TPF 2019 Program of Work

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At the February Providence Foundation Trustees Meeting, members approved the 2019 Program of Work for the Providence Foundation.

This year’s work focuses on these main categories:

  1. A Competitive Economic Environment
    A thriving downtown is essential to the economy of Providence, and a thriving Providence is essential to the economy of all of Rhode Island. We will stay abreast of taxes and regulations proposed for our city and state and advocate for policies to reduce commercial tax rates. We will also work to support commercial and residential development, as well as to attract and retain new businesses.

  2. Public Space and Infrastructure Improvements
    Efficient, well maintained public spaces, assets, and infrastructure are central components of a healthy and economically competitive city. We will lead advocacy efforts for the intermodal transit hub, as well as to create and promote the Downtown Parks Network. This work will include efforts to dredge the downtown river, activate Greater Kennedy Plaza through the Downtown Providence Parks Conservancy, and taking a leadership role in climate resiliency.

  3. Organizational Development and Positioning for the Future
    Positioning our organization to have a significant impact on Providence’s development for decades to come. Through this work we hope to expand our communications, branding and marketing efforts with the ultimate goal of communicating better with our members, as well as expanding and broadening our membership base to become more diverse and inclusive.

  4. Issues of Interest
    The following are issues we will be prepared to support should necessity or opportunity arise:

    • Enhanced rail connections and service between Providence and Boston
    • Housing affordability
    • Alliances capable of creating efficiencies in our downtown work
    • Opportunity Zone investments and promotion
    • Economic impact research demonstrating the importance of Providence in the state economy

View the full Program of Work for details on what the Providence Foundation will be tackling in 2019.

Kristin Crane