Guest: Larry Girouard, RIT Board Member and Business Consultant,
Host: John Carlevale
Topic: The Rhode Island Business Culture and Its Impact on Our Business Community
Business consultant, Girouard begins by talking about the importance of BRAND. The Rhode Island BRAND is not a favorable one to promote, when trying to attract businesses to RI or to prevent business from leaving. Rhode Island’s standing among other states is dismal, making the work of the Economic Development Corporation extremely difficult, if not impossible. What can be done to improve our ranking? The big ideas are to lower taxes, diminish regulations, improve K-12 education, and tackle the unfunded municipal pension liabilities. These and many other strategies necessitate a statewide strategic plan, which is currently lacking.

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