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Raimondo, Moffit, DEM join community partners to kick off $35 Million Green Economy Bond Campaign

DEM to Announce $4 Million in Local Recreation Grants, Followed by Extreme Cycling Demonstration

PROVIDENCE Governor Raimondo and First Gentleman Andy Moffit along with Providence Mayor Jorge Elorza, the Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management (DEM), the Yes On 6 Coalition and other partners will host a rally in support of the Green Economy Bond on Thursday. The $35 million bond on November's ballot provides funding to improve state and local recreational facilities; preserve open space; address stormwater; and clean up former industrial "brownfield" sites for redevelopment. As part of the event, DEM will announce $4 million in recreation grants to local communities. An extreme cycling demonstration at the future home of Providence's Teen Adventure Park will follow.

WHERE: Site of former Lincoln Lace & Braid Factory Access via Merino Park (parking lot) map Providence, Rhode Island 02909

WHEN: Thursday, September 22, 2016 | 10:30 a.m.

WHO: Governor Gina Raimondo Providence Mayor Jorge Elorza First Gentleman Andy Moffit Janet Coit, DEM Director Larry Taft, Executive Director, Audubon Society of Rhode Island Alicia Lehrer, Executive Director, Woonasquatucket River Watershed Council Roy Coulombe, Vice President, R.I. Building & Construction Trades Council

Rhode Island is beloved for its beautiful waters, green spaces, and vibrant communities. The Green Economy Bond invests in the health of these assets while creating jobs and supporting the economy. Yes On 6 partners include Audubon Society of Rhode Island, Bike Newport, Blackstone Valley Tourism Council, Build Rhode Island, City of Central Falls, Clean Water Action, Coggeshall Farm Museum, Discover Newport, Gilbane Building Company, GrowSmartRI, Ocean Community Chamber of Commerce, Rhode Island Bicycle Coalition, Rhode Island Building Trades, Rhode Island Department of Health, Rhode Island Land Trust Council, Rhode Island Recreation & Parks Association, Save The Bay, The Nature Conservancy, and the Woonasquatucket River Watershed Council. Twenty-four Rhode Island communities have passed resolutions in support of the bond. For a complete list and/or to download a factsheet on the Green Economy Bond, visit Join the social conversation by using #YesOn6RI.

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  • Release date: 09-20-2016

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