Rhode Island is ready to compete.
Ready to innovate.
Ready to build.
The Biden Infrastructure Law, officially known as the Infrastructure Investment & Jobs Act (IIJA), will rebuild America’s roads, bridges and rails, deliver clean drinking water, ensure every American has access to high-speed internet, tackle the climate crisis, advance environmental justice, and invest in communities that have too often been left behind. This once-in-a-generation investment will be game-changing for Rhode Island and our state is fully committed to leveraging these funds to strengthen and modernize our state’s aging infrastructure.
Like President Biden, Governor McKee recognizes the opportunity we have right now to create jobs, open access and build critical infrastructure that will serve Rhode Islanders for years to come.
Earlier this year, the White House called upon states to develop sound, responsible and transparent processes, and seek partners to oversee and coordinate their efforts. The Partnership for Rhode Island, a nonprofit CEO roundtable, will play this part for The Ocean State. Through CompeteRI, the Partnership is supporting our state’s efforts to attract competitive federal infrastructure funds by providing additional capacity and expertise to the state.
The goal of CompeteRI is to help the state, its agencies, its municipalities, its entities and its higher education institutions understand the opportunities available to them through the IIJA.
The Partnership will lead a statewide, targeted education campaign to inform key stakeholders about the specific opportunities available to them and will oversee an operational process that provides agencies, local governments and institutions with access to high-level professional and technical support to write best-in-class grants to ensure that Rhode Island fully leverages this incredible opportunity.
Our goal is to streamline the IIJA application process and position Rhode Island to be a model for how states can efficiently and effectively coordinate across jurisdictions, project-manage their plans, streamline the application process and write bids to fund the future of Rhode Island’s infrastructure.
The Partnership for Rhode Island Board includes:
Bank of America
Partnership for Rhode Island
Bruce Van Saun
Citizens Financial Group
Gilbane Building Company
Blue Cross Blue Shield RI
Rhode Island Foundation