleen Connell
Gib Conover
Jen Cookke
Trudy Coxe
Dave Cunningham
Kristin A. DeKuiper
Dennis DiPrete
Dr. David Dooley
Maia Farish
Stephen J. Farrell
Michael L. Friedman
Wilfrid L. Gates
Junior Jabbie
Stanley J. Kanter
Jason E. Kelly
Gail McCann
Kelley Nickson Morris
Donald W. Powers
John A. Rupp
Richard Schartner
Lucie G. Searle
Pamela M. Sherrill
Julia Anne M. Slom
Jonathan F. Stone
Barbara van Beuren
Martha L. Werenfels

Directors Emeritus

Arnold "Buff" Chace

Louise Durfee, Esq.
Michael S. Hudner
Michael F. Ryan
Deming E. Sherman 
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


Jodi Castallo 

Training Coordinator



Grow Smart Rhode Island
235 Promenade Street, Suite 550
Providence, RI  02809
The Foundry Corporate Office Center,
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Dear John,


On behalf of the Rhode Island Statewide Planning Program and its partners, Grow Smart RI invites you to a series of workshops for the Metro Region to help map and identify potential activity or "growth centers" throughout the state. The purpose of these workshops is to get input on where communities want to partner to shape places that are good for people and business. 


Please mark your calendar for September 12th, October 10th, November 14th and January 16th.  


Click on the RSVP links below to see who's planning to attend.



The Details


Rhode Island residents have an opportunity to shape the state's future through RhodeMap RI, a project that began in early 2013 through a grant from the U.S. Department of Housing & Urban Development to the RI Division of Planning. Over the next two years, the state in collaboration with the public and community leaders will seek answers to basic questions about what we want for Rhode Island.  More on this at


One of the major outcomes of this planning process, on top of new Economic Development and Housing plans for the state, will be a strategy for identifying and promoting areas where Rhode Island should grow - places in the state that already have a core of residential and commercial development or are well suited to planned, future development; they are the places that will accommodate and nurture Rhode Island's future growth while protecting its natural and cultural resources.


We are helping to organize a series of four workshops in the Metro Region (other regional workshops will be taking place concurrently throughout the state.  We are seeking participants from each community at these workshops, including planning staff, planning and zoning board members, conservation advocates, livability/walkability advocates, elected leaders and other interested groups and individuals. For those unable to attend these workshops, you will also have the opportunity to review all maps through an on-line GIS tool that can be viewed in any internet browser.


Thank you for your consideration.  We hope you can help in setting the course for future growth and conservation in the Metro Region and the state as a whole.



 - Return to these links periodically to see who else is coming.


September 12, 2013     
4:00-6:00 p.m. 
Blackstone Valley Visitors Center
175 Main Street
RSVP for 9/12 Workshop

October 10, 2013 
4:00-6:00 p.m. 
URI Providence Feinstein Campus
80 Washington Street
RSVP for the 10/10 Workshop
November 14, 2013 
4:00-6:00 p.m. 
Location TBD
RSVP for the 11/14 Workshop

January 16, 2014 
4:00-6:00 p.m. 
Location TBD
RSVP for the 1/16 Workshop


The agendas for the four workshops include:


1. September - Introduction: Representatives from each town will meet to learn about the project as a whole and will be introduced to the mapping process. This will provide an opportunity for questions and comments, and provide representatives with enough background to conduct an effective review of the on-line maps for their community. 


2. October - Green Infrastructure: Following local review, the consultant team will compile maps for the region that represent the local priorities of each community. The consultant team will also present information on regional "Green Infrastructure" maps.


3. November - Economic and Social Infrastructure: Following local review, the consultant team will compile maps for the region that represent the local priorities for Economic and Social Infrastructure. Attendees will work to identify potential centers and discuss the range of center types that may be appropriate for each location. We will explore the relationship between economic, social and environmental assets, implications for center planning, and regional priorities for conservation and economic development.


4. January - Review of Statewide Center Strategies: The consultant team will create revised plans showing recommended Green Infrastructure and potential centers for each region. At this workshop, local representatives will review the draft plans and provide feedback. This meeting will focus on regional conservation and economic development issues, but will also include time for each community to provide feedback on their municipality's recommendations.






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