In This Issue, Radio Ads Tout Business Park Job Openings
Candidates for Governor "Impressed" by Quonset Progress
Okeanos, Mainsail Road Upgrades Proceed on Schedule
News About Quonset

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Tout Business Park Job Openings

Growth at Quonset Business Park continues to power ahead despite the regional economic head winds. The Park, where 8,800 people are working right now (about one in 50 of all Rhode Island jobs), has a dynamic list of new opportunities, and the Quonset Development Corporation has created a web link to make it easier for job seekers to find them. launched on Monday, April 19, has opportunities  for welders and fabricators at the Lightship Group, inventory managers at Hexagon Metrology, summer employees at Electric Boat, flight preparation technicians for Landmark Aviation, crew and staff for Rhode Island Fast Ferry, and many more. QDC is also sponsoring radio advertisements to help steer the largest possible number of qualified candidates to the web site.

Quonset has added 2,700 jobs since 2005, a number that is expected to grow with the $22.3 million federal stimulus TIGER grant recently awarded to Quonset.

"We are pleased to be able to offer this service to Quonset tenants, and all Rhode Islanders," said QDC Managing Director Steven J. King, P.E.

Candidates for Governor "Impressed"
by Quonset Progress

Here's what some of the candidates for governor said recently after taking the Quonset tour:

"I was impressed by what I saw on my tour of Quonset - it really is one of Rhode Island's unsung success stories. The marine industry at Senesco and EB, the high tech companies at Kiefer Park and the first-rate office space provides the kind of economic diversity that other states can only dream about. Other people are noticing too - in the last five years, private companies have invested almost $150 million at Quonset and brought in 2,700 new jobs."
-  Attorney General Patrick Lynch

"During my recent tour of the Quonset Business Park, I was energized by the level of activity and continued growth at the facility. With over 160 companies and 8,800 jobs, Quonset continues to be an important economic engine for Rhode Island's recovery."
-  General Treasurer Frank Caprio

"Last week, I had the opportunity to meet with and talk to the people that manage Quonset. The job they do is impressive. It's a shame that in the past Rhode Island government didn't have the necessary vision to think long term about how Rhode Island should grow and prosper. Selling off of the lots at Quonset in a haphazard way has limited today's choices.

Given the current situation, the people who run Quonset have made incredible progress and have created 2,700 new jobs there, in the past five years. When I am Governor, I will make sure that Quonset has the resources it needs to continue to encourage expansion and new development and to create more jobs for Rhode Islanders."

Ken Block, Moderate Party Candidate for Governor

We'll let you know what the other candidates say in next month's edition.

Okeanos Explorer Home Port, Mainsail Road
Upgrades Proceed on Schedule

Work at Davisville continues on the new home port facility of NOAA's Okeanos Explorer, one of the world's premier research vessels. The ship will have a new berth and its new research and office center at the Davisville piers. Sen. Jack Reed and the congressional delegation were instrumental in the decision by NOAA to home port the Okeanos at Davisville.

Visitors to the pier will see the structural work mostly completed. Concrete has been poured in the warehouse, electricity has been linked to the utility poles, masonry has begun on exterior walls and bids are coming in for security and telecom systems. A North Kingstown operator, Specialty Diving, won the contract for berthing requirements.

Closer to the entrance of the park is another important improvement that recently swung back into action after the winter shutdown period. Mainsail Road is being reconstructed near the entrance of Toray Plastics America. When completed, rehabilitation work will move to the section from Cripe to Callahan Street along the North Kingstown Golf Course.