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2016 Green Economy Bond

Grow Smart RI is committed to strengthening Rhode Island’s economy in a sustainable and equitable way.

We promote such growth by advocating for best practices in compact mixed use development and redevelopment in revitalized urban, town and village centers, investments in multimodal transportation infrastructure and responsible stewardship of our natural resources, including our farmland, forests, coastline and the Bay.

That’s why we support bringing the $35M Green Economy Bond before the state’s voters on November 8, 2016.  We encourage the General Assembly to approve the bond question in its entirety of all seven (7) components which we believe are smart investments in Rhode Island’s future.

We’re particularly enthusiastic about the proposals to:

  • Invest $10 million in the State Bikeway Development Program to advance completion of Rhode Island’s popular, but disconnected network of bikepaths,
  • Invest $5 million in Brownfield Remediation and Economic Development to continue the state’s success incentivizing the redevelopment and productive reuse of polluted sites, and
  • Invest $4 million in the State Land Acquisition Program which leverages significant private resources to preserve farmland and open space, both of which contribute to Rhode Island’s unique and valuable urban/rural balance.

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