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State Senate President Teresa Paiva Weed joins Bonus Q&A this week to discuss charter schools, the outlook on ethics reform, her future plans, promoting green jobs, leadership at the state Board of Elections, and other issues.

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House Finance Committee members expressed backing Wednesday for the intention of the state’s new effort to boost tourism, despite the much-publicized mistakes in the initial rollout

Chuck Hinman

This year's award goes to Raymond Two Hawks Watson, a Providence resident and the chief executive officer of the Providence Cultural Equity Initiative. 

It was quite the week in Rhode Island politics, and the fallout led to tardy publication of this week's column. So thanks for stopping by. As usual, your tips and comments are welcome, and you can follow me through the week on the twitters. Here we go.

Ian Donnis / RIPR

  Responding to a week of criticism over the state's new tourism campaign, Governor Gina Raimondo announced Friday she has accepted the resignation of the state's chief marketing officer, is recovering some of the spending on the campaign, and will involve Rhode Islanders in a revised effort to better market the state.

Providence Business News Editor Mark Murphy joins Rhode Island Public Radio's Dave Fallon for our weekly business segment, The Bottom Line.  

This week Mark and Dave sit down with Rhode Island Public Radio Political Analyst Scott MacKay, a vocal critic of a new tourism marketing plan unveiled by state officials this week. 

On Friday, Governor Gina Raimondo announced the resignation of a top state marketing officer and did away with the highly-criticized slogan "cooler and warmer."

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Ian Donnis / RIPR

Betsy Wall, Rhode Island's chief marketing officer, apologized Thursday for the troubled rollout of the state's new $5 million push to promote tourism 

More problems are emerging in relation to a new website unveiled as part of a statewide business and tourism campaign. 

Rhode Island: Cooler And Warmer?

Mar 29, 2016
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Governor Gina Raimondo and the state's Commerce Corporation have announced a new slogan for the Ocean State, Rhode Island: Cooler and Warmer.

The Bottom Line: Hotels See Growth In 2015

Oct 23, 2015

Providence Business News Editor Mark Murphy joins Rhode Island Public Radio's Dave Fallon for our weekly business segment, The Bottom Line.

This week Mark and Dave sit down with Warwick Convention and Visitors Bureau President and CEO Martha Sheridan.

Sheridan says hotels in Providence have seen revenue growth close to 13 percent this year, and a similar trend can be seen in Warwick. Occupancy rates have been strong, fueled in part by conventions, meetings and sporting events.

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Three marketing firms have been chosen to develop a tourism campaign for Rhode Island. The announcement follows a months-long, national search. One of the firms is New York based Milton Glaser Inc., the agency responsible for the iconic “I Heart New York Campaign.”

In a written statement, Mr. Glaser wrote, “We’re enthusiastic about working on the Rhode Island project, because, among other things, small is beautiful.”

The other firms are HAVAS PR, a public relations firm with an office in Providence, and the Jamestown-based design group Epic Decade.

  

This week on The Bottom Line, RIPR's Dave Fallon sits down with Discover Newport CEO Evan Smith to discuss the strongest tourism season in recent memory.

Providence Business News editor Mark Murphy, who usually joins the conversation, is on vacation, so RIPR News Director Elisabeth Harrison fills in.

According to Smith, food travel is taking off in a big way in Newport, and many tourists are increasingly seeking "authentic" experiences. That leaves an opening for new businesses, such as movie tours and kite surfing.

Kristin Gourlay / RIPR

“The biggest moments are made in the smallest state.” That’s the winning entry in our tourism slogan contest.

Now, we meet its creator, Frankie B. Washington, at his favorite place in all of Rhode Island. If you were expecting a beach or historic mansion, think again.

RI State Archives

Governor Gina Raimondo recently announced the state would launch a new $5 million dollar tourism ad campaign. The ad agency hasn’t been chosen yet…but Rhode Island Public Radio decided...why wait? We asked you to come up with a new slogan for the Ocean State. Then we culled our three favorites, and asked you to pick the winner.

The results are in.  The winning slogan, "The biggest moments are made in the smallest state," comes from Frankie B. Washington, a freelance illustrator living in Cranston.

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Judging by the dozens and dozens of slogans you sent us, Rhode Island should top any tourist's bucket list.

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