In late 2007, the East Greenwich Planning Board solicited volunteers from the community to sit on a short-term action committee, the Strategic Downtown Planning Initiative. The Strategic Downtown Planning Initiative was comprised of three committees: Environmental Issues, Content of the Area, and Circulation. After these three committees presented their findings to the Planning Board in early 2008, some of the committee members were interested in continuing longer-term efforts, and subsequently formed the East Greenwich Downtown Planning Initiative (EGDPI), an official committee of the Town.
The EGDPI set forth to implement of some the ideas proposed by the Strategic Downtown Planning Initiative. One of these ideas, the East Greenwich Farmers’ Market (eastgreenwichfarmersmarket.com), was put into place just a few months later, in the fall of 2008. The success of this market start-up illustrated the potential impact and benefits of the EGDPI. Following the Farmers’ Market, the EGDPI successfully implemented a number of projects and events, such as:
In the summer of 2011, the EGDPI voted to become a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, in order to further establish its presence within the community, and to encourage tax-deductible sponsorships for its events. We are now a fully-certified 501(c)(3) organization.