In the latest setback for the state Economic Development Corporation, Governor Lincoln Chafee's choice to lead the agency, William J. Parsons, has asked that his nomination we withdrawn due to a " recent serious health issue." Chafee has accepted the request by Parson, whose tenure with the EDC goes almost to the agency's inception.
A group trip is being organized for Rhode Island businesses who are interested in doing business with China, as well as those already doing so. The Rhode Island Economic Development Corporation is organizing a trip for the last two weeks in April.
The E-D-C says business appointments with Chinese companies will be arranged and informational briefings will be given to participants.
In a signal that Governor Lincoln Chafee hopes to keep closer tabs on the state Economic Development Corporation, the governor has hired longtime ally J.R. Pagliarini for a newly created post of chief of staff at the EDC.