Marcel Valois http://ripr.org en Chafee, Valois, Sweitzer headed to European trade mission http://ripr.org/post/chafee-valois-sweitzer-headed-european-trade-mission <p>Gov. Lincoln Chafee and Marcel Valois, executive director of Commerce Rhode Island, will embark on a European trade mission that will be focused on meeting with executives of companies that have expressed an interest in establishing operations in Rhode Island.</p><p>Chafee’s press office issued a statement saying that these company executive officials are interested in Rhode Island due to the state’s ``proximity to Europe, as well as the location in the busy northeast corridor and the convenience of TF Green Airport, industrial ports and rail and highway transportation systems.’’</p> Thu, 24 Apr 2014 20:26:17 +0000 Scott MacKay 32583 at http://ripr.org Made In Rhode Island: Jewelry Making, An Industry On The Move http://ripr.org/post/made-rhode-island-jewelry-making-industry-move <div style="margin:14pt 0;"><p>There's a commonly held misconception in Rhode Island that the jewelry industry is washed up, kaput, a victim of the ravaged manufacturing sector. But according to the Rhode Island Economic Development Corporation, we have the highest concentration of jobs in the jewelry industry in the United States. This morning as we continue our 'Made in Rhode Island' series, Rhode Island Public Radio's Flo Jonic delves into the jewelry industry through the eyes of three of its players:</p><p></p><p></p><p></p> Tue, 13 Aug 2013 12:20:36 +0000 Flo Jonic 19975 at http://ripr.org Made In Rhode Island: Jewelry Making, An Industry On The Move Valois Faces Approval of Full State Senate http://ripr.org/post/valois-faces-approval-full-state-senate <p>Governor Lincoln Chafee’s choice to lead the state Economic Development Corporation faces approval by the full state Senate committee Tuesday.&nbsp; The votes comes amid debate over the EDC’s future.</p><p></p><p>Chafee’s choice, Marcel Valois, was unanimously approved by a Senate committee last week. Valois led the EDC in the 1990s during Lincoln Almond’s tenure as governor. He says Rhode Island needs to do a better job of helping business when it can and getting out of the way when it can’t.</p><p></p> Tue, 21 May 2013 12:16:20 +0000 Ian Donnis 15574 at http://ripr.org Valois Faces Approval of Full State Senate Valois Approved for Economic Development Corporation by Senate Committee http://ripr.org/post/valois-approved-economic-development-corporation-senate-committee <p>Governor Lincoln Chafee’s choice to lead the state Economic Development Corporation appears on a fast-track to approval, following his unanimous approval Tuesday by a state Senate committee.&nbsp; Marcel Valois is calling for more support for small innovators and entrepreneurs.</p><p></p><p></p><p></p><p></p><p>Valois says Rhode Island’s business climate doesn’t have to remain the butt of bad ratings in national surveys. Invoking the state motto of “hope,” he says Rhode Island can prosper by bringing a sharper focus and new approach to economic development.</p><p></p> Wed, 15 May 2013 12:48:47 +0000 Ian Donnis 15250 at http://ripr.org Valois Approved for Economic Development Corporation by Senate Committee Marcel Valois Nominated as Executive Director of RI EDC http://ripr.org/post/marcel-valois-nominated-executive-director-ri-edc <p>Marcel Valois has been nominated for Executive Director of the Rhode Island Economic Develop Corporation, which has been under a cloud since the 38 Studios bankruptcy.</p><p>It is the same position Valois held in the 1990’s under then Governor Lincoln Almond.</p><p>Valois most recently served as the Vice President of the Foundation of Rhode Island, a private non-profit organization.</p><p>The announcement came today from Governor Lincoln Chafee after his initial choice for the position, William Parsons, withdrew for medical reasons.</p> Mon, 08 Apr 2013 19:15:53 +0000 John Bender 13228 at http://ripr.org