Wednesday, December 12, 2012
Wojcik: Places to stow your car not as scarce as some may think.
"I would never open a business on Main Street," remarked Councilman Roger Jalette during the Dec. 3 City Council meeting, saying there isn't enough parking on the street. While there is a municipal lot across from City Hall and another lot across from the Woonsocket Call building and on-street parking, "People would be surprised at the total amount of parking available to service Main Street," said Economic Development Director Matt Wojcik this week. Wojcik said the city should be doing a better job of directing traffic to those parking places, though. The common parking signs, featuring a white capital "P" on a blue background, aren't used by the city to mark parking areas, he said. Also, Wojcik said the city hasn't generated the foot …
Sunday, October 21, 2012
The 38 Studios debacle is proof Rhode Island needs a new direction in growing its economy.
Sunday, October 21, 2012
It has become clear, largely as a result of the 38 Studios debacle, that Rhode Island’s economic development efforts, its attempts to convince businesses to locate and grow in the Ocean State, are adrift and have been, for some time, highly ineffective. While 38 Studios crystallized for many the fact that we are simply not doing a very good job of selling our state, that $75-million boondoggle is just one of a number of questionable decisions by the Rhode Island Economic Development Corporation, the quasi-public agency whose mission is of paramount importance to the overall welfare of our state and all its citizens. In recent weeks, the General Assembly’s Joint Committee on Economic Development has heard testimony and received study …
Thursday, July 12, 2012
U.S. Senator Jack Reed announces "Our Town" grant for arts, economic development.
The National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) has given Woonsocket a $50,000 “Our Town” economic development grant the city will use for a sculpture contest to encourage artists to live and work in the city's arts district. City Planner Jennifer Siciliano said the grant will fund a plan to draw artists to live and work in the city, in the already-established arts district on Main Street. Within the district, artists do not have to pay sales tax on work they sell, nor do they have to pay state income tax, Siciliano said. To attract artists to live and work there, Siciliano said the city will use the lion's share of the grant money, about $45,000, to commission the work of the winner of a sculpture contest. The contest will ask artists to …