Meet the Grow Smart Board of Directors
Michael F. Ryan
Chairman of the Board
S. James Busam
Robert L. Corothers
Stephen J. Farrell
Thomas E. Freeman
J. Joseph Garrahy
John R. Gowell, Jr.
Michael S. Hudner
Stanley J. Kanter
Howard M. Kilguss
Thomas A. Lawson
Rev. James C. Miller
B. Michael Rauh, Jr.
James F. Twaddell
Frederick C. Williamson
W. Edward Wood
Board Listing with Affiliation
The Advisory Council
Grow Smart's Advisory Council has played a major role in building cohesive private/public partnerships for specific smart growth efforts. The Council meets approximately six times a year and helps the Grow Smart staff and Board research key issues and develop policy proposals and initiatives. It includes representatives from federal, state and municipal governments, corporations, community development groups and the environmental, historic preservation, higher education and planning communities.
Advisory Council Listing
Welcome to the September issue of "Smart Growth e-
Briefs", a monthly update of the latest happenings in
the smart growth movement.
Grow Smart Rhode Island is a statewide public interest
group representing a broad coalition of partners fighting
sprawl and promoting innovative policies and programs
to revitalize city and town centers, preserve cultural
and natural resources and expand economic opportunity
throughout Rhode Island.
|Study Links Sprawl with Obesity, Chronic Disease|
| ||A new study examing the impact of sprawling
development on health is the first national report to
find a clear association between where people live and
their weight, activity levels and likelihood of suffering
In Rhode Island, Washington County was found to have
the highest degree of sprawl and resulting health risks
among the four RI counties analyzed while Providence
County was the most compact, according to the
research which was based on health data collected
from more than 200,000 residents of 448 counties in
major metropolitan areas across the U.S.
Grow Smart reaffirms its position that Rhode Island
needs to develop public policies that make it more feasible for developers to invest in traditional neighborhoods where people can walk to nearby stores, services, recreation
facilities and jobs. It's one of the reasons why Grow
Smart strongly supports the policy initiative of
Growth Centers, a concept in which municipalities designate
parts of their communities for traditional compact,
mixed-use development that is encouraged through
targeted allocation of state resources.
View the Full Report
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What passed and what didn't in the 2003 legislative
session? Grow Smart has compiled an inventory
showing the fate of several bills that have implications
for the smart growth movement in Rhode Island.
Although not a complete tracking of every such bill, these links provide an overview of major smart growth legislative initiatives in the following categories:
Open Space Protection
|Smart Growth to be Topic at Leadership B.V.|
| ||Grow Smart staffers Sheila Brush and John Flaherty will
lead a smart growth workshop as part of the 2003-
2004 curriculum of Leadership Blackstone Valley (LBV).
LBV is an intensive, hands-on program to cultivate a
network of emerging community leaders that can be a
voice in advocating for the Blackstone River Valley
towns of Rhode Island and Massachusetts.|
The eight-week program beginning October 9 is a
collaborative initiative between the John H. Chafee
Blackstone River Valley National Heritage Corridor
Commission, The Blackstone Valley Chamber of
Commerce and the Northern Rhode Island Chamber of
About Leadership Blackstone Valley
|Local Milk Campaign Aims to Save R.I. Farmland|
| ||In 1977, Rhode Island boasted 102 diary farms. Today
they number just 22 with many of the closed farms
permantly lost to development and sprawling sub-
In an effort to reverse the trend, a group of local
farmers have formed the Rhode Island Dairy Farm Co-op
and are working to market and sell a local brand of milk
called Proud Cow. The initiative got its start with a
$20,000 farm viability grant through the State Division
Read the Article in Providence Business News
|Land-Use Planning Images Available|
| || Need an image of mixed-use developments, traffic
calming devices, new urban development, revitalization,
suburbs and sprawl or examples of smart growth
The Pedestrian and Bicycycle Information Center (PBIC)
and Smart Growth America offer on-line image libraries.
Use of the images is FREE for non-commercial
purposes. Just review their usage guidelines first.
Grow Smart Rhode Island will soon be assembling a set
of local images for similar use through our website.
PBIC Image Library
Smart Growth America Image Library
|Upcoming Conferences of Interest|
September 8, 7:00p-9:00p (Free)
Smart Growth Talk in Pawtucket
Sponsored by the Pawtucket Public Library
September 9, 9:00a-3:45p
(reg. deadline 9/2)
Creating & Preserving Affordable Housing
Sponsored by the New England Housing Network
Security, Sustainability & Spirituality
Sponsored by the Apeiron Institute
Density: Myth & Reality
Sponsored by Boston Society of Architects / AIA
The Entrepreneurship Festival of New England
Presented by New Commons
4th Annual Regional Sustainable Development Forum
Presented by New Ecology, Inc.
1st Annual RI Rural Policy Forum 2003
Sponsored by The Rhode Island Rural Development Council
Municipal Planners: Don't forget the September 5th deadline to sign up your community for
Listen While You Work|
Smart City is a weekly, hour-long public radio talk
show that takes an in-depth look at the people, places,
ideas and trends shaping the places where we live and
work. Host Carol Coletta talks with national and
international public policy experts, elected officials,
economists, business leaders, artists, developers,
planners and others for a penetrating discussion of
urban and rural issues. Although not currently available on local public radio stations, you can "listen live" on Saturdays and Sundays through the Smart City website.
Community Development in Rural America - 8/23/2003
A Broad Look at the Future of Cities - 8/2/2003
Citizen Decision Makers - 7/26/2003
New Ideas for Managing Growth - 7/19/2003
Confused about Smart Growth?|
You're not alone. An increasing number of organizations and political leaders have decided that it's "smart" to be for smart growth. That's why the term smart growth is being used to describe any number of seemingly competing interests. Nationally, Smart Growth America has taken the lead in attempting to define genuine smart growth by pinpointing the issues and policies that affect how we use land to balance life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness for all.
What is Smart Growth?
How is Smart Growth Achieved?
Who Endorses Smart Growth Nationally?
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