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An Economic Development Plan by Rhode Islanders For Rhode Islanders

As a member of the RhodeMap RI Consortium that contributed to the development of the draft economic development plan, Grow Smart presents its perspective through this resource page.  The opinions expressed here are our own.

Watch 1.22.15 interview with Scott Wolf about RhodeMap RI on State of the State

Scott Wolf doesn’t mince words in defending the principles in the controversial RhodeMap RI state economic development plan (especially beginning at minute marker 15:15)

1-22-2015 RhodeMap RI: A Proponent’s Update from John Carlevale on Vimeo.

Watch 12.5.14 debate about RhodeMap RI with Scott Wolf and Mike Stenhouse

It’s been clear for some time that Rhode Island is sorely in need of a comprehensive economic development plan – one that better capitalizes on our existing business strengths and physical assets and that reflects the priorities of  the people of Rhode Island.  The State Planning Council is tentatively scheduled to vote on adopting the plan Thursday, December 11, 2014.

This plan is about:

  1. Substantially improving RI’s business climate and better capitalizing on our many existing strengths and competitive advantages
  2. Preparing our workforce to compete and win in a 21st century economy
  3. Ensuring that we have the infrastructure, neighborhoods and specific development sites to retain and attract high performing businesses and workers

The draft Economic Development Plan now under consideration fulfills the General Assembly’s 2013 legislative mandate to Commerce RI (formerly the RI Economic Development Corporation) and the RI Division of Planning to produce a strategic economic development plan for the State of Rhode Island.  Developed over the last 18 months with input from more than 1,000 people, the plan analyzes economic conditions and population trends, presents a vision for Rhode Island’s future, establishes six broad goals and presents policies and strategies to achieve those goals. Many of the recommended policies and strategies were derived directly from a series of forums for business leaders hosted by Commerce RI and the Rhode Island Foundation.  The forums collected input from 200 business leaders, and more than two thirds of the recommendations that came out of those meetings are embedded in the plan.

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