July 2023

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Chelsea Siefert Assumes New Role as

QDC's Chief Operating Officer

Chelsea Siefert has been promoted to the role of QDC’s Chief Operating Officer after four successful years as Quonset’s Director of Planning and Development. As COO, she will continue to serve as the liaison between QDC and its over 200 companies, developers, regulatory agencies and our partners in local, state and federal government.

Chelsea has played a key role in overseeing planning operations at the 3,200-acre Business Park. This includes the critical $235 million Port of Davisville Master Plan and major upgrades that will position Quonset as a hub for the offshore wind industry. She has also led the continued development of Quonset’s 365,000 sq. feet, 10-building Flex Industrial Campus and the launch of RI Ready, a program to activate industrial sites across Rhode Island to create an inventory of pre-permitted properties that will spur economic development.

“Chelsea’s top priority has always been delivering the world-class infrastructure that allows Quonset to continue driving Rhode Island’s economy forward,” said Steven J. King, P.E., Quonset’s managing director. “We look forward to her continued leadership as our COO here at Quonset.”

Photo by Elizabeth Graham, PBN

Enjoy Quonset's Public Spaces This Summer

Quonset's Blue Beach

Quonset Business Park has hundreds of acres dedicated to recreation, preserving our rich history and protected open spaces. Now that it’s officially summer, there’s no better time to take advantage of the amenities that Quonset has to offer.

Quonset has four public beaches where visitors can take in the magic of Narragansett Bay. Blue Beach is a small beach with sand dunes, featuring a stunning view of the Jamestown Bridge. Compass Rose Beach is a dog-friendly beach located off Roger Williams Way. Spink’s Neck Beach is a narrow stretch of sand by Little Allen Harbor, an active working waterfront. Calf Pasture Point Beach sits at the end of the North Kingstown Bike Path and serves as a natural habitat that is home to many species of wildlife, sea life, and waterfowl. If you’re looking to enjoy a day by the water, you can’t go wrong at Quonset.

If you’d rather stay active, Quonset is home to the North Kingstown Golf Course, one of the best public courses in the state. Come play eighteen holes or hit a bucket of balls at the driving range. The Park also offers two connected bike paths: the 2.3-mile-long Quonset Bike Path and the 1.25-mile-long North Kingstown Bike Path. These paths take riders from Post Rd. all the way to Narragansett Bay.

Quonset is proud to provide public spaces for Rhode Islanders to enjoy the outdoors. We hope to see you at the Business Park this summer! 

Quonset Generates $5.9 Billion in Economic Revenue in 2022 

Steven King’s most recent column in the New England Real Estate Journal highlights Quonset’s role as a leading engine of economic development in Rhode Island.

In 2022, Quonset generated $5.9 billion in economic activity (that’s 8.3% of Rhode Island’s GDP), including $1.72 billion in household income for Rhode Island families. Meanwhile, private-sector jobs here pay 10% more than the state’s average wage.

To find out more, you can read Steve’s column here.

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