Stefan Pryor serves as Rhode Island’s first Secretary of Commerce. Appointed by Governor Gina M. Raimondo and confirmed unanimously by the Rhode Island State Senate in 2015, Secretary Pryor oversees and coordinates the State agencies and offices responsible for economic development, business regulation, housing, and workforce development. Rhode Island’s economic progress under Governor Raimondo has been profiled by national publications including Chief Executive magazine (“Rhode Island Boasts The Biggest Climb In ‘Best States / Worst States’ Rankings,” May 2, 2018) and the New York Times (“After Long Economic Slide, Rhode Island Lures New Business,” March 14, 2017). Thirty businesses have announced plans to land or expand in Rhode Island since the Governor’s new programs were implemented about three years ago.
It may be that it’s a travel agency with the global freeze in travel can’t make it go, or a prom dress production or repair company, it could be a restaurant that says my revenues are down, I need to do a food truck — we are going to be providing grants of up to $50,000 to get a business back on track.26 May 2021