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NARRAGANSETTâNew Economic Development Coordinator Maureen Crowley hopes to bring a new spirit to the enhancement of Narragansettâs 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).
âIâve only been here a few weeks, but I have already met some really great people,â said Crowley. âI have met with local community members in order to understand the needs of the town and push things forward.â
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 townâs intent of commitment to the short, middle and long-term strategies needed for Narragansettâs economic success.
âVolunteers can only do so much and these activities are critical,â said EDC President Edward Mazze in June. âWe donât want to see Narragansett in a position where we are still fighting yesterdayâs battles.â
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.
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