In This Issue
Renewable Energy Presentation
New Restaurant Opens its Doors
U.S. Secretary of the Interior at Quonset Today
Miccolis Appointed to Board
R.I. Fast Ferry Provides Direct Service

Renewable Energy Presentation  

Alteris Renewables, a Real Goods Solar Company, will be giving a presentation about renewable energy, and the new energy laws that were signed by Governor Chafee during the 2011 legislative session at the Quonset Business Park, on Wednesday, September 7th from 4 - 5:30 pm at the Quonset Development Corporation Annex Building. There were a number of renewable energy bills that became law this year; including the 40 Megawatt Distributed Generation Contracts Program, Net Metering Changes, Statewide Interconnection Standards, and the Extension of the Renewable Energy Fund Program. Alteris' Chris Kearns and Bob Chew will be discussing these new programs and laws.  


To RSVP, please email Jill Sherman.

New Restaurant Opens its "Hut" Doors to the Public 

Quonset Huts first appeared in World War II as hospitals, supply depots, and chow halls; now The Quonset Hut continues the "chow hall" tradition. The new restaurant is a lightweight, easily moved diner, serving breakfast and lunch from 6:30 am - 3:30 pm, Monday through Friday. It is located at the corner of Roger Williams Way and Conway Avenue, across from Electric Boat, in North Kingstown's Quonset Business Park.


"I am very happy to welcome The Quonset Hut to the neighborhood, and can't wait to try my first Hut Dog," said Steven J. King, Managing Director of the Quonset Development Corporation.


Stop by to see owner Laurie Ludwig, of Chepachet, sporting a military style cap embroidered with "The Quonset Hut", and to get some good food and great service.

News About Quonset    

North East Independent:
Shellfish ships daily from Quonset 

Providence Journal:
Ribbon-cutting to open cyber-warfare facility in North Kingstown Sunday      

New England Real Estate Journal: readers like what they see at North Kingstown Golf Course  


North East Independent: Driving center has worldwide reach 


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U.S. Secretary of the Interior
at Quonset Today

Today at Quonset's Compass Rose Beach (L to R):
Sen. Whitehouse, Secretary of the Interior Salazar,
Sen. Reed, Rep. Cicilline, Gov. Chafee

Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar toured Quonset today and announced the initial steps to develop commercial wind energy on the Outer Continental Shelf offshore Rhode Island and Massachusetts. Prior to a press conference Secretary Salazar toured the Port Davisville, the 8th largest auto importer in North America. There, he viewed progress on the work associated with the TIGER grant. Later he briefed Sen. Jack Reed, Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse, Rep. David Cicilline, Rep. James Langevin and Gov. Lincoln Chafee about the implications of today's announcement for Deepwater Wind and the Quonset Business Park.
A Call for Information and Nominations (Call), which is available for review in today's Federal Register, invites developers to identify locations within an offshore area in which they seek commercial leases for developing wind projects.  
"Today's announcement reflects the kind of efficient, forward-thinking planning we must do to quickly and responsibly stand up an American offshore wind industry," Secretary Salazar said. "By focusing on priority areas with high wind potential and fewer conflicts and conducting early, coordinated reviews, we can accelerate the leasing process and drive investment, development, and jobs to Rhode Island and Massachusetts."
"Today is important not only because it demonstrates Rhode Island's leadership in offshore wind development, but also because it reminds us of the tremendous economic development potential of the wind energy industry," said Governor Lincoln Chafee. "I want to thank Secretary Salazar for his promotion of offshore wind development and his receptiveness to the needs of our state. Rhode Island is well suited to become a national leader in wind energy and I look forward to continuing to work with Secretary Salazar, our Congressional delegation, and all interested parties to realize that potential."
"We want to make Rhode Island a national leader in renewable energy development and bring manufacturing jobs and business to the state," said Senator Reed. "I appreciate Secretary Salazar coming to Rhode Island to see firsthand the important federal investments we have made in the state and the exciting potential we have for developing offshore wind off Rhode Island's shores in a thoughtful and inclusive way. I look forward to all parties continuing to build upon the extensive stakeholder input already invested as we move forward."
Sen. Reed also cited the 8,800 jobs at Quonset, and the Business Park's role as an economic engine for Rhode Island.
"Rhode Island stands ready to fuel tomorrow's energy economy by building turbines for offshore wind farms, creating good-paying jobs in a new manufacturing industry here," said Senator Whitehouse, a cosponsor of the Offshore Wind Power Act. "Secretary Salazar's announcement today is an important step toward realizing that goal, and is a testament to our state's leadership in this area."
Today's Notice of Intent to prepare the EA is available on the Federal Register website.
Click here to view The Federal Register notice of the Call for Information and Nominations.
Click here to view a map of the Call area.

Anthony Miccolis, Jr. Appointed to
Quonset Board of Directors

Anthony Miccolis, Jr.

Former North Kingstown Town Council President, Anthony Miccolis, Jr. was recently appointed to the Quonset Development Corporation board of directors. This will be Miccolis' second time serving on the board, having previously served from 2004 - 2006.

Governor Chafee submitted the appointment earlier in 2011, which was ratified in June by the Rhode Island State Senate. Upon appointment, Miccolis stated, "It is an honor to rejoin this body and continue efforts to promote strategic economic development opportunities, particularly for our state, at this valuable tract of land."

Miccolis believes the state must, "foster a business climate where our existing businesses at Quonset continue to thrive and expand, which at the same time provide opportunities, not barriers, for new business growth."

The Quonset Business Park has 8,800 employees and is home to 168 companies.

"We are excited to once again welcome Miccolis to the board. The strong vision and focus of our board members is what makes the opportunities at the Business Park become a reality," said Steven J. King, P.E., the Managing Director of the Quonset Development Corporation.

Miccolis is currently employed as the Assistant Director of Advancement Operations in the Office of Institutional Advancement at Providence College.

R.I. Fast Ferry Provides Direct Service to
Martha's Vineyard, Cruises of Narragansett Bay and Newport Harbor


Looking for a way to beat the heat this summer? Take the high-speed ferry to Martha's Vineyard or enjoy the scenery on a Narragansett Bay Lighthouse Sightseeing Cruise. Ferry Services at Quonset Point leave from 1347 Roger Williams Way. Click here to view the full schedule.

The Rhode Island Fast Ferry sails to Martha's Vineyard, seven days a week, operating between two and four round-trip departures a day through October. Lighthouse Cruises sail Monday - Wednesday at 2:00 pm and, new for 2011, Sunset Cruises are available Thursday evenings. Weekend Lighthouse Cruises will resume in September.

Due to high demand, advance reservations are highly recommended; see and for more information and to book your trip!