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Jessica David
Jessica David
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Celebrating the 2016 Innovation Fellow – Ray Two Hawks Watson
By Jessica David / April 14, 2016
“Ray has an impressive strategy for creating change and addressing the challenges our state faces by focusing on our greatest natural resource – our people,” said our Neil Steinberg.

Centennial Community Conversations: Innovative and proven programs
By Jessica David / April 1, 2016
In 2016, the Rhode Island Foundation celebrates the 100th anniversary of our founding! This year our Civic Leadership Fund Community Conversations series will focus on the capacity, generosity, and innovation of our partners and how they help build our community.

Working with an idea and ambition
By Jessica David / February 10, 2016
Since it opened its Rhode Island office in 2000, the Center for Women and Enterprise has worked to level the playing field by creating custom educational programs, counseling, and paths to funding for Rhode Island women who have an idea and the ambition to become entrepreneurs.

Strengthening the business ecosystem
By Jessica David / January 14, 2016
The vision that guides our economic security initiative is a strong economic environment that allows all Rhode Islanders to prosper. We believe that the foundation of a strong Rhode Island economy will be quality jobs that allow our residents to support themselves and their families, and these quality jobs require robust enterprise and a skilled workforce.

The Healing Foods Project – it's change
By Jessica David / December 14, 2015
People who are poor aren’t armed with information they need to be healthier. We want to change that.

Building the local economy
By Jessica David / November 30, 2015
I spent last Tuesday on a bus with 15 other Rhode Islanders. We visited Ocean State Job Lot in Providence, the Hope & Main food business incubator in Warren, Mission restaurant in Newport, Schartner Farms in Exeter, the shops of Wickford village, and Foolproof Brewing Company in Pawtucket. Our goal was to spread the Buy Local RI message across the state.

Facilitating cross-sector thinking
By Jessica David / November 10, 2015
The Civic Leadership Fund Cross-sector Community Conversation spotlights the work of our partners and grantees while facilitating cross-sector thinking and dialogue.

Designing Rhode Island's economic future
By Jessica David / September 15, 2015
DESIGNxRI aims to connect the vast pool of design talent in Rhode Island and make the broader community aware that design-driven businesses play a key role in the state’s economy.

Research to inform economic policy and action
By Jessica David / June 1, 2015
On Thursday, June 4, the College & University Research Collaborative is presenting its latest round of research for 2015, focusing on business friendliness, energy sustainability, and innovation.

'Behind every proposal is a passionate, creative, positive advocate'
By Jessica David / April 16, 2015
We are excited to announce the 2015 Rhode Island Innovation Fellows, John Haley and the team of Daniel Kamil and Emily Steffian.

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