Why Rhode Island?
From building super high speed internet connectivity to improving traditional transportation systems and investing in our ports and other key growth centers, Rhode Island is creating an infrastructure for the 21st Century. Our strategic, cost-effective location in the heart of the Northeast corridor — approximately 45 minutes from Boston and three hours from New York City — provides direct access to the world’s key transportation routes making it that very easy to reach the fifty million consumers who live within 300 miles of our state.
T.F. Green International Airport
Quonset Point Business Park and Port of Davisville
Port of Providence
Research & Development
Rhode Island is a strategic hub for Research and Development activities. Our state enjoys more colleges, universities and hospitals within a one-hour drive than any other area of the world. Within our borders, we also have a federal lab dedicated to undersea warfare, an industrial base that boasts the second highest in the nation business R&D expenditures in proportion to payroll and an academic medical center that features the fourth highest in the nation per capital investment of NIH funding. Complementing the private and non-profit R&D is a state tax infrastructure that provides multiple R&D incentives, including the most generous R&D tax credit in the country.
Bio is Big in the Smallest State
The Ocean State
Quality of Life
Rhode Island is a wonderful place to work, live and raise a family. Within the 1,000 square miles we call home, you will find walkable city and town centers close to working farmlands, forested areas and the incomparable resource that is Narragansett Bay. A vibrant arts scene, award-winning theatre, collegiate, professional and international sports competitions, outdoor concerts, international festivals, celebrated museums and acclaimed dining establishments mix with miles of pristine coastline, hundreds of salt and freshwater beaches and one of the largest concentrations of historic landmarks in the nation. And getting around is easy. Our Capital City of Providence is never more than a 30-minute drive from anywhere in the state — from the beaches of South County to the City-by-the-Sea, Newport, to the farms and bucolic beauty of Northwestern Rhode Island.
Oldest Fourth of July Celebration
Last Great Places
With our working ports, efficient air, highway and rail systems, world-class colleges and universities, a highly skilled and educated workforce, proximity to major international markets, lower real estate and living costs regionally, and high quality of life, Rhode Island has the economic, cultural and natural assets to attract growing businesses and help them succeed in our state.
37th largest metro economy in the country
Eleven colleges and universities
Rhode Island’s workforce is well known for its high productivity and diverse set of skills. The state’s long tradition in metal, electronics, plastic and other manufacturing is complemented by an expanding workforce in financial and business services, life sciences and information technology. In addition, Rhode Island’s strategic location gives companies an unsurpassed opportunity to draw highly-educated workers from throughout southern New England. Almost two-thirds (64%) of New England’s population lives within 75 miles of Providence — a higher proportion than either Boston or Hartford.