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Edesia Welcomed to Quonset
General Assmebly Passes Important Legislation
NK Students to Be Honored at Seabee Museum

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Gov. Chafee, QDC Board Welcome
Edesia to Quonset


Governor Lincoln D. Chafee and the Quonset Development Corporation (QDC) announced today that its Board of Directors has approved a 25-year lease to make Edesia a new tenant at Quonset Business Park.  A ready-to-use food aid producer and non-profit organization, the company plans to build a new facility which could be as large as 85,000 square feet and house between 75 and 100 employees. The new facility could also be expanded another 25,000 square feet in the future.

"This is great news for Rhode Island and great news for Edesia.  Quonset continues to show how investing in our state assets can help companies grow, create more jobs and propel our economy in the right direction," Governor Chafee said.  "Edesia's mission to end childhood malnutrition is vitally important, and it's an organization that Rhode Island is committed to helping grow."

"Edesia will make an excellent addition to the Business Park, which already hosts over 175 companies and more than 9,500 jobs," the Governor added.

"Edesia is happy to have found a home for our new state-of-the-art factory in Quonset Business Park. Having a location that was site-ready was critical in our decision to make the move from Providence," said Navyn Salem, Edesia's Executive Director. "The faster we build, the more quickly we can meet the growing demands of our humanitarian partners, such as UNICEF, the World Food Programme, and USAID/USDA. In our new facility, not only will we reach two million malnourished children each year, we will also focus on the innovation of new products that reach more vulnerable people abroad and right here in Rhode Island."

To read more about the announcement, click here.

General Assembly Passes Important
Legislation for Quonset

The Rhode Island General Assembly passed key legislation recently that resolved a conflict between federal and state law which could have cost Quonset millions in federal grants. The bill, signed by Gov. Chafee, ensured that a $6 million grant from the U.S. Department of Commerce's Economic Development Administration (EDA) could be used to reconstruct a bulkhead at Quonset, which was built in 1941 and severely damaged by Hurricane Irene in 2011.

"The General Assembly's timely resolution of the issue reflects the constructive partnership we have enjoyed with them over the years," said QDC Managing Director Steven J. King, P.E. 

Key to the legislative success were North Kingstown's state Rep. Robert Craven, who introduced the legislation (H-7964) in the House; Sen. Roger Picard, who sponsored the legislation (S-2854) in the state Senate; and Rep. Joe Shekarchi, Chairman of the House Labor Committee, who made passage of the legislation through his committee a priority.  North Kingstown's Rep. Doreen Costa, along with Rep. Mia Ackerman, Rep. Donald Lally, Sen. Jim Sheehan, Sen. Frank Lombardi, Sen. Josh Miller, and Sen. Dominick Ruggerio co-sponsored the legislation in their respective chambers.

"The success at Quonset has been made possible by the active support of elected leaders from every level of government," added King. "This is one more example of that successful collaboration." 

To learn more about the legislation, click here.

Local High School Students
to Be Honored at Seabee Museum


North Kingstown High School students Braeden Wilson and Kayla Albin have been selected as regional winners in the Fleet Reserve Association's nationwide Americanism Essay Contest for 2014.  Wilson, a Naval Sea Cadet from NCBC Battalion, Quonset Point, has received the FRA New England/Northeast Region's Third Place Award for his essay, while Albin was selected for the Region's Second Place Award.

The theme of the 2014 FRA Essay Contest was the topic, "What the Bill of Rights Means to Me."  Both Wilson and Albin will be honored with a cash award of $100 from the Fleet Reserve Association for their winning essays at this weekend's Seabee Museum Pig Roast.  Proceeds from the event will support the Davisville Seabee Museum.  There will be live demonstrations of construction equipment at work as well as an area available to those who wish to display antique cars, trucks, tractors, construction equipment and etc.

The Fleet Reserve Association, Branch 42 Davisville, is the founding sponsor of the NCBC Battalion of the Naval Sea Cadet Corps. NCBC has been providing leadership training and establishing core values for Rhode Island youth at Quonset Point/Davisville since 1986.  FRA Branch 42 meets monthly at the Seabee Museum in Davisville.   To learn more about the Naval Sea Cadets Corps of RI, click here.