Governor Lincoln Chafee has unveiled five nominees for the Rhode Island Economic Development Corporation. The EDC has remained beset by turnover in recent years.
Chafee says his 5 nominees represent key industries and his commitment to helping small business. The nominees include Rhode Island College president Nancy Carriuolo; the head of the state nursery and landscape association, Shannon Brawley; shipping executive Jason Kelly; and the head of a sand and gravel company, Roland Fiore. Chafee is also reappointing the president of the Rhode Island AFL-CIO, George Nee.
The governor calls the appointments a new direction for the EDC, and part of the path to a stronger economy in Rhode Island.
Three members of the 13-member EDC board told Chafee last month they want to step down. The economic development agency has operated without a head for most of the last five years.
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