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Sen. Whitehouse & Rep. Langevin Lead EDA Tour
Quonset's Growth Needs to Be Replicated Across R.I.
Reps. Tobon and Barros View Quonset as Key Driver of Economic Growth

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Sen. Whitehouse & Rep. Langevin Lead
Economic Development Administration on
Tour of Quonset Business Park 
Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse, Asst. Sec. EDA Jay Williams, Rep. Jim Langevin,  Jack Goodison (J. Goodison Co.) Nick Tanionos (Specialty Diving Services),
Ted Spinard (QDC)

U.S. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse and Congressman Jim Langevin hosted the head of the federal Economic Development Administration (EDA), U.S. Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Economic Development Jay Williams, on a tour of Quonset Business Park earlier this week. The group met with leaders of the Quonset Development Corporation, toured EDA-funded projects around the Park and the Port of Davisville, and spoke with Quonset businesses.

The EDA has funded many major infrastructure improvements at Quonset in recent years, including a $6 million commitment for the Zarbo Avenue Bulkhead. The agency has also funded nearly $4 million for the Romano Vineyard Way Bridge, which connects the two halves of the park. The bulkhead project will allow a local marine trades company to expand, while the bridge resolved a dangerous situation in the Park with "at grade" rail crossings.

"EDA funding is giving Rhode Island employers the tools they need to grow and hire," said Whitehouse, "and it's helping to build infrastructure that makes our state a more attractive place to do business. As our state's economy continues to rebound we'll need more investments like this, and I believe today's visit helped Assistant Secretary Williams and his team at EDA see that sending federal dollars to our Ocean State will continue to pay off."

"I am delighted to help welcome Secretary Williams to Rhode Island, where he can see how federal dollars are being put to good use, as we continue to grow Rhode Island's economy," said Congressman Langevin. "The work of the EDA is so important, especially as our state and our nation recover from an economic downturn, and I am excited by the prospects of future growth, job creation and workforce development that will result from the continued support of the EDA."


To learn more about the visit, click here

Secretary of State Nellie Gorbea:
We Need to Replicate Quonset's Growth
Across Rhode Island

Nellie M. Gorbea
Secretary of State Nellie M. Gorbea has authored a piece in the New England Real Estate Journal highlighting the growth at Quonset Business Park and how it can be achieved in other parts of the state. The Secretary touts the Quonset Development Corporation's efforts to provide a predictable and transparent climate for businesses to succeed and grow within the Park.

"Quonset Business Park is a leading driver of Rhode Island's economy," Gorbea wrote in her piece. "Through their uniform development guidelines, site-readiness program, and universal leasing incentives, they are showing how the public and private sector can work together to spur economic development."

The Secretary also focused on how her office is helping to move Rhode Island forward.

"Whether you are a new entrepreneur or an established business, the Rhode Island Department of State can help you by providing information that is efficient, strategic and relevant to your needs. This begins with our Business Services Division, where all Rhode Island businesses are registered," she said.

"We need more job growth in this state and the only way to see that happen is to ensure that companies can develop, grow, and stay here through a predictable and transparent environment," she added. "They've done it at Quonset - and I'm committed to continuing to do that in my office, as well."

To read the full piece, click here.
Reps. Tobon, Barros View
Quonset Business Park as Key Driver of
R.I. Economic Growth on Recent Tour
Representative Jean Philippe Barros (District 59, Pawtucket) and Representative Carlos Tobon (District 58, Pawtucket) toured the Quonset Business Park recently to learn more about the economic growth, new jobs, and development underway there. The representatives were briefed on the 3,200 acre Business Park by Steven King, managing director of the Quonset Development Corporation (QDC).

Quonset Business Park is already one of the premiere business parks in New England and one of the largest in the Northeast. It is a main driver of economic growth and job creation in Rhode Island. Quonset is home to nearly 200 companies, employing more than 10,000 people in both full-time and part-time jobs in every sector of the economy. The Port of Davisville is consistently one of the Top Ten auto importers in North America. The Business Park has added more than 4,000 new jobs since 2005.

"Quonset is one of Rhode Island's most important assets, especially when it comes to driving our economy forward and providing job opportunities for Rhode Islanders," said Rep. Barros. "This tour gave me an up-close look at some of the unique and innovative ways the Quonset Development Corporation has been able to spur development and create more jobs in the state."

"I was extremely impressed with my recent visit to Quonset Business Park," Representative Tobon said. "From the modernized infrastructure to the numerous construction projects to the strategic planning they have taken on - all Rhode Islanders should be proud of the success going on there. Quonset Business Park and the Port of Davisville are clearly helping to move our state forward."

To see the full release, click here.