|Legislator Calls Quonset's
State Rep. Raymond Church (D- North Smithfield, Burrillville) who recently toured the Quonset Business Park with QDC COO Steven J. King, says he was "impressed" and "delighted" with the progress at the park.
Rep. Church noted in a statement that while Quonset may be distant from his Blackstone Valley district, the Business Park is proving itself a valuable economic engine for the entire state.
"There are nearly 160 businesses there now, and they're all helping to pump goods and services into our state's economy and contributing through taxes and the employment of about 8,200 people. Quonset is definitely an outstanding part of our state's economy," said Rep. Church, a member of the influential House Finance Committee.
|Gateway Developers Support
Seabee Museum and Memorial Park
$70,000 Contribution to Preserve Quonset's History
Seabee Museum and Memorial Park President-Elect Nicholas Fisch,
Rep. Laurence Ehrhardt and Rep. Kenneth Carter announce
plans for the new museum.
Efforts by the Seabee Museum and Memorial Park to build a modern attraction at the Quonset Gateway just got a big boost. The Seabees announced that the Gateway Developers, New Boston Development Partners will provide $70,000 toward the project; $20,000 in landscape and site work, and $50,000 in the form of a challenge matching grant. The museum will be built on 6 ½ acres at the Gateway to the Quonset Business Park and will be connected to the 72 acre mixed-use Gateway through a series of pedestrian walkways and landscaping.
The former Davisville Base at Quonset Point was the birthplace of the Seabee Construction Battalion and already houses, seven vintage Quonset huts, the Seabee Chapel in the Pines, a small museum and the large fighting Seabee statue. The Seabee Museum and Memorial Park hopes to raise $250,000 for the new museum which will house exhibits, historical documents, vintage memorabilia and photos.
To learn more please visit the Seabee website. Also, read the Providence Journal story and see WJAR coverage of the news conference here.
In Memoriam: Paul Sams
It is with deep sadness that Quonset Development Corporation notes the passing of QDC Vice Chairman Paul Sams. Sams served on the Quonset Board since 2005. His valuable insight, thoughtful contribution and unwavering dedication served the citizens of Rhode Island well in creating and developing the Business Park, and beyond.
"Paul Sams was a true gentleman and a great Rhode Islander. He served the state and his community with tremendous wit and wisdom. We are grateful for his valuable contribution as a board member of the Quonset Development Corporation. I know he was proud of the progress being made at Quonset and he will be missed by all of us," said Saul Kaplan Director of RI Economic Development Corporation and Chairman of the QDC Board.
"We all extend our sympathies to Paul's wife, Mary and his family," Kaplan added.