You play to your strengths and invest in your winners.

In the Ocean State, URI’s Graduate School of Oceanography (GSO) is both. And in two weeks, Rhode Islanders will have a generational opportunity to invest in this homegrown success by voting ‘Yes’ on Question 1.

The world-class faculty and students at the Bay Campus are already trailblazers in the “Blue Economy,” which includes jobs that support Rhode Island families in fisheries, tourism, defense and offshore wind. It’s the future.  

But while the science at the GSO is cutting edge, the campus is not. Many of their facilities date to the 1960s and have not been meaningfully updated since. Question 1 will approve investments to modernize and improve buildings, laboratories and research facilities on the campus. 

It’s been a pleasure – and a real eye-opener – for us to partner with the great teams at URI and PLDO Strategies to spread the word about the importance and opportunity of this crucial ballot question.

Opportunity is knocking. I hope you will join me in building on Rhode Island’s success at the Bay Campus by voting ‘Yes’ on Question 1.
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Rhode Island T. F. Green International Airport Named One of America’s Best 

Rhode Island T. F. Green International Airport continues to be recognized by travelers as one of the country’s best airports. The latest confirmation came when PVD was named one of the Top 5 airports in the country for the third year in a row by Condé Nast Traveler’s Readers’ Choice Awards - this year moving up to No. 4.

A strong social media game from our team reminding people to vote for PVD played a big role in the overall effort, as the award leans heavily on online feedback from travelers detailing what they love about their favorite airport.

Our posts announcing PVD’s good news recently generated a lot of positive feedback, too, garnering an impressive total of over 105,000 impressions and nearly 6,000 engagements across all social platforms.

To stay up-to-date with one of the best airports in the country, you can follow PVD on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and LinkedIn.
RIPEC Sounds the Alarm for a Sense of “Urgency Demanded by the Crisis” in Education Report

The Rhode Island Public Expenditure Council (RIPEC) raised the alarm about low student outcomes and large proficiency gaps across almost every demographic and geographic line in its recently released analysis of the state’s K-12 education system. The extensive analysis provides a roadmap for state lawmakers and leaders to follow in order to address the crisis. The report, Improving Rhode Island’s K-12 Schools: Where Do We Go From Here?, found that the pandemic exacerbated already-existing issues in almost every way.

“Rhode Island needs to take action now to fix K-12 education for students, families, and the future of our state,” said Michael DiBiase, RIPEC’s President and CEO. “We need to approach this issue with the priority and urgency demanded by the crisis, and this report can serve as a foundation for policymakers to develop a roadmap for reform that will benefit students and educators.”

Among the report’s recommendations were reforms to the current funding formula, changes to governance models, more professional development for teachers, better recruitment and retention for teachers, and more options for choice for students.

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SOLD OUT! Grey Sail Brew Supports Childhood Cancer Research
Grey Sail Brewing of Rhode Island recently partnered with the National Pediatric Cancer Foundation to support “Brewing Funds the Cure.” Grey Sail owner Jen Brinton said the brewery was proud to participate in the event for the fifth year in a row.
Rising Hope, a Hazy Peach IPA, quickly sold out with all proceeds going to the foundation. Grey Sail also supported a toy drive for Hasbro Children's Hospital patients and a hair donation event to support “Wigs For Kids."

We’re proud to work with great clients like Grey Sail, who consistently work to help our community and people who need a little support.

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Thousands of Scouts From Across the Country Enjoy Camp Yawgoogs 107th Season

Camp Yawgoog welcomed thousands of Scouts and volunteers from all over the United States during its successful 107th season. Based in Rockville, R.I., Yawgoog is the country's second-oldest continuously operating Boy Scout camp and hosted Scouts from as far as Tennessee, Florida and Texas this year. More than 200 counselors offered 40 merit badge classes including robotics, drones, camping, small boat sailing, fishing, lifesaving and first aid.

Yawgoog opened its gates to female Scouts at summer camp for the first time three years ago. This year, 58 different female troops stayed at their own campsites while participating in all the same programming as the male troops. 

“Over one million Scouts have camped at Yawgoog since it opened its gates in 1916,” said Tim McCandless, Scout Executive and CEO of the Narragansett Council, Boy Scouts of America. “Today, the camp continues to be a place where young men and women learn values, along with lessons of character and leadership that will serve them well throughout their lives.”