In celebration of the 100th anniversary of the National Park Service (NPS), Senator Jack Reed joined members of the NPS’s Junior Ranger program in presenting the NPS with a birthday cake at Roger Williams National Memorial in Providence. Senator Reed was accompanied by several children who were participating in the Junior Ranger program to celebrate the 100th birthday of NPS, whose mission is to preserve America's parks and historic sites around the country. National Park Rangers provided the attendees with brochures and additional information about the nation’s national parks, and also presented nature-related awards and centennial celebration items.
Senator Reed wrote the 2015 law which established the Blackstone River Valley National Historical Park and included $927,000 in federal funding to help advance the park in this year in the Omnibus Appropriations bill.
Senator Reed delivered the keynote address at the 2016 Southeastern New England Defense Industry Alliance (SENEDIA) Defense Innovation Days event, a gathering in Newport between companies in the defense industry and policymakers to discuss the future of innovation and technology in the defense industry and its impact on the New England economy. 300 attendees are expected at the three-day event, with 25 companies showcasing their recent innovations. As the Ranking Member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, Senator Reed helped include a number of Rhode Island-focused priorities in the Senate-passed FY2017 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), including $5 billion for the Virginia-class submarine program, $1.5 billion to fully support the Ohio-class Replacement Program, $136.3 million to accelerate undersea warfare applied research, and $20 million for the construction of a new headquarters facility for the Rhode Island Army and Air National Guard.
Senator Reed joined the rest of the Rhode Island Congressional Delegation at the ground breaking ceremony for the ChurchWoods property in Charlestown, which will feature a 24-unit affordable housing development for Rhode Island seniors. Washington County Community Development Corporation (WCCDC) purchased the ChurchWoods property from the Episcopal Diocese of Rhode Island on June 30, 2015. ChurchWoods is a partnership between WCCDC and the Blackstone Valley Development Corporation (BVDC) the real estate development arm of The ARC of Blackstone Valley. Pezzuco Construction was awarded the construction contract on July 21, 2016.
Senator Reed joined the Rhode Island Health Center Association's celebration of National Health Center Week at the Providence Community Health Center. Also in attendence were Senator Sheldon Whitehouse, Representatives David Cicilline and Jim Langevin, and representatives from the Rhode Island Health Center Association and various Health Centers across the state.
To keep families in their homes and minimize foreclosures, Senator Reed helped open Rhode Island Housing’s new help center and Hardest Hit Fund office in Warwick. Senator Reed, a senior member of the Senate Banking Committee, led efforts to ensure Rhode Island was included in the federal program and helped secure over $115 million since 2010 for Hardest Hit Fund Rhode Island (HHFRI). To date, HHFRI has helped more than 3,000 Rhode Island families – located in every community throughout the state – to remain in their homes.
After delivering $861,000 in federal funding to help turn Bristol’s historic Naval Reserve Armory into a municipal maritime center, Senator Reed joined town officials to cut the ribbon at the center’s opening ceremony. The new facility, housed in the historic structure, will provide essential amenities for boaters and will serve as a waterside welcome center to the town’s vibrant downtown and historic sites.
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