Results represent most significant investments in smart growth and community revitalization since Grow Smart’s founding 16 years ago
Rhode Island voters last night approved the most significant set of investments in smart growth and community revitalization since Grow Smart RI was founded 16 years ago.
Scott Wolf, Grow Smart’s Executive Director, offered the following reaction to the election results:
“As a result of the passage of Questions 5, 6 and 7, the three bond issues we actively supported, Rhode Island will have more cleaned up sites in strategic urban locations ripe for economic development, more vibrant urban and town centers anchored by upgraded public historic buildings and cultural and artistic venues, a more robust and user friendly public transportation system, a stronger agricultural sector and increased construction and long term jobs.
We commend our fellow Rhode Islanders for recognizing that these investments will provide benefits far beyond their costs and make it easier for the state to retain and recruit a young, talented and mobile work force. If we can continue to pursue this kind of asset based economic development strategy under Governor-Elect Raimondo, we at Grow Smart RI are confident that RI’s best days will still be ahead of us.”
Creative and Cultural Economy Bond ($35)
Includes $5 million dollars in renewed funding for the State Historic Preservation Grant Program. This program provides funding to rehabilitate historic public buildings such as museums and town halls that are not eligible for the State Historic Tax Credit. Bond also provides funding for physical improvements to arts and cultural facilities throughout the state.
$35M bond would help to fund enhancements and renovations to mass transit hub infrastructure in Rhode Island improving access to job centers with greater efficiency and convenience. Project would improve the rider experience, accommodate RIPTA’s growing ridership, better integrate bus service with MBTA commuter and Amtrak interstate rail service.
Clean Water, Open Space and Healthy Communities Proposal ($53M)
Bond proposal includes $5M for brownfield remediation and economic development $3,000,000 for acquisition of farmland and farmland development rights, as well as significant funding for upgrading clean water infrastructure, recreational facilities, flood prevention and Roger Williams Park/Zoo.