After successful implementation of the Working Cities Challenge in Massachusetts, the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston selected Rhode Island in September 2015 as the next state for a planned expansion of the competition as an economic development effort designed to strengthen cross sector collaboration and leadership in the Ocean State's postindustrial cities.

Funding for the competition is provided by the state, the Rhode Island Foundation, Living Cities, and other public and private partners. Governor Raimondo's administration, under the Executive Office of Commerce, has committed $150,000 annually for the next three years of matching funds through the collaboration of the Commerce Corporation, Department of Labor and Training and Rhode Island Housing to fund the program. As part of the initiative, cities in the Ocean State have the ability to compete for funds in order to address local issues affecting lower-income residents through cross-sector, collaborative initiatives.

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Rhode Island Design Grant Selection Committee

Steering Committee

Advisory Group Members