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NEW: Newport Chamber Wants to Bring Businesses, City Together

Monday, March 18, 2013


Newly-formed Business Advisory Committee will attempt to maintain "open and effective" communication between both sides.

The Newport Business Advisory Committee will meet on Wednesday, March 20, one of a series of bi-weekly meetings for members of the local business community. The Committee, formed by the Newport County Chamber of Commerce at the request of Newport City Manager Jane Howington, works to maintain open and effective communication between the City of Newport and the Newport business community.

The Newport County Chamber of Commerce is the second largest chamber in the state with over 1,100 members representing over 50,000 employees. It is one of Rhode Island’s largest business advocacy organizations, formed to enhance the business, civic, and economic vitality of Newport County and greater Rhode Island.

“The Chamber is excited to facilitate this opportunity for members to create a meaningful dialogue with the City of Newport. The business community is pleased at the City’s commitment to listen to and invest in the local business community,” stated Jody Sullivan, Chamber Executive Director. On the Committee's kick-off meeting on February 28, numerous business categories and geographical regions throughout Newport were represented by 18 Chamber member businesses. Also in attendance was Paul Carroll, Newport's new Director of Economic Development, a person who is sure to be an integral part of the Committee going forward.

The Committee was extremely enthusiastic about this opportunity for a formal communication vehicle for local businesses. Up for discussion were the topics of safety and security, visitor experiences, and the implication of upcoming city improvement projects for businesses.

Howington is not one to understate the importance of staying on the same page when it comes to the City of Newport and its local businesses. “As we approach the 2014 summer season the city wants the business communities to know that we are committed to listening to their suggestions and concerns and to insuring that they are up to speed on City projects that may impact their businesses.”

The next meeting of the Newport Business Advisory Committee will take place on Wednesday, March 20 from 8-9am at the City Council Chambers. For additional information or to RSVP, contact Jody Sullivan at [email protected] or 401-847-1608.


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