Power of Place Summit - Friday, May 14, 2010
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Rhode Island Convention Center Friday May 14, 2010

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PBN Supplement

Grow Smart has once again partnered with Providence Business News to produce a special supplement previewing the Power of Place Summit. It will be published in PBN's April 12th edition. Grow Smart is also mailing copies of the supplement to those in our database.

Grow Smart Rhode Island

Board of Directors

Howard M. Kilguss

Chairman of the Board

Susan Arnold
William Baldwin
Samuel J. Bradner
Kenneth Burnett
Joseph Caffey
Robert L. Carothers
Jen Cookke
Trudy Coxe
Dennis DiPrete
Stephen Durkee
Stephen J. Farrell
Michael L. Friedman
Wilfred L. Gates
John R. Gowell, Jr.
Akhil C. Gupta
Stanley J. Kanter
Jason E. Kelly
Dennis Langley
James Leach
Thomas V. Moses
William M. Pratt
B. Michael Rauh, Jr.
Richard Schartner
Lucie G. Searle
Deming E. Sherman
Pamela M. Sherrill
John C. Simmons
Jonathan F. Stone
James F. Twaddell

Directors Emeritus

Arnold "Buff" Chace

Louise Durfee, Esq.
J. Joseph Garrahy
Michael S. Hudner
Michael F. Ryan
Frederick C. Williamson
W. Edward Wood

Board Listing with Affiliation


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

State of the State

Grow Smart RI Executive Director, Scott Wolf recently appeared on Operation Clean Government's program, "State of the State."

Wolf asserts that we can recreate an era of prosperity if we once again understand our strengths and resources and begin to use them wisely. This is the essence and message of Grow Smart RI. Wolf offers a number of examples of how we already are playing to our strengths in Rhode Island and highlights several opportunities to do this more extensively and effectively.

Watch the program HERE


You're among the 3,410 civic leaders, state & local officials, development professionals, journalists and visionary citizens getting the latest news, happenings and trends in the smart growth movement from Grow Smart Rhode Island.

  • May 14th 'Power of Place Summit'
       line-up, online registration now available
  • New Federal Partnership for Sustainable Communities takes center stage with Keynote Symposium including key leaders from from HUD, DOT, EPA and Smart Growth America. Up to 500 expected to attend.

    There has never been a more energizing atmosphere for building smart, sustainable and prosperous communities than right now. President Obama announced early on that smart growth and sustainability would be a major priority in his administration.

    Then on June 16, 2009, the Administration announced an unprecedented new federal partnership among three major agencies - HUD, DOT and EPA - to support innovative efforts by states, regions and communities to expand economic opportunity, improve community design and livability and reduce impacts to the environment. It's called the Partnership for Sustainable Communities and is backed by Congress with $150 million allocated in the FY 2010 Budget. The Obama Administration is proposing to assign significantly more agency resources to the program in FY 2011.

    HUD Deputy Secretary Ron Sims will be joined by Therese McMillan, Deputy Administrator of the Federal Transit Administration and John Frece, Director of EPA's Smart Growth Program to discuss the status of the partnership and the opportunities for applying its principles and resources to improve Rhode Island's economy and enhance its quality of place. Smart Growth America President & CEO Geoff Anderson will moderate the symposium.

    The Summit is expected to draw up to 500 opinion leaders including federal, state and local officials, academics, developers, architects and real estate professionals, planners, investors and staff from many policy advocacy groups. The program will examine many opportunities to achieve sustainable economic prosperity using strategies that revitalize urban and town centers, increase housing options and affordability, promote clean and efficient transportation choices, maintain a vital agricultural sector and that ensure responsible stewardship of our natural resources.

    The Summit is being made possible by an array of sponsors from the corporate, governmental, foundation, academic and non profit sectors. We thank them all for their generosity and commitment to sustainable economic growth. Each sponsor is listed on the Summit website.

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  • Summit workshops to deliver latest
       news, trends and best practices
       in sustainable economic and community
  • More than 20 workshops will be presented by respected and accomplished professionals on topics such as Rhode Island-specific opportunities for sustainable economic growth, zoning for green energy production, reuse of I-195 surplus land, and enhanced public transportation system, regulatory reform, improving public health through better community design, agricultural vitality, leadership in energy and environmental design, affordable housing and more.

    Workshop presenters include:

    Jane Austin, Special Coalitions Liaison, Save The Bay

    Dan Baudouin, Executive Director, The Providence Foundation
    Kenneth Buckland, AICP, LEED AP, Principal, The Cecil Group, Inc.
    Eric Busch, Principal, Rustpoint Advisory, LLC
    Steve Cecil, AIA ASLA, Principal, The Cecil Group, Inc.
    Thomas E. Deller, Director, Department of Planning & Development, City of Providence
    Steve Durkee, AIA, Principle, Durkee, Brown Viveiros & Werenfels Architects
    Jan Eckhart, Sweet Berry Farm & Middletown Planning Board
    Jerry Elmer, Staff Attorney, Conservation Law Foundation
    Kevin Essington, Director, Government Relations, The Nature Conservancy
    David Everett, Principal Planner, City of Providence Dept of Planning and Development
    David Farmer, Dean, Graduate School of Oceanography, URI
    Kenneth Filarski, FAIA, AICP, LEED-AP, LEED-AP BD+C, CFM, FILARSKI/architecture
    Steven Fischbach, Rhode Island Legal Services
    Kevin M. Flynn, Associate Director, Rhode Island Division of Planning
    Rupert Friday, Director, RI Land Trust Council
    Grover Fugate, Executive Director, RI Coastal Resources Management Council
    Greg Gerritt, Urban Agriculture Task Force
    Richard Godfrey, Executive Director, Rhode Island Housing
    Nellie Gorbea, Executive Director, HousingWorks RI
    Janice Greenwood, P.E.; Vice President, Woodard & Curran, Inc.
    Frances Halsband, FAIA, Partner, Kliment Halsband Architects
    Eric Hangen, AICP, President, I Squared Community Development Consulting
    Virginia Hesse, Architect, Rhode Island Historic Preservation & Heritage Commission
    Steven Hughes, AIA, LEEP AP, Associate, RGB Corp.
    Nathan Kelly, Senior Planner, Horsley Witten Group, Inc.
    Meg Kerr, Watershed Outreach Coordinator at Narragansett Bay Estuary Program
    Rochelle Lee, Consultant
    Paul Leveille, LEED AP, High Performance Buildings Program Manager, The Jordan Institute
    Michael P. Lewis, Director, Rhode Island Department of Transportation
    John Leyden, CBO, RI State Building Commissioner, RI Dept. of Administration
    James Lima, Partner, HR&A Advisors, Inc.
    Thomas A. Mann, Jr., Executive Director, The Pawtucket Foundation
    Eugenia Marks, Senior Director of Policy, Audubon Society of Rhode Island
    Pat McNiff, Casey Farm & Pat's Pastured
    Scott Millar, Chairperson, Exeter Pilot Team
    James Miller, Chair, Ocean Engineering, URI
    Benjamin Morton, Carol R Johnson Associates Inc.
    Bill Needleman, Senior Planner, City of Portland, ME
    Anton C. Nelessen, PP, M. ARCH. UD, CNU, Principal, A. Nelessen Associates, Associate Professor of Urban Planning, Rutgers, the State University
    Bonnie Nickerson, Senior Planner, City of Providence
    Norman Ospina, Olneyville Neighborhood Association
    Donald Powers, AIA, Principal, Donald Powers Architects
    Jon Reiner, Town Planner, Town of North Kingstown
    Katie Resnick, Environmental Planner, Horsley Witten Group, Inc.
    John Rhodes, Pricipal, Moran, Stahl & Boyer, LLC
    Paul Rich, Chief Development Officer, Deepwater Wind Rhode Island
    David Schweid, Planner, Town of Exeter, RI
    Leni Schwendinger, Principal, Leni Schwendinger Light Projects LTD
    Harry Smith, Office of Planning & Development, New London, CT
    Greg Spiess, LEED AP; Principal, Greg Spiess AIA Architecture & Urban Design
    Robert Stein, AICP, Land Use Bureau Chief, Stamford, Connecticut
    Keith Stokes, Executive Director, RI Economic Development Corporation
    W. Michael Sullivan, Ph.D., Director, RI Department of Environmental Management
    Mark Therrien, Assistant General Manager, Planning, RIPTA
    Jerry van Eyck, ASLA, Principal, !Melk Landscape Architecture PC
    Kate Venturini, Manager, URI / CRMC Coastal Landscapes Program
    Linda Walden, Director of Planning & Development, Killingly, CT
    Caroline Wells; Director of Planning and Community Development, Town of Warren, RI
    Martha Werenfels, AIA, LEED AP, Principal, Durkee, Brown, Viveiros & Werenfels Architects
    Nancy Whit, Executive Director, Pawtucket Citizens Development Corporation
    Lee Whitaker, AICP, Director of Planning, Town of East Greenwich
    Scott Wolf, Executive Director, Grow Smart Rhode Island

    Grow Smart is grateful for the generosity and commitment of our many presenters. We will continue to leverage the talents, ideas and energy of diverse partners in transforming Rhode Island into an economic and cultural leader for this and future generations.

    Several workshops qualify for CM credits with the American Planning Association.

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