Newport is working on several projects that will have long-term impacts on Newport. The biggest challenge will be to make sure that we develop our city intelligently, thoughtfully, and with intention.
Newport is a special place. With a vibrant local community, a world-renowned arts scene, and a natural beauty that rivals anywhere else in this country. The city has the right elements to build an innovative 21st century economy. The US Navy is right next door with a research and technology facility, we’re close to major business centers and top-tier higher-education institutions in Providence and Boston, and our rich historical heritage continues to draw an estimated 3.5 million visitors a year.
I believe that Newport needs to focus on three priorities as we move into the future: Transparency and Communication with residents and businesses, a Strong Economy attracting diverse year-round businesses and providing Newporters with the skills to support them, and making Newport an Environmentally Sustainable City. The city should keep these things in mind with every decision.