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 chat with RI Department of Environmental Management Director Janet Coit about the return of the Volvo Ocean Race in 2018.


Coit says race organizers plan to make Fort Adams the only U.S. stopover in the race for a second time after receiving strong reviews from sailors and spectators.

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The Volvo Ocean race is coming back to Newport in 2018. The international sailing event drew more than 100,000 people to the city by the sea this summer.

According to state officials, the final tally was nearly 130,000 spectators, who came for the races at Fort Adams State Park.

Newport was the only North American stop on the grueling international sailing race, which spans some 40-thousand nautical miles and takes nine months to complete.

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Six months after the launch of her foundation, Boston Marathon bombing survivor Heather Abbott is providing a Massachusetts woman with a prosthetic leg. The foundation is dedicated to providing specialty prosthetic devices so patients can do all kinds of activities like running and swimming. Abbott lost part of her left leg in the Boston Marathon bombings.

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The chair of the National Endowment for the Arts, Jane Chu, toured the Ocean State Friday. The visit was part of the 50th anniversary celebration of the NEA.

Chu says she was surprised by what she called a “thriving” arts community in Rhode Island. She said the state recognizes the impact of the arts on the economy.

"When we put the arts in a corner, or we think that it’s a frill, we’re really doing a disservice to the transformational power of the way arts touches our lives every day; everything from jobs to career training, to the beauty of arts themselves," said Chu.


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.

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As the Pope concludes his historic trip to the United States, dozens of Rhode Island students plan to attend his outdoor mass in Philadelphia. 

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This Saturday, Sept. 26, the Newport Art Museum opens the exhibit "Reviving Durr Freedley: Newport's Forgotten Artist." Freedly painted the murals that cover the interior of the Seamen's Institute chapel, but the painter and his art has been all but forgotten, until now.


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.


Newport teachers wrapped up two days of training Thursday before the new school year starts after Labor Day. But their contract talks remain at an impasse. National Education Association of Rhode Island President Larry Purtill said there is still time to return to the bargaining table.

“Right now there’s nothing formally set up or any formal discussion but I would hope that would take place very quickly,” said Purtill.

The main sticking point is a contract provision that provides extra pay when class sizes go over the limit.

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Students in Newport will learn tips during the new school year on how to stay out of harm’s way when they walk and bike to school.

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Dozens of historical reenactors gather in Newport Saturday to celebrate the 250th anniversary of the Stamp Act Riots. The events were some of the first rumblings of the Revolutionary War.

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Portsmouth is considering a no-smoking ordinance that could make all of Aquidneck Island’s public beaches and parks smoke free. The town council voted Monday to draft the ordinance, which could be approved as early as September.

Neighboring Newport and Middletown already have similar bans in place.

Portsmouth Town Administrator Richard Rainor says he’s not sure what penalty the ordinance might carry, but he believes it will still be effective.

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America's first president, George Washington, comes to Rhode Island Saturday, or at least an actor who portrays Washington at his Mt. Vernon Estate.

The visit is part of the Historical Society's celebration of the 225th anniversary of Washington's final trip to Rhode Island

The stop in the Ocean State came in 1790, when Washington toured Providence and Newport , visiting at sites like Brown University and Touro Synagogue. It wasn’t his first trip to New England, but as president, Washington avoided the state because Rhode Island had not yet ratified the Constitution.

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Ocean crews will sail through the night for the 11th annual Ida Lewis Distance Race. The race leaves Newport Friday.

Roughly 40 boats are expected to set sail from Fort Adams in Newport. Their course will depend on wind speeds and will take about 24-hours to complete.  Organizer Skip Helme said if the winds are strong enough, the boats may travel as far as Montauk Long Island.

Military's Tallest Ship Arrives In Newport

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The tallest ship in the U.S. military arrives Friday in Newport.  The Coast Guard cutter, “The Eagle,” is 295 feet in length and uses more than 6 miles of rigging. For over 60 years, the sailing vessel has served as a classroom for future Coast Guard officers.

Michael Thompson is stationed with the U.S. Coast Guard in Newport. He will be assisting with public tours of the ship this weekend.