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Annual Event Celebrates Leaders, Projects, Plans, and Policies Shaping a Stronger Rhode Island 

May 12, 2015 (Providence, RI)
—The 2015 Smart Growth Awards, now in its fourth year, takes place on Thursday, May 21 in Downtown Providence. The awards ceremony kicks off at 5:30PM at The Ballroom at The Providence G—located at 100 Weybosset Street, followed by a special cocktail reception at The Arcade—located at 65 Weybosset Street.

The 2015 Rhode Island Smart Growth Awards, organized by Grow Smart RI, is an event that is made possible with support from Bank of America andHDR. 

Space is limited, and tickets are $60. Register today at

At the event, Oregon Congressman Earl Blumenauer—the chief spokesperson for smart growth and vibrant communities in Congress—will deliver a keynote. Congressman Blumenauer has traveled the country for more than a decade observing and promoting smart growth best practices.

Established in 1998, Grow Smart RI has become the leading advocate for sustainable economic growth, revitalization, and improved quality of place in the Ocean State's urban, suburban, and rural communities. 

The award-winning organization's executive director, Scott Wolf, stated, “Each year, passionate, creative, and resourceful Rhode Islanders show us the way to tap our state's full potential through projects, plans, and policies that play to Rhode Island's strengths, generate enduring economic benefits, both statewide and in specific neighborhoods.” 

The 2015 Smart Growth Awards will recognize three inspiring leaders, four transformative smart growth projects, and two visionary sets of policies to encourage smart growth and address barriers to downtown development. A special Founders' Leadership Award will also be presented.

This year's award recipients are:

Outstanding Smart Growth Leaders
•       Mayor Scott Avedisian
•       The Pawtucket Foundation

Founders' Leadership Award
•       Sheila Deming Brush

Outstanding Smart Growth Projects
•       Hope & Main
•       The Design Exchange
•       North Cove Residential Neighborhood
•       Center for Physician Assistant Studies at JWU

Outstanding Smart Growth Policies/Plans

•       Scott Millar/RIDEM
•       City of Providence Zoning Ordinance

(release from Jai Communications Group)