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Quonset Managing Director Steven King Honored by RIPEC
'Vote Yes on 5' Campaign Urges Voters to "Invest in Success" at RI's Ports
Oliver Hazard Perry Returns to Quonset in Preparation for Northwest Passage Expedition
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Quonset Managing Director Steven King Honored by R.I. Public Expenditure Council

RIPEC's Executive Dir. John Simmons presents the
Gary S. Sasse Award to Quonset's Managing Dir. Steven King

Steven King, Managing Director of the Quonset Development Corporation (QDC) was honored last night by the Rhode Island Public Expenditure Council (RIPEC) for his distinguished career in public service. King was awarded the prestigious Gary S. Sasse Distinguished Public Service Award at RIPEC's 73rd Annual Meeting held at the Rhode Island Convention Center.

"Under Steven King's tenure at Quonset, the former Naval facility has undergone an incredible transformation of job growth and economic development," said John C. Simmons, executive director of RIPEC. "Steve has worked tirelessly over the years to make Quonset Business Park the nationally-recognized engine of economic success that it is today and he is one of the most dedicated public servants we have in Rhode Island."

The Sasse Award is given in the name of RIPEC's former executive director, a staunch advocate of public service. Several nominees were reviewed by the Selection Committee based on the following qualifications: sustained superior performance in the service of the Rhode Island taxpayer; fiscal responsibility and business acumen; record of integrity and devotion to public service; personal initiative and resourcefulness; and overall diligence and productivity of his career.

"I would like to thank all the members, officers and directors of RIPEC for this honor," said King. "I would [also] like to thank my team at Quonset for their commitment to Quonset Business Park and the State of Rhode Island. The team at Quonset enthusiastically embraces the "Can Do" spirit of the Seabee heritage and works every day to improve and advance the Business Park."

"Quonset is a great example of all that's possible in Rhode Island. It's success reflects a generational commitment that should not be lost on any of us," King added. "Quonset reflects how investing in our State's assets will help our economy grow and create a platform for private sector job growth."

To see more photos from the event, click here.

'Vote Yes on 5' Campaign Urges Voters to "Invest in Success" at Rhode Island's Ports
'Yes on 5' ads are now airing on radio, TV, and digital platforms
Advocating for investment in Rhode Island's successful ports, the "Yes on 5" campaign is now underway with the airing of commercials on radio, TV and digital platforms. Approval of Question 5 would authorize a $70 million investment at two of R.I.'s most successful ports: Quonset's Port of Davisville and ProvPort. 
Under the proposal, the Port of Davisville would modernize its aging Pier 2 and add a third birth to handle more cargo. Investments in Providence would increase capacity at the successful ProvPort marine terminal that is at capacity and needs room to grow.

"As the Ocean State, ports are a key part of our economic development," said Governor Gina Raimondo. "When the Brookings Institute evaluated Rhode Island's economic strengths, they identified transportation and logistics as an opportunity for our state. We are already strong in this space: the number of cars imported through the Port of Davisville at Quonset has increased by 547 percent over the last two decades, and it is consistently one of the Top 10 auto ports in North America."

"The Port of Providence is home to more than a dozen prominent businesses, generating an estimated $200 million total economic impact on the region," the Governor added. "By investing in our strengths, we will keep this momentum going, create more high-wage, high-skill jobs, and position Rhode Island for success in a 21st century economy. I encourage all Rhode Islanders to vote Yes on 5 on Election Day."

The campaign has already been endorsed by community groups and news outlets, including GrowSmart, the Rhode Island AFL-CIO, and the Providence Business News with more endorsements to follow.

To learn more about the campaign and see the latest ads, click here.

Oliver Hazard Perry Returns
to Quonset in Preparation for
Northwest Passage Expedition
The largest Marine Travelift in the north east, located at J. Goodison Shipyard, will hoist the Oliver Hazard Perry (seen in background) out of the water this week.

The Oliver Hazard Perry, the largest civilian sailing school vessel in the U.S. returned to Quonset Business Park this week as it prepares for a groundbreaking expedition to the Canadian Arctic's Northwest Passage. The vessel arrived at J. Goodison Shipyard on Monday and over the next several months will undergo a variety of maintenance and engineering improvements. The hull for the tall ship was originally constructed at Quonset by its long-time tenant and ship builder Senesco Marine.
The University of Rhode Island announced in September that it had received a $3 million grant from the National Science Foundation to conduct the cutting-edge research and education expedition. URI's Graduate School of Oceanography's Inner Space Center, an international facility that supports and conducts ocean science research expeditions, will lead the expedition, which will begin in 2017. 

J. Goodison Company, a full-service marine company opened its new ship repair facility along Zarbo Avenue this past August. J. Goodison's expansion included a $9 million investment by the company, including the addition of an 820-metric-ton mobile boat hoist. The "Marine Travelift 820 C" is the largest lift in the Northeast. 

To learn more about the Oliver Hazard's upcoming expedition,click here