Posted by: Providence Chamber of Commerce | August 16, 2011

Mayor Taveras acknowledges GPCC President, others for efforts in Economic Director Search


Earlier today, I announced that Jim Bennett will serve in my administration as Economic Development Director for the City of Providence.

Jim will be an instrumental partner in leading our efforts to support business in Providence and create jobs. Jim will oversee the new Department of Economic Development, which includes the departments of Planning and Development, Inspections and Standards, Arts, Culture + Tourism and the Workforce Development Board.

Jim was selected for the post after a comprehensive national search led by an eight member committee of business and civic leaders. The search attracted candidates from 23 states.

Appointing a cabinet-level Economic Development Director was the number one recommendation of the business and civic leaders who served on  my Economic Development Transition Committee. This committee of respected leaders unanimously agreed that this position was vital to supporting businesses, encouraging new ventures and creating jobs.

We looked across the country to find the best candidates and we were lucky to find someone here in Rhode Island with extensive knowledge of the challenges and opportunities we face in the Capital City.

As a business leader and as a successful entrepreneur, Jim has great experience that will enable him to effectively lead Providence’s economic development effort. I am thrilled to welcome Jim to my administration and I have every confidence that he will be a strong advocate for businesses in every neighborhood across our City.

I want to thank Mark Ryan, who chaired the search committee, and members Andrew Cortes, John Pagliarini, Bill Parsons, Jay Placencia, Jim Riley, Allan Tear, and Laurie White for their hard work and service to our community. Today would not have been possible without their efforts.

I hope you all will soon have the opportunity to work with Jim in his new capacity and I look forward to continuing the strong public and private sector collaboration that has made amazing things possible in Providence.


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