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Historic Tax Credit back to work for RI; advances for agricultural vitality; Transit funding reform left at the altar… again

Grow Smart RI is very pleased that the General Assembly recognized the value of investing in our incredible collection of historic buildings and neighborhoods by restoring in modified form the State Historic Tax Credit. We also applaud the General Assembly for supporting the Governor’s budget provision that provided some initial funding for technical assistance to […]

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Grow Smart offers candidates set of policy reforms to jumpstart economy, capitalize on place-based assets

21-page Briefing Book ties together economic development and job creation, tax-dollar efficiencies and strong, vibrant and healthy communities For Immediate Release Contact: Scott Wolf, Executive Director – 401.273.5711, Ext. 4 – swolf@growsmartri.org John Flaherty, Director of Research & Communications – 401.273.5711, Ext. 5 – jflaherty@growsmartri.org Download Briefing Book – For best results printing, please download the […]

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2012 Leg Wrap

The 2012 Rhode Island General Assembly adjourned at 3:30 a.m. on Wednesday, June 13, 2012. While there were some modest wins for those who support a bold vision for advancing a sound and meaningful prosperity agenda, the session can largely be characterized as a missed opportunity to capitalize on our many assets. Here is a […]

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Legislative Update: Act Now on Bond to Boost Economy and Environment

We encourage you to voice your support for having the General Assembly place the proposed Local Farms, Open Space, & Recreation bond issue on the November ballot. We at Grow Smart believe that this bond issue would be an important investment in our future economic, environmental and social well being – a means of protecting […]

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Locavore bread lovers rejoice!

Photo (cc) Sifu Renka When you think breadbasket, you don’t usually think Rhode Island. The Farm Fresh Local Grain Initiative aims to change that with the first loaves of bread completely made, from seed to plate, in Rhode Island. THIS IS NO ORDINARY BREAD: from rye seed to rye flour to rye bread, it’s the […]

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Rhode Island Agricultural Partnership

Old Sawmill Farm, Coventry, RI. Photo (cc) daawn. Providence Business News has a story today about the Rhode Island Agricultural Partnership, a group formed to craft a 5-year strategic plan for the state’s agricultural sector. “This strategic plan will be the first of its kind because it will be written for Rhode Island farmers, not […]

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Workshop proposals, sponsorship deadlines fast approaching for May 14th ‘Power of Place Summit’

Partners, stakeholder groups encouraged to propose and help facilitate a range of workshop topics for advancing the transformation of Rhode Island’s economy Believing intently that Rhode Island has all the ingredients to transform itself into an economic and cultural leader, Grow Smart will convene the 3rd Biennial Power of Place Summit on Friday, May 14, […]

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Rhode Island’s Ag sector grows: Continued federal incentives announced

Total number of farms, working land and value of production up significantly With the new growing season under way, Rhode Island farmers and consumers are celebrating the first crops of the year and the opening of farmers’ markets around the state, and have also received two welcome pieces of news from the U.S. Department of […]

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