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Rhode Island trade group organizes economic-growth tour

The Rhode Island Marine Trades Association is organizing the event in conjunction with the Rhode Island Composites Alliance.

U.S. Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.) will today host Jay Williams, who heads the federal Economic Development Administration and is U.S. Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Economic Development, on a day-long tour of Rhode Island.

They will meet with businesses, tour areas where the Economic Development Administration has invested in the state and identify ways the federal agency can help promote economic growth and job creation in Rhode Island.

The Economic Development Administration, which is part of the Commerce Department, is the only federal agency that focuses exclusively on economic development.

The senator’s office said he, Williams and U.S. Rep. David Cicilline (D-R.I.) will meet with leaders from Rhode Island composites manufacturing companies to hear how the state’s composites industry is leveraging a long tradition of excellence in marine manufacturing to expand into fast-growing and dynamic new industries, such as aerospace and defense.

The Rhode Island Marine Trades Association is organizing the event in conjunction with the Rhode Island Composites Alliance.

Details of the tour are as follows:

  • Composites Manufacturing Forum: The Future of Rhode Island’s Economy, 8 to 9:50 a.m., Hall Spars & Rigging in Bristol, R.I., with Cicilline, state Commerce Secretary Stefan Pryor, and state Department of Labor and Training Director Scott Jensen; tour of Newport TechWorks, 10:30 to 11:15 a.m., at Sheffield School Building in Newport;
  • Tour of the Port of Galilee, 1:30 to 2:45 p.m., in Narragansett. Williams, Whitehouse and U.S. Rep. Jim Langevin (D-R.I.) will tour the Port of Galilee with state Department of Environmental Management director Janet Coit and Port Manager Dan Costa to see improvements at port facilities and speak with fishermen and small business owners.
  • Tour of Quonset Business Park from 3:30 to 4:55 p.m. in North Kingstown.

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