Biennial Summit will bring together change agents committed to shaping a stronger, more vibrant and resilient Rhode Island
In the two years since our last Power of Place Summit, Rhode Island has experienced some very positive developments. Our economy is stronger, cranes are once again on the downtown skyline, our quality of place is the subject of numerous magazine articles and new companies and industries are choosing our state as a place to locate, create jobs and grow.
Rhode Island’s federal, state, and local elected leaders, along with Grow Smart RI and many other private and public sector community stakeholders, have all played a role in shaping a quality of place that’s attracting people and business. But, while the revitalization momentum of our Capital City is impressive, we must redouble our efforts to help create the conditions for accelerating the revitalization of our other urban and town centers from Woonsocket to Westerly.
That’s why we invite you to join with 500 business, civic and elected leaders, development and real estate professionals, architects, builders, farmers, conservationists, and policy experts from across the region to learn from one another about what’s working when it comes to shaping places where people and business can thrive.
Who should attend?
- Community change agents and citizen planners
- Members of neighborhood associations
- Developers and builders
- Elected representatives
- Development practitioners, architects, engineers, planners
- Members of municipal boards and commisisons
- State and local officials
- Finance, lending and real estate professionals
- Nonprofit organizations
- Preservation, environmental and conservation activists
- Public heath advocates
I may still attend this years PoP despite the date. However, I’m curious if the summit team looks into their speakers. Isn’t Robert Yaro the guy who kept pressing the feds to build a new NE Corridor via Springfield and Worcester? Didn’t Yaro claim that Providence and all of RI was “second in importance” to Springfield and Worcester? And ultimately. Now that Massachusetts gave him the brush off – are we getting rotten goods? Sorta like 38 Studios? Why does this guy have such a beef with the existing NE Corridor? Does he have RI or Connecticut shoreline property? Is “Rebooting New England” just NIMBYism disguised as Smart Growth?
Bob Yaro lives in Guilford, Connecticut. His sprawling estate is right along the NEC. Yaro has been proposing Inland NEC concepts for decades. The local Connecticut NEC NIMBY group is SECoast. They promote any Inland NEC proposal that bypasses the RI + CT Shoreline and blast any reinforcement or improvement of the existing NEC Shoreline route.