State of the State – August 2023

State of the State – August 2023

State of the State – August 2023

Highlighting the ocean of opportunities to work, live and play in R.I.

36 Hours in Newport, RI: Things to Do and See
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Governor McKee announces $81M in federal funds for new learning centers
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Changing the landscape of cancer care in Rhode Island: Lifespan, Brown to seek NCI designation
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Quonset continuing to generate economic momentum for Ocean State’s Blue Economy
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Rhode Island Making Waves

Coming up soon: 2023 Go Global Awards

We’re getting closer and closer to the 2023 Go Global Awards, an annual conference that brings hundreds of business and economic development leaders together to network, share best practices and recognize great work happening around the world. Rhode Island Commerce is proud to co-host this year’s event with the International Trade Commission.

More than 35 economic development agencies operating across the globe are planning to attend and participate in this year’s event, as we showcase and celebrate businesses that are driving the global economy forward through innovations, technologies and strategies.

Learn more – and register! – today!

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Introducing the Windserve GENESIS

Continuing our local Blue Economy success story, Rhode Island shipbuilder Senesco Marine launched their second CTV to date last month. The Windserve GENESIS was constructed at Senesco Marine by a team of over 100 expert shipbuilders.


The Windserve GENESIS will be working for Orsted in their Northeast offshore wind farm builds. Able to carry 24 passengers and additional cargo at speeds as high as 27 knots, The Windserve GENESIS will be a great asset to the offshore wind industry. Senesco Marine continues to build four more offshore wind vessels at this time as well a the first ever hybrid ferries being built on the east coast.

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Biotech on the Rise in Rhode Island

Rhode Island is continuing to grow into its role as a leader in the burgeoning biotechnology and life sciences space – and the last month included plenty of examples that showcase this momentum!


Several partner companies within the New England Medical Innovation Center were well-deserving recipients of the latest round of Rhode Island Commerce’s Innovation Vouchers program, including Kardio Status, Inc.; SMoTAP, Inc.; Modesys Technologies, LLC; and Iantrek, Inc. Plus, in academic news, the University of Rhode Island Pharmaceutical Development Institute received $1.2 million in federal funds to support its efforts to strengthen the Ocean State’s biotech workforce.

This is a critical industry for our statewide economy, and we look forward to continuing to build this success story in the months and years to come.

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Mark Your Calendars

Foundation 2 Blade | Rhode Island
Hosted by the Business Network for Offshore Wind and sponsored by Real Jobs Rhode Island, this is the offshore wind industry’s most comprehensive training program for businesses who are ready to take advantages of the opportunities in the offshore wind space.

When: August 22

Where: CIC Providence | Providence, R.I.

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Rhode Island Startup Week

Hosted by RIHUB, Rhode Island Startup Week brings together entrepreneurs, local leaders, students, corporations, investors and friends to connect, collaborate and grow through entrepreneurial events. Most of the week-long event’s programming is available virtually; however, if you happen to be in town, check out the schedule for a few in-person excursions that are coming together.

When: September 29-October 6

Where: Virtual

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Offshore WINDPOWER 2023
Presented by American Clean Power, the annual WINDPOWER Conference & Exhibition has cultivated a dedicated and thriving global community of top developers and experts. Rhode Island Commerce is proud to serve as a sponsor for this upcoming event.

When: October 3-4

Where: Hynes Convention Center | Boston, Mass.

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2023 Go Global Awards

Co-hosted by Rhode Island Commerce and the International Trade Commission, the Go Global Awards program is an annual conference that showcases and celebrates companies and government leaders that are driving the economy forward through innovations, technologies and strategies.

When: November 6-8

Where: Omni Providence | Providence, R.I.

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