This is what's next
Governor Gina M. Raimondo
As I reflect on the instrumental work of the Rhode Island Foundation, I find it appropriate that they have labeled their centennial theme “Celebrating Community.” Working together is what is going to fuel Rhode Island’s comeback and we all have a role to play. On behalf of my team, I would like to congratulate the Rhode Island Foundation on 100 years of excellence.
The Rhode Island Foundation understands that the success of any great idea is followed by commitment, resources and collaboration. As Governor, I have made a commitment to get Rhode Islanders back to work. That’s why last year, I introduced the Lean Government Initiative in collaboration with the Foundation to help government move at the speed of business. This initiative is already producing results - leading to less waste, more added value, and a culture of continuous improvement. So far, the enthusiasm from employees all over the state has been remarkable. Without the Rhode Island Foundation’s partnership, this would not have been possible.
We are already making progress on other fronts, too. Last spring, the Brookings Institution was invited to Rhode Island and conducted a study on best practices to move our state forward. Earlier this year, the Foundation hosted Brookings for the release of their strategy to improve the competitiveness of Rhode Island. But we have to do a lot more to make our economy more innovative and more research-and-development based. We need to develop the skills that matter, for the jobs that pay.
Additionally, 13 Rhode Island cities and towns are participating in the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston’s Working Cities Challenge. This challenge fosters cross-sector collaboration while engaging communities in solving a single problem pertinent to their community. The Rhode Island Foundation is one of our partners in this effort to bring Rhode Island cities back to life. Rhode Island is only strong if all of its municipalities are strong. Making these cities vibrant again will allow them to thrive in this new economy.
I appreciate the Foundation’s continued support. Together, we are moving our state forward – one job, and one Rhode Islander at a time.