Grow Smart Rhode Island
Smart Growth e-Briefs
News and Tools for People Shaping Our Communities October 2004

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Grow Smart Board of Directors

Michael F. Ryan

Chairman of the Board

Susan Arnold
William Baldwin
S. James Busam
Joseph Caffey
Robert L. Carothers
Arnold Chace
Jen Cookke
Trudy Coxe
Peter Damon
Louise Durfee
Stephen J. Farrell
Thomas E. Freeman
J. Joseph Garrahy
John R. Gowell, Jr.
Stephen Hamblett
Robert Harding
Michael S. Hudner
Stanley J. Kanter
Howard M. Kilguss
Thomas A. Lawson
Dennis Langley
James Leach
Frederick Lippitt
Roger Mandle
Rev. James C. Miller
Thomas V. Moses
George Nee
B. Michael Rauh, Jr.
Gary Sasse
Richard Schartner
Deming Sherman
Merrill Sherman
Curt Spalding
James F. Twaddell
Ranne Warner
Sandra Whitehouse
Frederick C. Williamson
W. Edward Wood

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Scott Wolf

Executive Director

Sheila Brush

Director of Programs

John Flaherty

Director of Research & Communications

Lynn Burns

Office Manager / Executive Assistant

Dorothy Dauray

Office Assistant

Linsey Cameron

Research Assistant

Dear John,

You're among the 2,063 opinion 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.

  • Grow Smart Releases Candidates' Briefing Book
  • Grow Smart this week mailed more than 500 copies of a smart growth issues briefing book to candidates for General Assembly and municipal offices. The book contains over 50 policy recommendations that aim to protect Rhode Island's unique character while providing a brighter economic future for generations to come.

    Entitled "A Strategy for Saving Rhode Island From Sprawl and Urban Decay", the book is comprised of twelve issue briefs plus a guide to local policy reforms for achieving smart growth. It is a non-partisan effort to influence the thinking and platforms of candidates for public office while also increasing awareness among citizens about Rhode Island's critical growth and economic challenges.

    Among the topics are:

    Economic Development

  • Grow Smart Open House set for Thursday, October 21
  • Grow Smart is celebrating its recent move by hosting an open house on Thursday, October 21st (4:30p - 6:30p). Friends and visitors are welcome to stop in for refreshments and good conversation. Feel free to bring a guest.

    Visitor parking is available in the lot adjacent to our building at 235 Promenade Street in the Foundry. Grow Smart is located in suite 550.

    Please R.S.V.P. by "replying" to this email, or call Dorothy Dauray at 273-5711, Extension 7.

  • Open Space, Recreation & Clean Water advocates kick off campaign for bond
  • Advocates for Bond Question #8 will rally at Colt State Park in Bristol on Thursday, October 21st at 10:00 am. Grow Smart Executive Director Scott Wolf will serve as Master of Ceremonies and will discuss the results of a recent poll.

    Former Governor J. Joseph Garrahy and Mrs. Virginia Chafee, Co-Chairs of the Open Space, Recreation, Bay and Watershed Protection Bond Campaign Steering Committee will speak about the importance of this bond question.

    The presentation will take place near the Picnic Shelter in the Bristol Municipal Park section of Colt State Park. The park is located off Route 114 in Bristol.

    Read a description of the Bond (pdf)

  • Over 100 historic sites open FREE this Sunday
  • More than 100 museums, cultural art centers and historic sites throughout Rhode Island will open their doors for free this Sunday, October 24th as part of a statewide "Save Our Heritage" promotion.

    The purpose of the Statewide Open House is to showcase Rhode Island's remarkable historic places and to inform voters about historic preservation bond issues on the November ballot. Click HERE for a list of participating sites by city and town.

  • Welcome new Yellow Pages listers
  • NBC 10 - WJAR

    Land Use Atty. Christine Engustian
    Sovereign Bank
    Green Concepts, Inc. Landscaping
    Trion Communications
    Alliance Environmental Group, Inc.
    Ransom Environmental Consultants

    Check out the Yellow Pages

    The fee for a one-year listing is $175, and the online process can be completed in as little as 3 minutes. Registrants can pay by check or pay instantly online through Paypal, a secure internet payment service. Click HERE to learn more.

  • August/September Community Housing Workshops Follow-Up
  • The Model Affordable Housing Plan (pdf) and the Planning Guidance memo (pdf) presented at the August 24th, 25th, and September 1st workshops are now available on the Rhode Island Statewide Planning Program website. All power point presentations, handout materials and answers to questions turned in at the workshops will be available shortly on the RI Housing website at the Research, Reports and Links Page.

  • Wednesday, October 20 (5:30p-7:30p)

    Featured Panelist: Dolores Hayden, Professor of Architecture & Urbanism, and American Studies, Yale University; author of Building Suburbia: Green Fields and Urban Growth, 1820-2000 and A Field Guide to Sprawl.
    Sponsored by the RI Council for the Humanities
    Providence, RI

    Thursday, October 21

    EFNE provides a unique "place and space" environment for a vibrant community of Entrepreneurs, Investors, and Business practitioners. Through a combination of highly focused events and Guild membership, entrepreneurs connect, interact, and share successes among their peers.
    Providence, RI

    Friday, October 29 (8:30a - 12:30p)

    This is an outstanding opportunity for land trusts to educate key landowners in your community about the tax and estate benefits that land protection can provide to them and their families. This workshop, part of the National Land Trust Rally being held in Providence, is free due to the generous support from the Champlin Foundations.
    Providence, RI

    Friday, November 12

    EPA is accepting proposals for brownfields assessment, revolving loan fund and cleanup grants. These grants are part of the Small Business Liability Relief and Brownfields Revitalization Act to help states and communities around the country clean up and revitalize Brownfield sites.

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