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Through a robust business retention and outreach program, we are ensuring the needs of the business community are understood and that responsive strategies are put in place throughout the region to ensure recovery, growth, and competitiveness for our local economy.

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Workforce Townhall

Read a Summary & Next Steps

On May 7th, we discussed workforce shortages, talent recruitment, employee retention, and ideas for improving the labor force opportunities in our region. 

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Small Business Townhall

Read a Summary & Next Steps

On April 28th, we hosted a virtual townhall with community leaders and small businesses to discuss what we can do as a region to support businesses.

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Broadband Coalition

Link to broadband coalition

We have created a Broadband Coalition and are in the final round to identify a technical services vendor to support mapping and the work required to define solutions to the issues that we have been experiencing.


With what amounts to Billions of federal dollars available to enhance broadband we are working to make sure the Greater Newport region is ready to receive the investment.

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Shop Greater Newport

Launched in December 2020, Shop Greater Newport is a small business directory for small businesses in the Greater Newport region built to create more opportunities for people to shop small.

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State of the Economy in Greater Newport

Link to report

We have been working to better understand the short versus long-term impacts of the pandemic. The presentation highlighted a strengthening economy but one that will take time and a concerted stakeholder effort to recover fully.