NARRAGANSETTâ€”New Economic Development Coordinator Maureen Crowley hopes to bring a new spirit to the enhancement of Narragansettâ€™s profile in Rhode Island and beyond. The recently created position will afford her the first opportunity to implement the initiatives of the Economic Development Plan (EDP).
â€śIâ€™ve only been here a few weeks, but I have already met some really great people,â€ť said Crowley. â€śI have met with local community members in order to understand the needs of the town and push things forward.â€ť
The $50,000, one-year coordinator position was approved by the town council at the August 1 regular meeting by a vote of 3 to 2, and is the culmination of months of work by the Narragansett Economic Development Committee and local community members. The EDC discussed the importance of such a position in signaling the townâ€™s intent of commitment to the short, middle and long-term strategies needed for Narragansettâ€™s economic success.
â€śVolunteers can only do so much and these activities are critical,â€ť said EDC President Edward Mazze in June. â€śWe donâ€™t want to see Narragansett in a position where we are still fighting yesterdayâ€™s battles.â€ť
The EDP, adopted by the town council unanimously in July, is a multi-faceted document which was created through a series of community workshops this past spring. Local residents came together to discuss particular attracting points of the town and also suggested ways to enhance quality of life. A number of issues unique to Narragansett, such as oceanside business opportunities and challenges with rental properties, were debated. The product of residentsâ€™ labor was the EDP.
For more information pick up a copy of the Narragansett Times