What's Next for Rhode Island's Local Economy?

Video and text by PEARL MACEK/ecoRI News contributor

PROVIDENCE — On March 3, business leaders, officials, policy analysts and others gathered at Brown University for a conversation about innovation and opportunity in the Rhode Island local economy.

Speakers included: Rhode Island General Treasurer Seth Magaziner; Congressman David Cicilline, D-R.I.; city of Providence economic development director Mark Huang; activist Greg Gerritt; Doug Hall, director of economic and fiscal policy at the Economic Progress Institute; Kelly Ramirez, CEO of Social Enterprise Greenhouse; Barnaby Evans, creator of WaterFire Providence; and Justin Katz, research director the Rhode Island Center for Freedom & Prosperity.

The audience included entrepreneurs, such as Deborah Schimberg, founder of Glee Gum, Nat Harris, founder of The Compost Plant, and Nick Garrison, president and founder of Foolproof Brewing, who have become stars in the local economy.

The event was sponsored by Main Street Resources, ecoRI News, The Providence Foundation and the Greater Providence Chamber of Commerce.