Providence show opens today

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Rhode Island dignitaries and marine- and composites-industry leaders gathered this morning at the Rhode Island Convention Center for a press conference to open the 22nd annual Providence Boat Show, which runs through Sunday.

The press conference, organized by the Rhode Island Marine Trades Association, was titled “Launching into the Future: Growing Rhode Island’s Marine and Composites Industries,” and it concluded with Gov. Gina Raimondo ringing the opening bell for the three-day boat show.

The press conference was to announce new funding for the Rhode Island Composites Alliance from the Rhode Island Foundation and the van Beuren Charitable Foundation.

The alliance is a newly formed partnership of companies and stakeholders focused on growing the composites industry in Rhode Island.

RIMTA also presented its annual Boater of the Year Award to Bart Dunbar, chairman of Oliver Hazard Perry Rhode Island and the president of Bowen’s Wharf Co., for his effort to make sailing more accessible.

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