Today, Senator Reed joined Rhode Island Department of Transportation (RIDOT) Director Peter Alviti to tour several transportation projects around the state. As the Ranking Member of the Appropriations Transportation and Housing and Urban Development (THUD) Subcommittee, Senator Reed advocates for the state’s interests and works to improve our transportation infrastructure and accelerate economic growth. He recently led efforts to secure a $25 million BUILD grant to upgrade the Washington Bridge and has delivered federal funds to help the state upgrade our roads and bridges, as well as our airports, railways, ports, and bike paths. Today’s tour included stops in North Kingstown, Warwick, Johnston, Cumberland, Providence, and Cranston.
Senator Reed joined Southside Community Land Trust (SCLT) and local growers to tour Urban Edge Farm and announce a new $600,000 initiative that SCLT is spearheading to help new and beginning farmers in the state. Located on the Cranston-Johnston border on land leased from the Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management (DEM), SCLT’s 50-acre Urban Edge Farm serves as hub for small-scale, environmentally sustainable, commercial agriculture.
Senator Reed joined Middletown officials including Town Council President Robert Sylvia, Town Administrator Shawn Brown, and others at the dedication ceremony for a new Veterans Memorial in Middletown.
Senator Reed visited the Hope Alzheimer’s Center in Cranston to meet patients and honor the service of 16 patients who are also veterans.
Senator Jack Reed presented 100-year-old World War II veteran and Scituate resident Everett Edgar Grist with medals he earned for his courageous service during World War II. A veteran of the United States Navy, Mr. Grist served as a gunner’s mate aboard the SS Big Foot Wallace and the SS George W. Arthur, and was deployed to Italy, France, and England during the war.
Senator Reed joined Coast Guard Commandant Admiral Karl Schultz for a meeting aboard the USCG Escanaba (a 270 foot long vessel medium endurance vessel, with a crew of 105 men and women) at the Coast Guard wharf at Naval Station Newport.
Topics discussed includeed the Coast Guard’s vital mission in Rhode Island, the state’s growing maritime industry, the future of the Coast Guard fleet, and more.
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