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Rhode Island releases plans for taking state through to 2020

California State News
17 Oct 2021, 12:03 GMT+10

PROVIDENCE, Rhode Island Following 13 virtual community conversations on key priority areas such as education, workforce, and children and family issues, Rhode Island Governor Dan McKee and Lt. Governor Sabina Matos on Friday rolled out RI 2030, a working paper containing preliminary recommendations which, subject to public input, will serve as a framework and guiding document for the state over the next decade.

Beginning on October 26, the McKee-Matos Administration will be holding in-person public input sessions to solicit feedback on the preliminary document.

"As Rhode Island emerges from a once-in-a-century public health crisis, we have a once-in-a-generation opportunity to build a more resilient, prosperous, and equitable state for all. Making the most of this opportunity will require a collaborative effort to address not only the issues caused by the pandemic but also those that existed long before," Governor Dan McKee said Friday. "To form our preliminary RI 2030 framework, we have conducted over a dozen community conversations, drawing upon the input and insight of stakeholders throughout our state. Our Administration has contributed its initial thoughts regarding goals, objectives, and opportunities. We now invite Rhode Islanders from across our 39 cities and towns to further shape this working document to help us revise our ideas, to identify the highest priorities within each policy area, and to help us create a strong agenda for our state's future. We look forward to working with all Rhode Islanders as we continue to build our vision for 2030, together."

Lieutenant Governor Sabina Matos added Friday: "We have a chance to define our future by leveraging federal aid and state dollars to create a state that promotes equity, lifts up and supports our small businesses, invests in our families, and much more. However, we can't do this in a vacuum - we all have a role to play. With this proposed framework, all Rhode Islanders can have a say in how we move our state forward to create a more equitable and inclusive future for all of us."

The working draft released on Friday provides summaries of what the Administration says it heard during the Facebook live RI 2030 Community Conversations. The document also highlights current state agency initiatives in the relevant topic areas, suggests broad goals for 2030, and recommends short-term and long-term actions the state should take to reach those goals.

Each of the topic areas focuses on how to make Rhode Island a more prosperous, equitable, and resilient state. The topic areas focused upon in the document released on Friday are:

  • Supporting Small Business
  • Investing in our Children, Families, and Early Education
  • Strengthening K-12 Education
  • Enhancing Workforce Development and Post-Secondary Education
  • Prioritizing Housing
  • Driving Economic Growth
  • Enhancing Public Health and Wellness
  • Addressing Climate Change
  • Advancing Infrastructure and Transportation
  • Moving State Government into 2030

Public input sessions will begin on Tuesday, October 26 at 6 PM at Harry Kizirian Elementary School (60 Camden Ave., Providence).

Additional public input sessions will be held at 5 PM on the following dates:

  • Thursday, October 28, Hope & Main (691 Main Street, Warren)
  • Tuesday, November 2 at the Community College of Rhode Island (400 East Ave., Warwick)
  • Thursday, November 4 at Innovate Newport (513 Broadway, Newport)
  • Tuesday, November 9 at United Theatre (5 Canal Street, Westerly)

In the coming weeks, Rhode Islanders will also have the opportunity to submit feedback online at www.RI2030.com. Rhode Islanders wishing to re-watch any of the 2030 Community Conversations can do so by visiting www.RI2030.com.

Read the full RI 2030 document, here.

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