2) COMMERCIALIZATION OF RESEARCH: We need to improve the commercialization of research being conducted at Brown University, the Naval Undersea War Center, and other esteemed research institutions. While a substantial amount of funds are being dedicated towards research, this knowledge isn’t being converted commercially towards start-ups as compared to top universities in other states like Massachusetts. We need to explore ways that will help improve the commercialization of the research being conducted in these prominent institutions.
3) SOLOPRENEURS: Let’s create a statewide program that will help support, embrace, and cultivate individual contractors and business owners. These are individuals that are in business for themselves, and have no employees. They are web developers, designers, architects, and carpenters, to name just a few. It’s estimated that 40% of our workforce falls into this category. By 2020, that figure will rise to 50%. We need to build a state-wide grassroots community made up of these independent freelancers. In Santa Cruz, California, they’ve created such a platform; one that provides services, networking events, collaborative shared live/work spaces, and support
4) FUTURE INDUSTRY JOBS: The 2016 Brookings Report “Rhode Island Innovates: A Competitive Strategy for the Ocean State” provided us with a series of recommendations to help lift and strengthen our economy. In short, we need to drive jobs that consist of future industries such as resiliency, green infrastructure, and information technology. During my tenure on the City Council, I have sponsored resolutions that have helped shape the policy of this project. The creation of these types of jobs will help our community evolve into a year-round economy with sustainable and well-paying jobs.
5) BRING DEVELOPERS AND ENGINEERS TO RI: This would be a variation of number 3. Why simply focus on attracting a 1000-2000 person division of a large company. Let’s work on developing a program that provides incentives for 1000-2000 independent, well paying contractors to come live in our state. These individuals work independently and not in a group setting. They are typically in their 20’s and 30’s and earn great pay working remotely. Let’s create shared work, living spaces that house these individuals and provide them with a collaborative working environment.
These are just several of the initiatives that I will help drive if elected. We have an opportunity to transform our economy in a very substantial way, but it’s going to take a leader with vision and a track record for getting things done — not simply someone that can point to our shortcomings.
Candidate for Senate district 13