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Grow Smart outlines state and local policies for building a stronger, more vibrant RI

Briefing Book includes recommendations, resources for candidates and voters Download Briefing Book October 13, 2016 – Hot off the e-press, our 2016 Briefing Book for Candidates and Voters is now on the street.   In it we assert that Rhode Island is on a comeback path due in large part to key investments in smart and sustainable economic development recently embraced by voters […]

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2015 Legislative Wrap Up

Following the November 2014 statewide referenda in which Rhode Island voters approved the most sweeping package of investments in smart growth and community revitalization since Grow Smart’s founding, the 2015 General Assembly continued the momentum.  By enacting a number of promising new initiatives – including Governor Raimondo’s bold economic comeback agenda – and staving off radical […]

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U.S. business trend toward walkable downtowns aligns with RI economic development strategies

Attracting talent, fostering creativity, and building brand among factors favoring downtowns outlined in new national survey WASHINGTON, DC – (June 18, 2015) Hundreds of American companies see unique competitive advantages to being located in a walkable downtown neighborhood. These locations are helping companies attract and retain talented workers, build their brand and corporate identity, support […]

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Initial reaction to Governor’s budget proposal

Grow Smart applauds Governor’s focus on playing to, investing in Rhode Island’s strengths Very preliminary review suggests that the Governor’s proposed budget would move Rhode Island toward more enduring economic growth and an enhanced quality of life While there’s plenty of details to scour, Grow Smart’s initial review finds several reasons to be hopeful that […]

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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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An economic development call to action

RIPEC’s report on structural reform of our economic development delivery system offers some suggestions worthy of consideration.  However, with Rhode Island’s unemployment rate still among the nation’s highest, we cannot let the report become a rationale for further delay in implementing an asset based economic development strategy. Targeted investments in our state’s assets are urgently […]

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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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Grow Smart to present proposal for investing in economic revitalization at Thursday conference of city and town leaders

Innovative approach would help cash-strapped municipalities advance economic growth January 23, 2012 – Providence, RI – Emphasizing the statewide economic importance of vibrant and healthy downtowns and Main Street districts with diverse and profitable small businesses, Grow Smart Rhode Island will present the details of an economic development incentive proposal to city and town officials […]

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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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