Jack Reed through the years, from Pontiac Ave to the U.S. Senate.
On Monday, June 2, First Lady Michelle Obama, Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus, other Navy officials, Electric Boat workers, and dignitaries from Rhode Island, Connecticut and Illinois gathered at Electric Boat's manufacturing plant in North Kingstown for a keel laying ceremony for the USS Illinois, a new Virginia-class submarine to be built in Rhode Island and Connecticut.
Mrs. Obama is the ship's sponsor. During the event she wrote her initials on a metal plate, and a welder inscribed them; the plate will later be mounted on the submarine. This event marked the ceremonial beginning of the ship's construction and the start of work stemming from the 10 sub, $17.6 Billion contract announced by the Navy, Electric Boat and Sen. Reed in April 2014
Monday's event was a great tribute to the men and women of the US Navy and Rhode Island's defense industry.
Reed Visits Hope & Main Culinary Incubator, Announces $30 Million Grant Opportunity for Local Food Enterprises
Senator Jack Reed joined with local food entrepreneurs, officials from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), and Lisa Raiola, the founder of Hope & Main, on May 9 for a “hard hat” tour and firsthand look at efforts to transform a 100-year-old shuttered school building on Main Street in Warren into the state’s first full-service food business incubator. During the tour, Reed also announced the availability of $30 million in competitive grants for the newly-expanded Farmers Market and Local Food Promotion Program (FMLFPP).
Set to open its doors later this summer, Hope & Main helps local entrepreneurs jump-start early-stage food businesses with a special focus on supporting the local food system. During the tour, Senator Reed and Ms. Raiola joined federal officials from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to meet with food entrepreneurs who are among the first members of the non-profit’s incubator program and discuss the next steps in supporting Rhode Island’s local food infrastructure.
Now in its final months of construction, Hope & Main’s 17,500-square foot multi-kitchen facility will provide commercial cooking and storage space for food entrepreneurs and small businesses that can’t afford the up-front costs of building their own commercial kitchens. When completed, the renovation will feature three shared-use commercial kitchens, including a gluten-free kitchen and bakery, over 6,000-square-feet of production space, cold and dry storage, a demonstration kitchen and classroom, and a 2,000-square-foot event space.
Hope & Main is now accepting applications and already hosting workshops to help teach prospective food entrepreneurs the recipe for starting a successful food business in Rhode Island, including how to produce, market, finance, and package their products for sale. Hope & Main is also set to partner with New Urban Farmers on a new, on-site community garden, and plans to host a farmers market.
Lawmakers, Navy, & Electric Boat Employees Celebrate New Submarine Contract for Electric Boat shipyard in Quonset
After years of work in Congress, this week the Navy awarded a $17.6 billion multi-year contract to General Dynamics to build 10 Virginia-class submarines. Senator Reed, the Chairman of the Armed Services Subcommittee on Seapower, joined with U.S. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse; U.S. Representative James Langevin, a member of the House Armed Services Committee; U.S. Representative David Cicilline; Electric Boat leaders and employees; and Rear Admiral Kenneth M. Perry, the commander of Submarine Group Two, on May 2nd to celebrate this milestone and salute the skill of Electric Boat employees and their contributions to U.S. national security.
This Block IV agreement will help strengthen U.S. defense capabilities, is cost effective for taxpayers, and ensures a stable workload at the company’s Electric Boat (EB) shipyard in Quonset Point for many years to come. Electric Boat recently signed a new 25-year lease to remain at the Quonset Business Park in North Kingstown and plans to invest $150 million in upgrading their facilities in Rhode Island. EB currently employs about 2,800 workers in Rhode Island and projects they will hire an additional 600 people this year and as many as 3,000 employees at Quonset by 2020 to help build submarines.
Reed Announces Winners of 2014 High School Arts Competition
West Warwick High School senior Nicholas Perreault takes top honors
WARWICK, RI - U.S. Senator Jack Reed today announced the winners of his 2014 annual High School Arts Competition to celebrate the artistic and creative talents of young people across Rhode Island. In its 24th year, Senator Reed’s annual high school arts contest is cosponsored by the Rhode Island Art Education Association and the Warwick Mall. An awards ceremony for the artists, their teachers, and families will be held at the Warwick Mall at 6 p.m. this Sunday, May 4.
Nicholas Perreault, a senior at West Warwick High School took this year’s top honors. His photograph “Bottles” will be displayed in Senator Reed’s Washington, DC office for the next year to help showcase Rhode Island’s young artistic talent to visitors from across the country.
The second place winner is sophomore Ruihan Xia of the Rocky Hill School in East Greenwich. Her work, “Spring Love Birds,” was created using Chinese ink on rice paper. Moez Ghumman, a senior at LaSalle Academy, rounded out the top three for his graphite drawing, “Self-Portrait in Bedroom.” Their artwork will be displayed in the Senator’s Cranston and Providence offices, respectively.
This year’s statewide competition drew over 50 entries from 19 different public, private, and parochial high schools. All entries were reviewed by a juried panel of volunteer judges that included: Chris Chabot of Chabot Gallery; Katherine Quinn of the Rhode Island State Council on the Arts; and Dan Mechnig and David DePetrillo of the Providence Art Club.
“I congratulate Nicholas and all the students for their creativity and passion,” said Senator Reed. “Rhode Island has produced many great artists over the years and our arts community is vital to our economy. I am pleased to have the opportunity to help showcase the hard work and talent of these aspiring young artists.”
The winning artwork will be framed by Picture This Framing Center in Providence. The winners will also receive $100, $50, and $25 gift certificates courtesy of the Warwick Mall.
Honorable Mention awards were given to six students, including: Aberdeen Taylor of Chariho High School; Daniel Kuyoth of Coventry High School; Jenny Nguyen of Middletown High School; Isabelle Carey of Westerly High School.
Additionally, Eleni Giannopoulos of Exeter–West Greenwich High School was chosen as the “Reed staff pick.”
Senator Reed is the Chairman of the Appropriations Subcommittee that oversees funding for the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA).
Senator Reed welcomed Rhode Island World War II veterans to our nation’s capital on March 29. He was joined by former Senator Bob Dole (R-KS), a courageous WWII veteran, as they greeted more than 20 World War II veterans from the Ocean State.
The group traveled from Rhode Island to Washington, DC on a trip sponsored by the Honor Flight Network and the Rhode Island Association of Fire Chiefs.
Speaking at the event, Reed said he was proud to salute these veterans, hear their stories, thank them for their service, and show them the national memorial built in their honor.
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