Thursday, May 17, 2012
Governor Lincoln D. Chafee accepted a resignation of Keith Stokes, Executive Director of the Rhode Island Economic Development Corporation yesterday.
Keith Stokes offered his resignation as Executive Director of the Rhode Island Economic Development Corporation (RIEDC) on Wednesday, May 16. It was accepted by Governor Lincoln D. Chafee. "As a lifelong Rhode Islander, I am grateful for the opportunity to have served at the RIEDC," said Stokes. "I have dedicated my entire career to a state I love very much with the desire to create a better place for Rhode Islanders to succeed and to raise their families. I will continue to be involved in the future." Stokes said he plans to spend time with his family for now. Stokes, a Newport native, was appointed to the position in January 2010. Before that, he served as Executive Director of the Newport County Chamber of Commerce for over 15 years…
Thursday, April 12, 2012
The RIEDC says that the construction to prepare Fort Adams for the America's Cup is 75 percent complete and on schedule to be completed by May 1.
“Who has anything like this?” asked Keith Stokes, Executive Director of the Rhode Island Economic Development Corporation (RIEDC), as he walked through the active construction projects at Fort Adams State Park on Wednesday morning. Stokes said that although Newport has lacked the infrastructure to attract maritime activities in the past, the projects will not only make Newport a competitive venue, but with its history, charm and sailing conditions, Newport will rise into a league of its own. “It’s Newport," he said. "It’s a place people want to be." In November 2010, the RIEDC posted a request for proposal to hire an engineering firm to develop plans for a two-phase project including land and marine upgrades at the park. A $662,000 …
Thursday, February 16, 2012
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Friday, June 24, 2011
Patch met up with Keith Stokes at the State Fishing Pier to get a first-hand look at the initial plans Fort Adam's State Park infrastructure improvements that he said are required to attract and sustain sailing events such as the America's Cup.
“Being a Newporter, and old Newport family, I think the greatest mistake we have made in the last 30 years is allowed our waterfront to move away from a working waterfront that was marine dependent, into a residential lifestyle waterfront. Because of that we have lost shipyards, we have lost craftsmen and craftswomen who worked on boats and marine trades and commercial fishing...” - Keith Stokes, Executive Director of Rhode Island Economic Development Corporation Although local sailing fans might be disappointed that the 34th America’s Cup race will take place in San Francisco and not Newport, for Keith Stokes, Executive Director of Rhode Island Economic Development Corporation, it presented an opportunity to accelerate plans for …
Friday, February 11, 2011
RIEDC Director Keith Stokes, Lila Delman principals and other Newport officials met Thursday to discuss bringing more European tourists to Newport, specifically from England.
Newport and Rhode Island residents and officials met Thursday afternoon at Lila Delman Real Estate to discuss how to attract long-term tourists who would be more likely to invest in real estate in the area. Nick Churton and Annette Reeve of Mayfair International Realty, London, Rhode Island Economic Development Council Director Keith Stokes, Katharine Flynn, Director of Business Development for RIEDC, Newport City Councilor and Lila Delman agent Kathryn Leonard, and other Lila Delman principals discussed how to foster concurrent real estate tourism and economic development in Newport. Stokes pointed out the similarities between England and New England, especially Newport, and that the city should make tourists from overseas aware of …