Governor Carcieri Vows Economic Revival in Final State of the State Address
Published on January 27, 2010
In his final State of the State Address, Governor Donald Carcieri pointed to Rhode Island‚??s history as ‚??a place for incubating new ideas and approaches‚?Ě and looked towards the planned redevelopment of the old ‚??jewelry district‚?Ě as the type of public-private partnership that will link together and harness the research capacity of our higher education institutions, with the complementary research and clinical capacity at our major medical centers to accelerate the development of a new life-sciences economy in R.I. that will provide high-paying jobs and opportunities for many Rhode Islanders.
The Governor also noted that, ‚??just as our mighty rivers powered the Industrial Revolution that brought so many jobs and prosperity in the last century ‚?? our mighty ocean will power the Energy Revolution of this century. Rhode Island is leading the nation in the development of offshore wind power and the U.S. Department of the Interior has said that the East Coast of the U.S. is the ‚??Saudi Arabia of wind‚?Ě. Simultaneously, a team of scientists from URI is working with the Coastal Resources Management Council to complete a Special Area Management Plan ‚?? an ocean ‚??zoning‚?Ě map ‚?? the first in the country. This plan will be the guidepost for sitting offshore wind farms.