Grow Smart Rhode Island
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News and Tools for People Shaping Our Communities September 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

Dorothy Dauray

Office Assistant

Linsey Cameron

Research Assistant

Dear John,

You're among the 2,049 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 is on the Move
  • New contact information:

    Grow Smart Rhode Island
    235 Promenade Street, Suite 550
    Providence, RI 02908
    Tel: 401.273-5711

    Beginning September 23rd, Grow Smart is proud to be taking up residence at The Foundry, 235 Promenade Street, Providence. Grow Smart is required to move since its current space on South Main Street will no longer be available. According to Executive Director Scott Wolf, "We're pleased to have found a new home that truly reflects the success of the smart growth movement in Rhode Island." The Foundry office complex is now 99% occupied.

    Grow Smart is grateful to Foundry partners Tony Thomas and Tom Guerra for their efforts on behalf of Grow Smart.

  • Online Smart Growth business directory launched
  • Looking to connect with public or private partners to capitalize on smart growth development opportunities? Grow Smart has launched the Smart Growth Pages, a fully-automated online resource directory. The purpose is to foster a more organized network of development professionals, community leaders, government officials and citizens to capitalize on a movement that has become a major influence in Rhode Island's economic development strategy.

    Among the early bird registrants are:

    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 instantly online through Paypal, a secure internet payment service. Click HERE to learn more.

  • Grow Smart supports Open Space, Clean Water Bond
  • Rhode Islanders have an excellent opportunity to make an investment in protecting our environment for future generations by voting YES on Question 8, the Open Space, Recreation, Bay and Watershed Protection Bond. Funds from the 2000 Open Space and Recreation and Clean Water Bonds have almost run out. But needs for open space, water protection and recreation space are increasing. Urban population growth and continued expansion into rural areas are causing pressure on three key elements of our quality of life: Open space, Water quality and Recreation resources.

    This bond would provide $70 million, which would leverage private donations and federal grants to provide over $165 million for preserving open space, farms, forests and recreation lands; building state and local recreation facilities; and protecting and restoring the watersheds of Narragansett Bay, its tributaries and drinking water resources.

    Read a description of the Bond (pdf)

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  • Housing & Conservation Trust Study Commission begins work
  • The 13 members of the Rhode Island Housing & Conservation Trust Study Commission, which was established by the 2004 Rhode Island Housing Act, held their organizational meeting on August 23rd and elected Grow Smart's Executive Director Scott Wolf as Chair. The Housing Act charges the commission with:

    1. Studying the potential contribution of community land trust mechanisms to the development of low and moderate income housing and evaluating appropriate organizational structures and financing mechanisms for such land trusts in Rhode Island
    2. Assessing the potential and viability of the Rhode Island Housing and Conservation Trust Fund
    3. Reporting its findings and recommendations to the Governor, the Speaker of the House and the Senate President by February 1, 2005

    All Commission meetings and subcommittee meetings are open to the public. Meeting dates will soon be posted on the Grow Smart website under "calendar" and will also be listed on the Secretary of State's website beginning in the late fall. If you would like to receive meeting notices and minutes by email, contact Jennifer Holske.

  • Thursday, September 30 (8:30a - 12noon)

    This annual event is open to participants interested in rural issues at no cost. This year's forum highlights the RIRDC collaborations on many important educational initiatives and housing issues. And, as always, this is a forum that encourages an open dialogue among participants on rural issues.
    Kingston, RI
    Invitation (pdf)
    Agenda (pdf)

    Thursday, October 14

    Deadline to register for Leadership Blackstone Valley 2004-2005 class. Leadership Blackstone Valley is an intensive, hands-on program to cultivate emerging community leaders in the Blackstone River Valley towns of Massachusetts and Rhode Island. There will be one class for 2004-2005. The schedule will run on the second Thursday of the month, October to May, from 8:30 am to 5:00 pm.
    Various Blackstone Valley Locations (RI/MA)

    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.

  • Grow Smart outlines position on proposed RIPTA cuts
  • In a recent letter to RIPTA General Manager Alfred J. Moscola, Grow Smart Executive Director Scott Wolf cited Grow Smart's "...deep concern about the social, environmental and economic consequences of the recently proposed cutbacks in RIPTA's service."

    Grow Smart is a strong advocate for a robust and efficient mass transit system in Rhode Island, believing that such a system is critical to expanding economic opportunity for residents of modest means, to assist in the revitalization of our urban neighborhoods and to reduce air and water pollution that results from excessively heavy use of single passenger automobile transportation.

    The latest round of proposed RIPTA cuts underscores the fact that Rhode Island's existing system for funding public transportation is broken and needs to be replaced, not just tinkered with in perpetual crisis management mode. That is why we also agree with our colleagues that the Transit Commission recently enacted by the General Assembly needs to be activated to find a long-term solution to RIPTA's budget challenges.

    Read Scott Wolf's 9/14 letter to RIPTA

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