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The RI BETC’s Blue Economy Community Listening Tour

The RI BETC’s Blue Economy Community Listening Tour


The University of RI Research Foundation, in partnership with the RI Commerce Corporation and our non-profit and industry partners, would like to invite you to join the first in a series of envisioned small community discussions to discuss “What is the RI Blue Economy” and also outline our state’s “Blue Economy Technology Cluster” (RI BETC) application for Federal (and more planned) funding to support creating equitable job growth in the Blue Economy across RI, through the US Economic Agency’s Build Back Better Regional Challenge.*


During our discussion, we will provide a short overview of “What is the Blue Economy” and also of our proposal, and then look to hear your ideas for how to improve it.

Your involvement and feedback will shape how this funding could support job growth across the state, specifically around ocean-based jobs (blue economy).


When:           Thursday, March 3 from 6:00 - 8:00pm

Where:          Pawtucket City Hall Council Chambers

                    137 Roosevelt Avenue

Who:             Community members & Community Based Support Organizations (CBOs)

Why:             To exchange information and ideas, and learn together


Beverages and Snacks will be available 

We look forward to this being the first of many opportunities to hear your feedback as well as that of other RI Communities. We hope to see you there.



 About the Challenge: The U.S. Department of Commerce Build Back Better Regional Challenge is a two-part federal competition that will award 20-30 regions between $25-$100 million to support projects that will build the economy. Rhode Island was selected as one of the 60 Phase 1 finalists (out of 529) in December 2021.

The Phase 2 proposal is due on March 15, 2022.  More information is available on the web at:


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