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According to Governor Lincoln D. Chafee’s Director of Communications Faye Zuckerman, “at the request of Commerce RI and as part of its economic development strategy Governor Chafee and Marcel Valois, the executive director of Commerce RI, will be meeting with companies that have expressed an interest in establishing operations here. These companies see Rhode Island as attractive because of its proximity in North America to Europe, as well as location in the busy northeast corridor, and the convenience of TF Green Airport, industrial ports, and rail and highway transportation systems.“In addition to participating in business meetings with companies that have expressed interest in Rhode Island, they will meet with the Prime Minister of Ireland, Mayor of Rome and other heads of state.“Donald Sweitzer, chairman of GTECH, who will be in Rome, has offered to join the Governor and Executive Director Valois as a private sector ambassador for the State. Lottomatica/GTECH has established business relationships in Italy and Ireland.” Below is a general travel itinerary:•Sunday, April 27: Arrives in Rome, Italy.•Monday, April 28: Business meetings in Rome and Naples area.•Tuesday, April 29: Travel to northern Italy for business meetings. •Wednesday, April 30: Travel to Ireland and attend business meetings. •Thursday, May 1: Business meetings in Ireland and return to United States.
Governor Chafee said today: “In regards to the development of the 195 land, we are striving to strike the proper balance between the public’s right to know and the success of a project that is vital to Rhode Island. It is our job to create an environment where we can obtain bids from the best companies to ensure the delivery of successful, quality ventures. “I fully support the work of the 195 Commission, a board of responsible, civic-minded professionals. They are attempting to do the right thing for the future of our State.”
Governor Chafee said: “I was saddened to learn of the passing of Nuala Pell, the devoted wife of Senator Claiborne Pell, a loving mother, grandmother and great grandmother and well-respected advocate for education, women’s health issues and the arts. Nuala Pell was ever present on the political campaign trail and her opinion was valued by many. Her passion for scholarship and the humanities led to a decades-long advocacy of public service and philanthropy.My sincere condolences to the Pell Family as we celebrate the many accomplishments of this remarkably talented and caring woman who has left her mark throughout our state.”

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