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Saturday, December 01, 2012


Governor Lincoln Chafee on Friday announced that over next two years, the state will develop detailed strategies to mobilize state and community assets in a coordinated way through the creation of a statewide plan for sustainable development that integrates economic development, land use, housing, and transportation.

The Rhode Island Division of Planning issued the request for proposal (RFP) as part of a $2.3 million initiative funded in large part by a grant from the Federal Partnership for Sustainable Communities. The Rhode Island Economic Development Corporation, the Rhode Island Departments of Environmental Management and Transportation, and fifteen other state, municipal, and non-profit partners join the Division of Planning in leading this effort to develop comprehensive action steps for the state.

“The surest way for Rhode Island to achieve a prosperous future is through capitalizing on our considerable existing assets,” Governor Chafee said. “Through a proactive, strategic, and thorough planning process, we have an opportunity to identify a pathway to a better Rhode Island with improved quality of life for the people of our state.”

1. Economic Development: Create a unified economic development strategy for the state that integrates business growth with land use and transportation choices.

2. Housing: Create a single state housing plan that consolidates existing plans and encompasses all housing needs, particularly those of working families.

3. Growth Centers: Promote growth where the state’s infrastructure can best support it by mapping natural, cultural, and economic assets to guide the best use of limited resources.

4. Social Equity and Public Participation: Ensure that the outcomes of the plans are equitable for all Rhode Islanders by engaging a broad range of the state’s population in their development.

5. Technical Assistance and Capacity Building: Build the skills, abilities, and resources of state agencies, municipalities, and community partners to speed implementation of the plans’ recommendations.

6. Implementation: Develop detailed implementation plans, including performance measures and indicators, to ensure that the goals and strategies of the project are realized.

The work will incorporate the economic data analysis on the state’s regional performance and strengths and weaknesses announced by the Governor on November 9, 2012. The state will use the data and information compiled to develop short- and long-term economic development strategies for the state that are tied to those for housing and growth.

“The economic data analysis will feed directly into our efforts to develop a comprehensive, long-term strategy that integrates economic development, land use, housing, environmental issues, and transportation,” said Kevin Flynn, Director of the Division of Planning. “We have an opportunity to take a new approach that unites the efforts of multiple state agencies and community partners in order to create a stronger more equitable Rhode Island.”

The RFP is available from the Rhode Island Division of Purchases; the deadline for submittals is January 3, 2013 at 2:00 p.m., and a pre-bid meeting will be held on December 12, 2012 at 10:00 a.m. at the Department of Administration. The state expects to select a consultant team and begin work on the project in spring 2013 with completion expected in 2014. For more information on the RFP, contact Melanie Army, Principal Planner, Division of Planning (401-222-6183 or [email protected]).


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Not a word about the back breaking tax burden faced by state residents. Thats no a huge component around here?

Comment #1 by David Beagle on 2012 12 01

The only thing I see with all of this wording is a $2.3 Million give-away for these agencies to keep twiddling their thumbs and scratching their heads. Nothing is mentioned about cutting taxes to spur economic development which is what is really needed. Government in Rhode Island is bloaded with run-away spending, heavily in debt with no plan to address it. What is clearly stated in this article is there are too many state and local agencies in government that is sucking the life out of this economy. You will never hear any proposal to downsize government. That is what is needed to get an economy growing - lower taxes, less spending, smaller and leaner government. These “leaders” are protecting the bureaucrats that are running this state into the ground. Chafee is a liberal progressive hell bent on higher taxes to feed this spending machine while he is still in office. We don’t need more studies and strategies - we need action!

Comment #2 by Lance Chappell on 2012 12 01

so we spend 2 years studying the issue and develop a plan.

in 2 years , the next governor takes the plan and tosses it in the trash can with the carcieri big audit, 38 studios plan, greenhouse compact-remember that- , etc

best for the state to just get out of the way and let business be business..

Comment #3 by jon paycheck on 2012 12 01

Just curious as to who he will work with, to develop these plans.
Maybe the same group of idiots who've been in power for decades, and are the reason we're in this situation in the first place.

RI is the smallest state in the country.
There is no reason in the world, that RI shouldn't be the top in every economic catagory.
Can you imagine if we had these same bumbling idiots running a "real size" state?

Comment #4 by pearl fanch on 2012 12 01

sounds like more bs,cut taxes and go look for some companies to move to RI, ITS NOT ROCKET SCIENCE!

Comment #5 by anthony sionni on 2012 12 01

Strategies don't work action works, stop the freebees around here no more entitlement programs. Start holding people accountable for their mistakes and for God sake why do we keep electing the same incompetent people who got us into this mess and continually fail to find us a way out. Lets check their records and get the freeloaders out of office.

Comment #6 by michael imondi on 2012 12 03

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