STATE HOUSE – The Rhode Island Defense Economy Planning Commission will meet at Middletown Town Hall next week with the administrators of all three Aquidneck Island communities to discuss realignment of unused U.S. Navy properties on the island.
The meeting is scheduled Thursday, Dec. 14, at 11 a.m. in the Town Council Chambers, Middletown Town Hall, 350 East Main Road.
The U.S. Navy has significant surplus property on Aquidneck Island, including roadways, water and sewer lines and structures, some of which date from the 1940s and 1950s. For a decade or more, the Navy has indicated a desire to transfer ownership of those properties to public and private interests. A June 2016 report by the engineering consulting firm Woodard & Curran, commissioned by the Newport County Chamber of Commerce, outlined the opportunities available and the goals of stakeholders.
Jan Greenwood, senior project manager with Woodard & Curran, is on the agenda at the meeting to discuss that report. Middletown Town Administrator Shawn Brown, Newport City Manager Joseph J. Nicholson, Jr. and Portsmouth Town Administrator Richard A. Rainer Jr. are all scheduled to participate.
The commission is co-chaired by Rep. Deborah Ruggiero (D-Dist. 74, Jamestown, Middletown) and Sen. Louis P. DiPalma (D-Dist. 12, Middletown, Newport, Little Compton, Tiverton).
“There are some exciting opportunities to strengthen our communities and make much better use of unused Navy properties and infrastructure on the island, both through public and private ownership. Some of the properties are potentially valuable, including waterfront sites and sewer and water lines that service much of the land. Additionally, the Navy is committed to remediating any past contamination resulting from its historic use of base properties before transferring them. I’m very interested in updating the people of Aquidneck Island on how these plans are developing, and bringing some attention to the potential these properties hold for our communities,” said Representative Ruggiero.
Said Senator DiPalma, “The details of such plans, of course, are always complex, and involve considerations such as the potential life expectancy and costs of maintaining some of the older infrastructure. But with careful analysis and planning, our communities, our local businesses, and our good neighbor, the Navy, can all benefit from putting surplus Navy property to better use. Especially on an island, where there are natural limits on available land, it’s a tremendous opportunity when hundreds of acres could open up. Our commission recognizes the value of this chance, and we want to do anything we can to help the process move forward.”
For more information, contact:
Meredyth R. Whitty, Publicist
State House Room 20
Providence, RI 02903
This month, we welcome and introduce our Board member, Erin Littlewood! Erin is the Director Business Development at Newport Hospital.
Q. What was your primary motivation for becoming a member of the Newport County Chamber of Commerce?
A. It’s important to be connected to the business community and the Newport County Chamber of Commerce affords a wealth of opportunities to do just that. Whether it’s the Women in Business after hours events or the Economic Luncheons, I’m glad to be able to participate and network.
Q. What do you find most interesting about your business or industry?
A. The healthcare industry is constantly changing, so it’s a fast-paced environment. But at the same time, we have to keep the patient at the center of what we do every day. We truly do deliver health with care.
Q. How has your membership with the Newport County Chamber of Commerce helped to advance your business or industry?
A. Participation at events like the Business Expo as well as serving on the board has allowed me to get to know people and build relationships. It’s an opportunity for me to make the hospital more visible and accessible. It’s also a way for me to learn more about how others perceive the hospital.
Q. What is your favorite Newport County Chamber of Commerce event or program?
A. I love the Annual Women in Business luncheon- it’s a great event, beautiful venue, great speakers and there’s always an interesting presentation.
Q. What do you hope to bring to the Newport County Chamber of Commerce as a Board Member in 2017?
A. I hope to offer ideas on helping the Chamber grow and thrive. We’ve got good energy and momentum but we are always looking ahead on how we can provide more value to our membership.
We are excited to announce that we are now accepting nominations for the 2018 Excellence in Business awards from now through Friday, December 1st. Presented annually, this award honors outstanding business achievement in Newport County and any member in good standing is eligible.
Recognizing the accomplishments of Chamber members and the vital role they play in the economic well-being of our community, businesses can be nominated in one of the following categories: Micro Business, Small Business, Big Business, Woman or Minority-Owned Business, and Emerging Leader Business.
A nomination form can be downloaded below. Completed nomination forms can emailed to joanne (at) newportchamber.com. Nominees will be notified by December 5th and provided with an application to complete by January 2nd. A judging panel comprised of Chamber committee members will review the applications and select the winners in January.
The 2018 Excellence in Business winners will be announced at the Chamber’s Annual Meeting on Wednesday, January 31st, which will be held at the Oceancliff, 65 Ridge Rd., Newport.
Last year’s winners included:
Micro Business – Newport This Week
Small Business – Under 50 Employees – Home Healthsmith LLC
Big Business – Over 50 Employees – SEA CORP.
Woman or Minority Owned Business – Gil's Appliances
Emerging Leader – Drape Art Designs
The Excellence In Business Awards are sponsored by Carey, Richmond & Viking Insurance with media sponsors Mixx 99.3, WADK, 1540 and The Newport Daily News.
We look forward to seeing many of our great businesses nominated for this exciting award!
Erin Donovan - Boyle
Newport County Chamber of Commerce, in partnership with the URI Coastal Resources Center and RI Sea Grant recognize the importance of keeping our businesses in business, and being a resilient community.
Businesses in Newport County can take this brief questionnaire less than 10 minutes in length, and begin to Know Your Risk, Make a Plan and Take Action to address such risks.
Superstorm Sandy, just 5 years ago, was a wake-up call for many of us in Rhode Island. Recent disasters in Houston, Florida and the Caribbean show all too clearly the potential impacts of coastal storms, wind and flooding on our communities. Newport County is also vulnerable to flooding from extreme high tides, rising seas and intense storms, putting businesses and our communities at risk.
Luckily, Rhode Island has a variety of tools designed to help identify and understand coastal risks and conditions and enable informed decisions.
Newport County businesses can click here, take this brief questionnaire as a starting point towards action. The team at URI’s Coastal Resources Center/RI Sea Grant will then compile your responses and return a customized package of tools to help you manage those concerns. Your responses will not be shared or used for other purposes.
Once you submit your questionnaire, the team will contact you directly with tools you may find useful based on specific needs. For more information, check out URI CRC Resilience Tools or contact Chris Condit email@example.com at URI Coastal Resources Center/RI Sea Grant
Upcoming events at Salve Regina University Pell Center for International Relations and Public Policy
As part of our ongoing efforts to promote the Cyber Leadership Program at the Pell Center, please be advised of the following upcoming events:
Seminar: “Countering Ransomware: Attack Analysis & Lessons Learned”
Date: Wednesday, November 15th, 2017
Time: 8:30 – 9:00 Networking Breakfast
9:00 – 10:30 AM Seminar
Location: Pell Center, 518 Bellevue Avenue, Newport, RI
Description: During this seminar, Mr. Israel Barak, CISO at CyberReason, will discuss the ransomware epidemic that spread around the world earlier this year and other outbreaks, such as WannaCry and NotPetya, which caused monumental harm to millions of people and organizations worldwide. He will also share a specific case study on a ransomware attack, analyze the business impact, discuss lessons learned and provide practical advice on how to prevent organizations from falling victim to future attacks, such as:
Blockchain, Bitcoin and Crypto-currencies