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Clean Water Award
Quonset Has Momentum
Candidates for Governor "Impressed" by Quonset Progress
Leave Your E-Waste with Us

Clean Water
Group Bestows Award to QDC

The Narragansett Water Pollution Control Association (NWPCA) selected the Quonset Wastewater Collection System and Treatment Facility to receive this year's A. Joseph Mattera Small Plant Safety Award. The NWPCA is Rhode Island's professional association for water systems operators. Congratulations to Superintendent Dennis Colberg and his great staff.

The Quonset facility is composed of 20 miles of gravity sewer lines and force mains, four pumping stations and a state-of-the-art wastewater treatment facility, which is separated from the stormwater collection system within the park.

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 Gateway Hotel Confirms It:  
Quonset Has Momentum

Left to Right
- John Samenfeld, President, ProCon Inc.;
Kirk Sykes, President of the Urban Strategy America Fund, a New Boston Fund;
Robert Shapiro, Manager, Quonset Hotel LLC; Governor Donald L. Carcieri;
Steven King, Managing Director, Quonset Development Corporation
Keith Stokes, Director of the Rhode Island EDC

Governor Carcieri, RIEDC Director Keith Stokes, the Quonset Development Corporation and hotel developers from New Boston Fund, Waterford Development and ProCon broke ground last Thursday for a new Towne Place Suites by Marriott hotel. The 103-guestroom hotel will sit on 4.6 acres across from The Shops at Quonset Point, and is designed for the extended-stay traveler looking for moderately priced accommodations.

"The pace of building and job creation at Quonset has been impressive, in spite of the economic downturn," said Governor Carcieri.

The development joins eight other construction projects currently underway or recently completed at the Quonset Business Park, home to 164 companies.  Quonset has added 2,700 new jobs since 2005, bringing total employment up to 8,842 jobs.

"The fact that the developers were able to finance a hotel in this difficult economy speaks volumes about the depth and breadth of the growth at Quonset - and the potential here," said QDC Managing Director Steven King. 

The new hotel at the Gateway is expected to be the first LEED-certified in the state.

Candidates for Governor "Impressed"
by Quonset Progress

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

"After visiting Quonset Business Park, I realized how much progress has been made in just the past 5 years. Most people don't realize there are 170 businesses there employing over 9,000 people.  The improvements in the infrastructure, including the roads, rail and piers clearly position Quonset to move forward with its plan for attracting and retaining business. I was especially impressed with the new Gateway plan."
"Many thanks to Steven King for the tour.  Every elected official in the state should tour Quonset Business Park so they can see and experience what has been accomplished. You cannot make an accurate assessment of the successes or the opportunities there without seeing it for yourself."
- John Robitaille, Republican candidate for Governor

"I appreciate the opportunity to take a guided tour of the Quonset Business Park recently.  It was an eye opening experience.  The QDC has done a good job in bringing new businesses and jobs into the Quonset facility.  I urge Rhode Islanders to come down to Quonset and check out the current development projects.  There are also three public beaches you can enjoy with your family."
- Victor Moffit, Republican candidate for Governor

"My tour of Quonset was impressive, and Quonset's record of creating 2,700 new jobs in recent years is equally impressive. The millions of dollars of private sector investment at Quonset means that the market is endorsing what they're doing there.  As Rhode Island's next governor, I'll work with the Quonset Development Corporation to build on their success, particularly with the possibility of attracting jobs related to the fast growing 'green economy.'  Maximizing the overall potential of this ideally situated real estate is essential to creating more high paying jobs, on top of the nearly 9,000 jobs already there.  Further, we're lucky to have one of the country's busiest auto ports at Davisville, an operation that receives more cars than the ports in Los Angeles, Vancouver, and Savannah."
- Lincoln Chafee, Independent candidate for Governor

Spring Cleaning?
Leave Your E-Waste with Us

The Quonset Development Corporation will be holding an E-Waste disposal event at the QDC offices at 95 Cripe Street on May 26 from 8-10 a.m. E-waste items will be collected for free as a service to the businesses and community. CPUs/computers, TVs, servers, keyboards, window unit ACs, spare computer parts, monitors, laptops, network equipment, computer mice, laser printers, routers, radios, scanners, fax machines, UPSs, cables and wires, aluminum, copper, cell phones, inks/laser cartridges and telephones are all accepted.

Additionally, QDC will offer sensitive document shredding services (in order to help with the concern about identity theft) for $0.35 per pound. There will be a mobile shredding truck at the event. Microwaves and de-humidifiers will be collected for an additional $15 per item.  

"Please don't bring alkaline batteries, white goods or electrical items such as toaster ovens, irons, vacuum cleaners, toys and dust busters," explains QDC's Jill Sherman.  "We won't be able to accept them."