One of the people putting together a new economic strategy for Rhode Island says the plan will include specific, actionable recommendations. The study is expected to be completed by December or January.
The Brookings Institution’s Metropolitan Policy Program is collaborating with the state to devise a strategy for growing jobs. Private funding is paying for the effort. Brookings’ Senior Fellow Mark Muro said the economic strategy will include both long-term and short-term components.
“Some of this is going to be about mobilizing the state and meanwhile sending signals to the rest of the world that the state has a strategy, that it is focused on growth and that it is executing in a clear way,” said Muro.
Among other issues, the strategy will look at what is the highest and best use for the former I-195 land said Muro.
“We will be looking at any and all possible uses of that land, asking the question, what’s the best use of these parcels? So we’ll let the chips fall where they may on that topic.”
The Pawtucket Red Sox have proposed using a bit less than half of 20 developable acres in the former I-195 land for a new ballpark. Supporters say a stadium could stimulate downtown, but critics say there are other, more productive uses for the land.
Muro says the Rhode Island effort will include public meetings. The study is expected to be completed by December or January.
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