Power of Place Summit Preview
Leveraging the Power of Place for a Stronger Rhode Island Economy February 2012

The Power of Place

Rhode Island Convention Center Friday May 11, 2012

Help us shape the Summit

   Call for Workshop Proposals

   Sponsorship Opportunities

   Exhibiting at the Summit

   Call for Award Nominations  


Grow Smart mourns the loss of one of its founders

With the passing of former Rhode Island Governor J. Joseph Garrahy, our state has lost an exemplary public leader and Grow Smart has lost an enthusiastic and effective supporter. As a founding member of our Board of Directors, Governor Garrahy played a key role in establishing Grow Smart as a credible organization with significant public policy influence.

Personally, the whole Grow Smart Team will miss Governor Garrahy a great deal. We thank his family for the gift of his time and sage counsel and hope that they are comforted by the fact that he left an indelible and positive mark on our organization and our state.

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.
J. Joseph Garrahy
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 3,744 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.

  • May 11th Summit plans taking shape
  • Up to 500 expected for biennial gathering of federal, state and local officials, business and civic leaders, real estate professionals, investors, architects, developers, builders, farmers and other community stakeholders

    The theme of this year's Summit, "Beyond Austerity: Leveraging the Power of Place for a Stronger Rhode Island Economy", will drive the keynote address and the more than 20 workshops at the daylong forum.

    At Grow Smart, we believe there's no reason why our dynamic and lovably quirky state can't have one of the nation's most prosperous economies and continue to be one of the most charming and distinctive of the 50 states. After all, it's about quality of place, not quantity of place.

    Early bird registration fees will remain affordable again this year, ranging from $50 (students) to $75 (government and nonprofit) and $100 (regular rate). Online registration will open in March.

    If you'd like to propose a Summit Workshop, download our Call for Workshop Proposals .

    Thanks to an arrangment with our friends at the Rhode Island Chapter of the American Planning Association, many of the workshops will qualify for continuing education credits.

  • Sponsorship deadline March 1
  • We're once again partnering with Providence Business News to produce the Summit Program as a special advertising insert to the March 26th edition of PBN.

    Your logo can appear on the cover reaching more than 31,000 influential readers throughout Southeastern New England. Grow Smart also mails the program to our own audience of 5,000. Click the image to the right to view the 2010 program.

    Download the sponsorship form.

    Previous and/or current* sponsors include:

    - AARP*

    - American Planning Association - RI Chapter
    - Aquidneck Island Planning Commission*
    - Audubon Society of Rhode Island*
    - Bank of America
    - Bank Newport*
    - BankRI*
    - B + H Shipping
    - Brown University*
    - City of Pawtucket
    - City of Providence
    - DiPrete Engineering
    - Durkee Brown Viveiros and Werenfels*
    - Federal Home Loan Bank of Boston*
    - GZA Environmental*
    - Horsley Witten Group
    - Johnson & Wales University
    - Lifespan
    - Moran Shipping*
    - Narragansett Bay Research Reserve
    - National Grid
    - Providence Foundation*
    - Roger Williams University*
    - Rhode Island Builders Association
    - Rhode Island Foundation
    - Rhode Island Economic Development Corporation*
    - Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management
    - RI Department of Health
    - Rhode Island Housing
    - RI Division of Planning
    - RI Association of REALTORS*
    - RI Green Building Council*
    - Roger Williams University*
    - The Brickle Group*
    - Union Studio Architecture & Community Design*
    - United Natural Foods
    - URI Feinstein Providence Campus*
    - Washington Trust Company*

    Display advertising is available in the PBN Summit Program. Space reservation deadline is Friday, March 9, 2012. Contact Chris Santilli, Vice President Sales & Marketing at PBN (401)680-4800.

  • Exhibit at the Summit
  • Click HERE for details

  • New This year ...
  • Smart Growth Awards Program

    2012 marks the launch of Grow Smart Rhode Island's 'Smart Growth Awards' program. Awards will recognize individuals and the successful application of smart growth principles in Rhode Island to restore community prosperity and quality of place.

    Award winners will be recognized during the Summit lunch.

    Nominations are being accepted until COB on Monday, February 27th in the following categories:

    Smart Growth Leadership Award

    Outstanding Smart Growth Project
        (Urban, Suburban or Rural)
    Outstanding Public Policy or Plan

    Download Award Nomination Form

    More Time for Networking

    You spoke and we listened.

    Following the 2010 Summit, many of you said that networking is one of the most valuable benefits and that you wanted more of it. So, we're shaving a modest amount of time off the length of workshops so you can spend more time networking and visiting exhibitors throughout the day.

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