Foundation hosts economic development forum, Make It Happen RI, September 7-8
Driven by the urgent need to address economic development and high unemployment in Rhode Island, The Rhode Island Foundation will host Make It Happen RI on Friday and Saturday, September 7-8, 2012. The convening of private sector stakeholders will focus on developing actionable plans to improve the state economy and supplement private sector efforts.
“Our goal is for Make It Happen RI to be different from anything else that’s been tried so far,” said Neil D. Steinberg, President and CEO of The Rhode Island Foundation. “We will be focused on generating ideas, taking action, and delivering results to revive Rhode Island. Our plan is to be realistic, positive, and forward-thinking and strive to have the broadest cross section of input and participation in this effort.”
The event will feature nine working sessions that will be facilitated to focus not just on what to do, but how to do it and who can do it. The sessions are:
- Attacking Unemployment
- Marketing Rhode Island
- Support + Growth for Existing Businesses
- Business Environment
- Closing Skills Gaps
- Startups: Helping Entrepreneurs Thrive
- Quality of Place
- Leveraging/Maximizing Sites
- High Potential/High Impact Sectors
“The Rhode Island Foundation intends to convene a diverse set of constituencies,” Steinberg said. “This is not about developing a perfect plan or reaching 100 percent consensus – it is about bringing action to new and old ideas and to make something happen for the people of Rhode Island.”
While the event is for private sector leaders in Rhode Island, the public is strongly encouraged to contribute to the session discussions by emailing ideas to MakeItHappenRI@rifoundation.org. Submissions will be considered only if accompanied by a name and contact information. Ideas must be submitted by Monday, August, 27, 2012.
Steinberg urges all Rhode Islanders to offer ideas, “’Leadership is not an executive title; each one of us has the ability to become a civic leader in our own way. Part of being a leader is developing informed opinions and then having the willingness to share them confidently.”