Greetings!

Yesterday was an exciting day for the team at New Harbor Group as we worked with our client Fortuitous Partners, along with state and local officials, to unveil a historic $400 million project in Pawtucket, R.I. – the largest investment in the history of the nearly 350 year old city.

The Tidewater Landing proposal envisions new life for land on both sides of the Blackstone River. Plans call for commercial and office space, an event center, hundreds of units of housing and a new professional soccer stadium. A Riverwalk and pedestrian bridge are all part of the plan, too.

Rhode Island consistently ranks as one of the Top 10 TV markets in the country for soccer, and is currently the largest TV market for the sport in the country without a professional team. The new stadium, which the developers intend to finance privately, will host the new team. 

Over $300 million of the proposal will be privately financed. State and local government will invest in infrastructure items (roads, bridges, parking, storm water, etc.) that would traditionally be their role. These types of investments would be necessary for any meaningful development to take place in the area. Even conservative projections indicate that the return on public investment in terms of jobs, tax revenue and economic impact will be massive.  

This is an exciting project, and a once in a lifetime opportunity to transform a great city. We are proud and excited to be a part of it.
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Self-Taught Saratoga Ford Mechanic Joins Elite National Panel

Saratoga Ford’s master technician, Dennis Whited, earned national recognition recently when he became one of the newest members of the elite Ford Technician Review Panel. A self-taught mechanic with 38 years’ experience, Whited is one of only 21 people in the country selected for the Panel. 

“I’ve enjoyed what I’ve done,” Whited told Albany’s ABC News 10. “I’ve been Ford loyal since the beginning. It gets emotional.” 

The group, which meets quarterly in Detroit, discusses and reviews everything from safety features to customer service to engineering details. Whited will be representing New York State and all Ford dealerships in the region on the panel.
 
ABC News 10
W esterly Scouts Lay a Wreath at Tomb of the Unknown Soldier
  
As they marched towards the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, the Scouts in Westerly Troop 16 felt the gravity of the wreath-laying ceremony sink in. (right)
           
For Scouts like Tyler Greene the ceremony was an emotional experience. During and after the wreath laying, the troop reflected deeply on the tremendous sacrifices of the fallen servicemen honored that day.
 
“We understand how important these veterans who gave their lives and the ones who still live among us in town really are,” Troop Leader Mike Sullivan said. “Being able to do this and lay this wreath at the tomb was something that we could do to honor those families that are still waiting.”
 
The Westerly Sun
Infrastructure Bank Helps Animal Hospital Cut Energy Costs and Carbon Footprint 

Harbor Animal Hospital is drastically reducing its carbon footprint and energy bill with energy upgrades financed through the RI Infrastructure Bank’s C-PACE program. The Warren-based animal hospital is installing solar panels and LED lighting which are expected to reduce its carbon footprint by 1,234 metric tons, a figure equivalent to the annual energy output of 148 Rhode Island homes.
 
The steps are projected to reduce Harbor Animal Hospital’s energy costs by 20%.
 
“We are excited by Harbor Animal Hospital’s decision to utilize the Infrastructure Bank’s C-PACE program,” said Warren Town Manager, Kate Michaud. “It’s heartening when local businesses make investments that help advance the Town’s ‘Green-Warren’ initiatives.
 
“By transitioning to highly efficient LED lighting and installing a roof-top solar system, Harbor Animal Hospital is helping the Town reduce its environmental footprint while maintaining the Town's beautiful natural resources,” she added.
Grey Sail’s Jennifer Brinton Welcomes Rhode Islanders into the Local Beer Culture

With the local beer industry booming, Rhode Islanders have more opportunities than ever to explore the state’s beer scene. On Ted Nesi’s Executive Suite , Jennifer Brinton (right), co-owner of Grey Sail Brewing , discussed the growth of her Westerly company and shared a few ways viewers can take advantage of the local beer culture. 
 
Grey Sail has been a fixture in Westerly since 2011. Operating out of the historic Westerly Macaroni Factory building, the local brewery now produces 9,000 barrels of beer a year. They are best known for their unique IPAs, Captain’s Daughter and Little Sister - the newest addition to the Grey Sail lineup. 
 
As the popularity of Grey Sail and other local breweries continue to grow, Brinton sees new opportunities for Rhode Islanders to learn more about craft beer. Thanks to its small size, beer lovers can visit several breweries across the state in a single day. Additionally, Grey Sail’s location on the Connecticut border makes the brewery a perfect first stop on any statewide beer tour. For beer drinkers looking to expand their horizons, she also recommends visiting beer festivals where participants can try a wide variety of ales “without committing”. 
 
You can find Grey Sail’s colorful cans in package stores and bars across Southern New England. To find a retailer near you check out the Grey Sail Beer Finder.
 
WPRI
Port of Davisville Shatters Annual Record Months Early 

The Port of Davisville continues to be a North American powerhouse for auto imports. Importing its 242,568 th car on October 18 th , the Port shattered its annual auto import record for the 11 th time in 12 years. This is the earliest date Davisville has ever set an annual best.

Quonset’s, NORAD , which oversees the processing and distribution of hundreds of thousands of automobiles annually, has been the linchpin of this remarkable success.

“QDC is excited about the continued growth at the Port of Davisville even with the ongoing construction at Pier 2,” said QDC Managing Director Steven King. “We look forward to seeing continued growth at the Port once construction is complete.”

The Port of Davisville is consistently one of the Top 10 auto importers in North America.
 
American Journal of Transportation
 
Providence Journal
 
What’s Up Rhode Island
 
PBN
Scouts Collect 100 Tons of Food
The giving season started early for the Boy Scouts this year with their 32nd annual Scouting for Food Drive. In a single weekend, more than 200 Scouting Packs and Troops went door-to-door collecting over 200,000 lbs. of food. All donations were given to the Rhode Island Community Food Bank and other local food banks.

“This is what we do in Scouting,” said Tiffany Bumgardner-Scheffler, COO of the Narragansett Council Boy Scouts of America. “We teach our Scouts to be grateful for what they have, but also to want to get out there and help their community and others in need.”
 
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Johnston Sunrise
 
Warwick Beacon