Gov. McKee Announces $60M Investment at Port of Davisville
Gov. Daniel J. McKee (right) has proposed $60 million in American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) funds be invested in infrastructure improvements to support the offshore wind industry at the Port of Davisville. The investment, announced as part of the Governor’s state budget proposal, will preserve thousands of existing port jobs while preparing Rhode Island for the wind energy jobs of the future.
Davisville’s location positions the Ocean State to service 2,500 megawatts of offshore wind projects currently being proposed.
The offshore wind industry needs Port capacity for construction staging, logistics, and operations and maintenance, explained Quonset’s managing director Steven J. King, P.E.. The improvements will build additional capacity at the successful Port of Davisville to meet those needs. The $60 million dollar investment in Davisville’s infrastructure will make those upgrades possible, along with additional docking space, as well. Davisville is already home to one of the Top 10 auto importers in North America.
Governor Daniel J. McKee (left) joined state and Quonset officials to cut the ribbon on Rhode Island Ready (RI Ready) recently, officially launching the new statewide $40 million economic development program designed to prepare industrial sites to host new companies and jobs.
“Rhode Island Ready is a smart, exciting new program that will help bolster our economy and create jobs for Rhode Islanders,” said Governor McKee. “This initiative will help cities and towns make the most of properties already zoned industrial, creating jobs and economic development that will benefit the entire state. This is an important investment in our state, and I’m confident that the program can replicate Quonset’s success with site readiness.”
RI Ready is based on Quonset Business Park’s successful “Site Readiness” program, which has generated over 3,500 jobs at 41 companies and $682 million in private investment across 19 developed sites in the past decade. Quonset’s program provides pre-permitted, per-engineered sites that are shovel-ready within 90 days of businesses signing their lease.
RI Ready is a partnership between QDC and Rhode Island Commerce, and the initiative will be managed by Quonset’s Director of Planning and Development Chelsea Siefert.
To learn more about Rhode Island Ready and its application process, visit riready.org.
The Quonset Development Corporation welcomed Survitec and PrimeFish to the business park recently at the ribbon cutting for the fourth Flex Industrial Building. State and local leaders were in attendance to celebrate.
Survitec recently reimagined its energy portfolio to include offshore wind with the acquisition of Norwegian personal protective equipment (PPE) specialty company Hansen Protection. Mads Enemark Nørgreen, Head of U.S. Offshore Wind at Survitec, said Quonset will serve as “our flagship ‘U.S. Offshore Wind Hub.’
“We would like to warmly welcome Survitec and PrimeFish Seafood to Quonset Business Park in the Flex Industrial Campus Building #4,” said Steven J. King, P.E., Managing Director of the QDC. “It is exciting to see Survitec choose Quonset to expand their offshore wind support services in the United States and PrimeFish Seafood become the latest in a growing roster of seafood companies here.”
PrimeFish Seafood, a 100-year-old, family-owned local business that delivers restaurant quality, sustainable seafood will use their Flex space to store and send their product across the country.