Grow Smart RI chief heading to the White House
Scott Wolf, one-time congressional candidate and the executive director of Grow Smart Rhode Island, plans to visit the White House tomorrow, his organization says:
Grow Smart Executive Director Scott Wolf will be meeting with President Barack Obama and White House staff tomorrow, November 1st. Wolf will be at the White House as part of a small delegation from Transportation for America, a national alliance of advocates and civic leaders promoting targeted investments in road and bridge repair and enhanced public transit. The President’s proposed Jobs Bill includes a number of such investments.
This meeting follows Grow Smart’s involvement in promoting these targeted investments alongside Rhode Island Senators Reed and Whitehouse at a September 28th media event drawing attention to the state’s infrastructure needs.
The President’s plan includes $60 billion in immediate investments in infrastructure projects such as roads, bridges and modernization of mass transit, and putting hundreds of thousands of construction workers back on the job. The bill would also create a $7 billion infrastructure bank to leverage private and public capital to fund a broad range of transportation projects.
For Rhode Island this would mean investments of at least $162.4 million in road and bridge repair and transit modernization that could support a minimum of 2,100 local jobs.
Grow Smart has been a leader in trying to preserve Rhode Island’s traditional character against sprawl and similar threats.