Progress at Quonset Due to
Both Public, Private Investment
As one of the premiere business parks in the Northeast, Quonset Business Park is home to more than 175 diverse companies employing over 9,500 people in full and part-time jobs. State leaders consistently cite Quonset as a success story and an economic engine of growth for Rhode Island.
Steven J. King, PE, managing director of the Quonset Development Corporation (QDC), recently appeared on WPRI
program with Tim White
to discuss Quonset's progress and how it has been able to help grow 3,500 jobs since 2005. King pointed out several things the QDC has done to make Quonset more attractive to businesses. Those actions include: adopting attractive lease incentives to offer long term tenants with good paying jobs; creating a robust site-readiness program to ensure a speedy development process; and building a state-of-the-art Park offering modern infrastructure including roads, rail, seaport and utilities.
King added that in addition to the substantial commitment from the state and federal governments to improve Quonset, the private sector has also more than doubled that investment to help their companies grow. Those investments have brought more jobs to Rhode Island, increased the tax base, and helped spur greater economic development for the state. The Providence Journal later confirmed that
the private sector has more than doubled the public sector investment at Quonset. Working together, the public and private sector have helped make Quonset what it is today.
To see King's interview on Newsmakers in its entirety, click here
Governor's Workforce Board, QDC, and FedCap to Help Businesses Find
The Governors Workforce Board and the QDC will host a special luncheon on Wednesday, February 12 to introduce local businesses to Fedcap - a national non-profit that helps companies find trained, reliable and qualified entry level workers. The event, entitled "Stabilizing an Entry Level Workforce" will be held at the QDC Annex Building at 95 Cripe Street from 11:30AM to 1:30PM.
Fedcap is a national nonprofit that assists businesses in meeting their staffing needs and helps individuals overcome barriers to self-sufficiency. Through their work with veterans, welfare recipients, people with intellectual/developmental disabilities, the homeless, court involved, adults over age 55, youth and young adults aging out of the foster care system, FedCap matches business needs and consumer talents together. In 2013, they placed over 20,000 people in a variety of jobs.
Fedcap also runs six commercially viable businesses located throughout the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic in the Manufacturing, Total Facilities Management, Document Maintenance and Digital Imaging, Home Health, Security and Staffing sectors.
The luncheon meeting on February 12 is open to any local business, but an RSVP is required. To RSVP, please contact Jill Sherman at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 401-295-0044 X 245.
For questions about the Fedcap program contact, David Sanborn at email@example.com (917-693-8549) or visit the organization's website at www.fedcap.org.
New Ball Fields for the Neighborhood
Could Be on the Way
The Town of North Kingstown recently applied to the Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management (DEM)
for a Recreation Acquisition and Development grant to build a series of new practice fields within the Quonset Business Park. The fields will have the flexibility to be used for a variety of sports depending on the demand. The grant application is currently under review by the DEM.
To help support the effort, the QDC has agreed to contribute $200,000 for the project should the grant be awarded.
If the DEM grant does come through, the new practice fields would be located on land designated as open space within the Quonset Business Park east of Newcomb Road near Potter and Fletcher roads. The total estimated cost of the project would be about $800,000. If the state awards the town a $400,000 grant, the town would also be required to provide a $200,000 match.
Katherine Trapani, planning manager at the QDC said the decision to support the project was an easy one. "Supporting our neighbors in the North Kingstown community has always been a top priority for us," Trapani added. "Recreational fields are a great use for this particular parcel of land and provide a nice transition between the neighborhood and the port and industrial areas of the Park. We know that the Town has a shortage of practice fields and if a grant is awarded by DEM, we see this as a win-win project."
Paige Bronk, North Kingstown's economic development director, recently told the North East Independent
that the town would be responsible for the maintenance of the new sports fields.