Starting off Strong

It’s a New Year and we’re off to a quick start working with our clients to create a climate for success where goals for 2019 – and beyond – can be achieved. A big piece of that effort is media coverage about progress and success, like the ones highlighted below. This type of coverage shows credibility and adds real value when amplified on social media. 

Here's just some of the good news about our clients that we helped place in the first
few weeks of 2019.
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Rare Achievement for Local Scout

Gregory Beagan, a 17-year-old Scout from Attleboro, MA, has realized a rare achievement for a Boy Scout by earning all 138 merit badges. Merit badges are awarded by successfully completing activities in different areas, including stamp collecting, scuba diving and archery. Scouts must fulfill requirements for each badge by speaking with an expert in the field, mastering the activity themselves or presenting about the topic to other Scouts.

The Providence Journal, ABC 6 and the Boston Globe met up with the teen to talk about his exciting accomplishment. 

The Boston Globe


Providence Journal

The Sun Chronicle
An Easier Way for People
to Get to Quonset

Quonset Development Corporation (QDC) announced a partnership with the Rhode Island Public Transportation Authority (RIPTA) recently to provide a new transit service for the nearly 12,000 people who work at Quonset Business Park. The pilot program will operate a bus line from Kennedy Plaza in Providence to multiple businesses at the Business Park in North Kingstown. The exciting transportation development was featured in local and regional publications.

This pilot program provides a reliable transit option for the Quonset workforce and will be offered free of charge for the first three months. The new transit service was funded by a federal grant matched with a $20,000 investment from the QDC. 

“It’s critical that the good-paying jobs we’re creating are accessible for hardworking Rhode Islanders,” said Governor Gina M. Raimondo. “No one should have to turn down a great job because they don’t have a way to get there. This pilot program is just one step in our efforts to connect Rhode Islanders with economic opportunity through public transit.” 

Providence Business News

Associated Press


New England Real Estate Journal
Infrastructure Bank Realizes
Green Bond Milestone

Rhode Island Infrastructure Bank closed on its first public-market Green Bond for their Efficient Buildings Fund recently, a milestone for the Bank. The inaugural $18.3 million Green Bond earned Standard and Poor’s (S&P) top rating. The news was covered in the industry publication Bond Buyer

The Efficient Buildings Fund provides below-market interest rate loans to cities and towns, quasi-state agencies and school districts for energy efficiency improvement projects. 

"As an organization we've been issuing green bonds for 25 years. We just didn't know it," said Infrastructure Bank Executive Director and CEO Jeffrey Diehl. "The label wasn't around. It's [now] a unique asset class and we felt it was time for us."

Bond Buyer
Brown to Green:
Former Brownfield Has New Life Producing Green Energy

Southern Sky Renewable Energy was joined by Warwick Mayor Joseph Solomon, Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management (RIDEM) Director Janet Coit and Office of Energy Resources (OER) Commissioner Carol Grant for a ribbon-cutting on a new 6.3 MW solar array in Warwick recently. 

Located just north of the Airport Connector in Warwick, the 37-acre site hosts almost 16,000 panels which contribute power to Warwick’s municipal buildings. The former brownfield’s successful transformation was featured in New England Real Estate Journal.

“We were excited to turn this brownfield into a useful, energy-saving, revenue producing property for the City of Warwick,” said Ralph A. Palumbo, president of Southern Sky. “Brownfield sites are challenging, but our collaboration with RI DEM and OER helped this project stay on budget and schedule. Our site on the airport connector is a powerful statement to visitors – the city and state are committed to renewable energy.”

New England Real Estate Journal
League Hosts Biggest Annual Conference Yet

The Rhode Island League of Cities and Towns hosted nearly 500 people, the largest crowd ever, at their 19th Annual Conference recently. The convention featured 18 dynamic workshops and interactive panel discussions on topics including school construction finance, climate change, economic development and cybersecurity. Officials from Rhode Island Infrastructure Bank, the General Treasurer’s office, the Office of Energy Resources and the state Division of Planning served as moderators and speakers on the various panels.  

The Warwick Beacon stopped by the Conference to talk with League Executive Director Brian Daniels, who discussed the impact of Gov. Gina Raimondo’s proposed budget on Rhode Island’s municipalities, among other big issues.
Warwick Beacon