NARRAGANSETT—New Economic Development Coordinator Maureen Crowley hopes to bring a new spirit to the enhancement of Narragansett’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).
“I’ve only been here a few weeks, but I have already met some really great people,” said Crowley. “I have met with local community members in order to understand the needs of the town and push things forward.”
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 town’s intent of commitment to the short, middle and long-term strategies needed for Narragansett’s economic success.
“Volunteers can only do so much and these activities are critical,” said EDC President Edward Mazze in June. “We don’t want to see Narragansett in a position where we are still fighting yesterday’s battles.”
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 residents’ labor was the EDP.
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