The Grow Smart RI Land Use Training Collaborative is an alliance of agencies and organizations that share a commitment to the principles of smart growth and sustainable community development. The Collaborative’s partners believe that the work done today by municipal councils, boards, commissions and staff and by Rhode Island’s professional planners, designers and developers will largely determine Rhode Island’s future quality of life and economic progress. The Land Use Training Collaborative supports community planning by developing and delivering cost-effective training that enable participants to build planning and decision-making capacity and to learn about innovative planning, design and financing strategies. By partnering together, Collaborative partners maximize their collective resources and bring a range of outlooks and expertise to workshop development, thereby ensuring that the programs present a balanced, comprehensive approach to land use issues. From its beginning in late 2001 through 2011, the Land Use Training Collaborative developed and delivered more than 30 different workshops to more than 2,600 attendees. The Collaborative charges modest registration fees in order to make its programs affordable. The partners keep costs down by contributing staff time to program development and delivery, and experienced professionals in various fields volunteer their time as workshop presenters. Program costs are covered largely by grants from state government, foundations and corporations. For information about the Grow Smart RI Land Use Training Collaborative, please contact the Grow Smart RI Land Use Training Manager at (401) 273-5711 x6. View a list of workshops we have offered in the past.