Senator Reed and U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx toured some of Rhode Island’s key port infrastructure and met with transportation officials and marine shipping leaders at Quonset Business Park at the Port of Davisville to discuss the critical role ports play in Rhode Island and our nation’s economy.
During the visit, Reed showed Secretary Foxx firsthand how several federal investments in the state’s two major commercial ports – the Port of Davisville and the Port of Providence – are helping to create jobs and opportunities while boosting maritime commerce in the Ocean State.
The Port of Davisville, which is operated by Quonset Development Corporation, is the state’s largest port and a major gateway to markets throughout Southern New England and beyond. ProvPort is one of the busiest deep water ports in the northeast.
Senator Reed has worked for many years to improve infrastructure at both ports.
Rhode Island artists, designers, and musicians took center stage on Monday, August 18 as Sen. Reed led new National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) Chairman Jane Chu, the top Obama Administration arts official, on an “Art Works” tour of Rhode Island.
Arts and culture are crucial to Rhode Island’s economy and the quality of life for all Rhode Islanders. The NEA has been a critical partner in investing in creativity and innovation here in the state; NEA-supported projects have helped local artists showcase their talents and given more people of all ages an opportunity to enjoy the arts, enriching our communities and paying cultural and economic dividends.
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Reed’s Steadfast Support for Refuge Funding Honored by the Cooperative Alliance for Refuge Enhancement
Senator Reed was presented with a national award from the Cooperative Alliance for Refuge Enhancement (C.A.R.E.) for his outstanding support of the National Wildlife Refuge System.
Reed, chair of the Senate Appropriations Committee’s Subcommittee on Interior, Environment and Related Agencies, has been a longtime supporter of adequate funding for America’s wildlife refuges and has demonstrated his commitment to conservation through his leadership in Congress.
The award was presented today at Sachuest Point National Wildlife Refuge in Middletown. A former Navy rifle range, Sachuest Point was established as a wildlife refuge in 1970. The 242-acre refuge provides an important stopover and wintering area for migratory birds.
Reed, a native of Cranston, RI, is very familiar with the Refuge System. Rhode Island boasts five national wildlife refuges in the state. In the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, which did nearly $70 million in damage to several Northeast refuges, Reed made a point of ensuring the refuges and surrounding communities impacted by the storm received federal funding to repair the damage and make them more resilient to future storms.
In honor of “National Oyster Day,” Senator Reed convened a meeting on August 1 with Rhode Island oyster farmers, restaurant and small business owners, and environmental officials for a discussion about the state’s growing aquaculture industry and the Rhode Island food economy.
Reed, a strong advocate for shellfish growers and the state’s sustainable aquaculture industry, and the stakeholders gathered at Matunuck Oyster Bar, opened in July of 2009 by Perry Raso.
The award-winning restaurant overlooks his 7-acre oyster farm in East Matunuck, and visitors can tour the farm to see how the oysters are raised and how they get directly from the pond to the plate.
The event included a roundtable discussion about the challenges and opportunities facing the aquaculture industry, followed by a boat tour of Raso’s farm on Potter Pond, where Reed got into the water for a “deep dive” hands-on tutorial on oyster farming.
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On Friday, August 1, Senator Jack Reed joined Daniele, Inc. owners -- brothers Davide and Stefano Dukcevich -- for a discussion on growing Rhode Island’s food economy and a “hard hat” tour of Daniele’s new, state-of-the-art $60 million charcuterie factory. The facility, which is nearing completion, will be the largest and most modern plant of its kind in the world.
Daniele, Inc. has its roots in Italy, where it was originally founded seven decades ago before coming to Rhode Island in 1976, when Vlado Dukcevich came to America and built the first Daniele, Inc. prosciutto plant in Burrillville. Now a third-generation, family-owned and operated company, Daniele, Inc. produces premium gourmet meats using family recipes, traditional old world methods, and new technologies in their climate-controlled facilities that replicate conditions in Italy and ensure maximum freshness, quality, and safety.
In recent years, Daniele, Inc. has doubled in size from 150 employees in 2009 to more than 350 today. And the company, which started as one facility, now has three separate plants with a fourth soon to open. Their newest facility produces around 200,000 pounds of salami each week.
Reed, McCain, Pelosi, Miller Launch Bipartisan Hidden Heroes Congressional Caucus for Military & Veteran Caregivers
On July 29, Senator Reed joined Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi, Senator John McCain (R-AZ), and Congressman Jeff Miller (R-FL) along with former Senator Elizabeth Dole and Hidden Heroes Caregivers to found a new congressional caucus dedicated to the 5.5 million spouses, parents, children and other loved ones serving as volunteer caregivers to America’s wounded warriors.
The Hidden Heroes Congressional Caucus for Military and Veteran Caregivers, co-chaired by Leader Pelosi, Senator McCain, Senator Reed and Congressman Jeff Miller, will raise awareness and develop legislation in support of the millions of military and veteran caregivers tending to their ill and injured warrior at home.
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