Reed Tours Home in Providence Weatherized Through the Department of Energy's Weatherization Assistance Program
To mark the 40th anniversary year of the Department of Energy's Weatherization Assistance Program (WAP), Senator Reed joined with Providence residents, community partners, and energy experts to tour a home in Providence that was made more energy efficient through the program.
Reed Announces Federal Funds for Bryant University's John H. Chafee Center for International Business
Senator Reed joined with state leaders and the U.S. Small Business Administration to announce that the John H. Chafee Center for International Business at Bryant University has received $427,950 the funding was awarded through SBA’s competitive State Trade Expansion Program (STEP). The purpose of the STEP program is to increase the number of U.S. small businesses that are exporting and increase the dollar value of exports by those small businesses that are currently exporting.
Senator Reed joined labor and environmental leaders on a tour of Deepwater Wind’s new 30-megawatt, 5-turbine Block Island Wind Farm, which will be operational by the end of 2016 and will be the first offshore wind farm to be constructed in the United States. The tour was co-hosted by the Rhode Island Building and Construction Trades Council, the National Wildlife Federation, and the BlueGreen Alliance. The tour set off from Quonset and featured a speaking program on the way to the island, where officials from Deepwater Wind and Local 37 Ironworkers provided details on the project and highlighted recent advancements in construction, which began early in 2015. Once in operation, the wind farm will generate enough electricity to power 17,000 homes and will provide most of Block Island’s needed power, create local jobs, and reduce air pollution across southern New England. Senator Reed serves as the co-Chair of the Senate Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Caucus and has worked for years in support of the offshore wind project.
Senator Reed helped celebrate the grand opening of a new location for Lucy’s Hearth, a homeless shelter serving women and children. The new, 9,300-square-foot location on Valley Road in Middletown will house 16 families in need as they transition to permanent homes. As the Ranking Member of the Appropriations Subcommittee on Transportation and Housing and Urban Development (THUD), Senator Reed helped provide $2.3 billion for homeless assistance grants in the fiscal year 2017 Appropriations Bill. In April of this year, he helped deliver nearly $6 million in U.S. Department of Housing and Human Development (HUD) Continuum of Care (CoC) grants for homeless assistance programs, including over $40,000 for Lucy’s Hearth.
Senator Reed joined Marta Martinez, Executive Director of Rhode Island Latino Arts, on a walking tour of significant areas of hispanic history in Providence as part of Hispanic Heritage Month. Stops included many important areas for Rhode Island's Hispanic community, including the original site of Fefa's Market (the first bodega in Rhode Island), and the Iglesia Hispana "El Calvario" Church on Broad Street.
Senator Reed helped cut the ribbon on 53 newly-renovated, affordable rental homes for individuals and families at Ashton Village in Cumberland’s Ashton Historic District. The homes are located alongside the Blackstone River adjacent to the Blackstone River Bikeway and the Blackstone River State Park. The Ashton Historic District is included on the National Register of Historic Places and has been described as one of the most intact and exemplary remaining 19th century mill villages in the nation. It is part of the Blackstone River Valley National Historical Park, which continues to take shape as the National Park Service (NPS) and multiple stakeholders remain engaged in the process. Senator Reed introduced legislation to create the park in an effort to preserve the industrial heritage of the Blackstone Valley, protect environmental resources, and provide opportunities for tourism, education, and recreation.
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