• Greater Newport Chamber, Discover Newport announce task force to reopen region

    The Greater Newport Chamber of Commerce and Discover Newport jointly announced the formation of Restore Greater Newport, an economic recovery and resilience task force. It is a group of private, public, and government representatives working collaboratively, as a region, to minimize the economic impact of the COVID-19-driven economic crisis.

    “We are focused on regaining economic prosperity with an emphasis on our most vulnerable workers and businesses as the economic recovery begins and into the future,” said Erin Donovan-Boyle, executive director of the Greater Newport Chamber of Commerce, said in a statement.

    In addition to the leadership of the Greater Newport Chamber and Discover Newport several of the region’s leading organizations have joined the effort and form the task force including:

    The Rhode Island Hospitality Association

    Southeastern New England Defense Industry Alliance (SENEDIA)\

    Rhode Island Marine Trades (RIMTA)

    Polaris, MEP

    Private sector business leaders are being invited to join Restore Greater Newport.

    “At this time of economic crisis and future uncertainty we are coming together to leverage our resources and capacity to serve our community”, said Evan Smith, president of Discover Newport, in a statement.

    Restore Greater Newport has five Major Objectives:

    • To define, communicate, and encourage health and safety best-practices based on state and national recommendations.

    • To encourage alignment and consistency of recovery policies and messaging between the region’s trade associations, local and state governments, and local businesses.

    • To develop short-term programs to support business retention and longer-term efforts aimed at mitigating sustained economic impacts.

    • To accelerate recovery by leveraging our region’s community assets and aggressively pursuing external support for our opportunities and needs.

    • To be better prepared as future economic disruptions are experienced and to ensure that our region is economically prosperous.

    A website — www.RestoreGreaterNewport.com — launched today to serve as both a resource for the business community to find guidelines and best practices for opening in a healthy and safe manner. Businesses are encouraged to take a survey to help the task force prioritize the needs of the business community.

    The work of the Restore Greater Newport committee will be supported by Connect Greater Newport, the economic development division of the Greater Newport Chamber of Commerce.

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