September 6, 2017                                                             Vol. 201709
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Gov. Raimondo Hosts Clean Energy Bill Signing at Quonset
Custom Design, Inc. Celebrates
Renovations and Growth
Quonset Recognized Again for Outstanding Water Quality
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Gov. Raimondo Hosts Clean Energy 
Bill Signing at Quonset

Governor Gina Raimondo and Rhode Island leaders recently chose Quonset to sign legislation that supports the growth of clean energy. The Governor was joined by State Energy Commissioner Carol Grant, Department of Environmental Management Director Janet Coit, and R hode Island Infrastructure Bank CEO Jeffrey Diehl for the event held earlier this summer. 

General Assembly sponsoring clean energy legislation included: Sen. William Conley (East Providence, Pawtucket), Sen. Louis DiPalma (Little Compton, Middletown, Newport, Tiverton), Sen. Erin Lynch Prata (Warwick/Cranston), Sen. Susan Sosnowski (South Kingstown/New Shoreham),  Rep. Lauren Carson (Newport), Rep. Arthur Handy (Cranston), Rep. Kenneth Marshall (Bristol/Warren), Rep. Deborah Ruggiero (Jamestown/Middletown), and Rep. Aaron Regunberg (Providence). They were joined by Rep. Bob Craven (North Kingstown) who represents Quonset.

"We have made so much progress toward our clean energy and environmental goals, and this legislation will help us build on that momentum," Governor Raimondo said. "By streamlining permitting processes, simplifying land value taxation policy of renewables on farm lands and providing long-term stability to our renewable energy programs, we are taking important steps toward fostering a stronger clean energy economy."

The ceremony took place in front of a ground-mounted solar array at the Quonset Business Park. 

"At Quonset Development Corporation (QDC), we're committed to growing our already robust renewable energy portfolio and investing in long-term sustainability," said Steven King, managing director of the QDC. 

The QDC is currently working on a new 400,000-square-foot rooftop solar array and a separate land-based array on Davisville Road. Once complete, these green energy projects will produce approximately two million kilowatt hours (kWh) of energy, enough to meet the full needs of the QDC.

To learn more about the clean energy bill signing, click here.

"10,000 Small Businesses" Program Creates Opportunities for Quonset Tenants

As a leading engine of economic growth for Rhode Island, the QDC team is constantly looking for new ways to help tenants grow their business and create more jobs.

Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses is a 12-week, no cost program that helps small businesses grow and create jobs by providing them with greater access to education, financial capital and business-support services. Through the program, designed by Babson College, small business owners gain practical skills in topics such as negotiation, marketing, finances and employee management that can immediately be put into action. In addition, entrepreneurs work with a business advisor to develop a strategic and customized growth plan to take your business to the next level. 

Classes are conveniently located at CCRI's Warwick campus and the program is offered three times a year. All selected applicants receive a full scholarship, so the program is no-cost. Eligible applicants are business owners/co-owners who have a business based in RI that has been in operation for at least 2 years, with at least 2 employees (can include the owner) and making at least $100,000 annual gross revenue.

10,000 Small Businesses is accepting eligibility forms until September 15th for the Winter Cohort. The eligibility form takes about 10 minutes to complete, click here to apply
For more information, click here.

Interested in talking to someone about the program?  Contact:
Elizabeth Russo
(401) 871-7219.

Still Time to Enjoy Quonset's 
Many Outdoor Amenities 

One of the many reasons Quonset tenants are able to attract and retain so many skilled workers is the park's extensive list of amenities and ideal location. Head to New England Real Estate Journal to read about what makes Quonset a great place to work.