In a special election scheduled for March 2, 2021, Rhode Island voters will have an opportunity to support critical investments in Rhode Island’s economic future. A “Yes” vote on Question 7 is a vote for job creation and economic growth, under the proven leadership of the Quonset Development Corporation.
Question 7 asks voters to approve $60 million for two targeted investments:
- A $20 million investment in Quonset’s Port of Davisville.
This will invest in continued modernization and growth at Davisville, Rhode Island’s only public port. Plans include construction of a new Pier, the rehabilitation of Pier One (built in 1941) and dredging. This effort will allow Davisville to accommodate offshore wind project cargo while maintaining existing businesses, including one of North America’s most successful auto importers.
- A $40 million investment in statewide Industrial Site Development.
This investment would mirror Quonset’s successful “Site Readiness” initiative throughout Rhode Island. Site Readiness was a crucial element of Quonset’s expansion to a business park with more than 12,000 jobs at over 200 companies. Administered by the QDC, funds will support the statewide preparation of business-ready parcels for manufacturing and other job creating activities. These funds will support permitting, engineering, site preparation and construction, among other activities.
In support of Question 7, the R.I. Ports Coalition, a Rhode Island non-profit advocacy group, is preparing a campaign to advocate for voter approval. This organization also ran the successful 2016 campaign for the statewide port bond. Keep an eye out for an email with the campaign’s website and social media where you can follow along and pledge your support.