First Annual Rhode Island Infrastructure Summit a "Great Success"
PROVIDENCE, RI – Rhode Island Infrastructure Bank recently hosted more than 300 people at the inaugural Rhode Island Infrastructure Summit. The event was created to connect government policymakers and private sector experts to discuss the State’s infrastructure and the opportunities and challenges it presents for economic development in Rhode Island.
“I am delighted to say that our first Rhode Island Infrastructure Summit was a great success,” said Jeffrey Diehl, CEO of Rhode Island Infrastructure Bank. “The Summit provided an excellent forum to foster an open dialogue and cultivate relationships between experts representing all facets of infrastructure from policy to investment. We are thrilled with the response to this event and look forward to working with our partners to continue strengthening Rhode Island’s infrastructure and economy.”
The conference was structured as a series of interactive panels that featured prominent speakers from a diverse range of professional backgrounds, including several speakers from outside Rhode Island. Panelists discussed the integral role that infrastructure plays in the State’s economic development and explored a variety of topics in the context of infrastructure, including climate resiliency, school modernization, clean energy, and more.
The Summit’s keynote address was delivered by corporate site selection expert John Boyd, Jr. of The Boyd Company. Boyd discussed the significant impact that modern infrastructure has on an organization’s site selection decision. He also highlighted the investment that Rhode Island needs to make to retain its talented labor force and attract new businesses.
In addition to live remarks made by General Treasurer Seth Magaziner, Governor Gina Raimondo, Senator Jack Reed, Senator Sheldon Whitehouse, Congressman Jim Langevin, and Congressman David Cicilline each contributed a video message to the Summit that can be viewed here.
About Rhode Island Infrastructure Bank
Rhode Island Infrastructure Bank is Rhode Island’s central hub for financing infrastructure improvements for municipalities, businesses, and homeowners. We leverage limited capital with private sector funds to offer innovative financing for an array of infrastructure-based projects including water and wastewater, road and bridge, energy efficiency and renewable energy, and brownfield remediation. These quality of life projects improve the State’s infrastructure, create jobs, promote economic development and enhance the environment. For more information, please visit www.riib.org.
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