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Raimondo Names Robert Davis as Chair of 195 Commission

Sends Nomination of Michael McNally for Senate Confirmation to Fill Seat Vacated by Joseph Azrack

PROVIDENCE, R.I Governor Gina Raimondo today announced that she has named Robert C. Davis of South Kingstown as Chair of the 195 Commission. This comes as Joseph F. Azrack announced his departure from the Commission after several years of work on behalf of the citizens of Rhode Island. Raimondo today also announced that she is nominating Michael McNally of Barrington to the 195 Commission. She will be sending his name for confirmation to the Senate.

"I'm grateful for Joe's leadership, dedication, and service to the 195 Commission in helping spearhead the transformation of this vacant land into a hub of innovation," said Governor Gina Raimondo. "Thanks to his work, the Commission now has momentum. There are shovels in the ground at the Wexford site, and soon we will see steel in the sky. I look forward to continued progress and additional development under Chairman Davis and Commissioner McNally."

"It has been a privilege to serve the people of Rhode Island for the past several years as Chairman of the I-195 Redevelopment District Commission, and an honor to work with Governor Raimondo, Secretary Pryor, and our Commissioners. The Commission's work bringing the Wexford Innovation Center, 1 Ship Street and the Pedestrian Bridge to fruition along with a number of other projects that are in process represent the first steps toward realizing the development potential of the I-195 land. Under the leadership of our new Chairman, Bob Davis, and Executive Director Peter McNally, I am confident that the progress to date is only the beginning for transformational economic development in the Providence Innovation District."

"Joe has brought an extraordinary combination of knowledge and experience to the Commission," said 195 Commission Chairman Robert Davis. "These factors were critical to Wexford and its equity partners in making their commitment to City and the state and he deserves great credit for the critical role he played in this seminal project. It sets a significant precedent on which the Commission can build. As Chairman, I look forward to the opportunity of working with my fellow commissioners, Governor Raimondo and her team, as well as our and our city and state leaders to continue moving the Innovation & Design District forward."

"With the groundbreaking of the Wexford Complex and the tenancies of Johnson & Johnson and the New England Medical Innovation Center, the Innovation and Design District has momentum," said Michael McNally. "I'm honored that the Governor has nominated me to the 195 Commission and I look forward to the advice and consent of the Senate."

Previously, Robert Davis previously served as the Vice Chair of the 195 Commission. Michael McNally would fill the seat being vacated by Chairman Joseph Azrack. "On behalf of the Staff, I'd like to thank Joe for his leadership and many contributions," said Peter McNally, Executive Director of the 195 Commission. "In particular, Joe was key to getting the Wexford and CIC transactions done. We offer Bob our congratulations as well as our full support. Given Bob's involvement, which was only second to Joe's efforts, we anticipate the transition in day to day leadership and operations to be very smooth."

Robert C. Davis recently retired as a partner of the Boston law firm of Goulston & Storrs where he represented a wide range of clients in real estate projects over a 40-year career. He has represented colleges, schools, retailers, hotel operators and developers in all phases of real estate development. He holds a J.D. from Boston College Law School and an A.B. from Brown University.

Michael F. McNally recently retired as one of nine members of Skanska's Senior Executive Team responsible for the company's $20 billion global construction and development operations. While he was president and CEO of Skanska USA it grew to be one of the largest construction/development companies in the US with annual revenues in excess of $7 billion. Previous to his retirement, McNally sat on the national board of directors for the ACE Mentoring Program, and the Association for the Improvement of American Infrastructure. He was also on the U.S. Chamber of Commerce's "Lets Rebuild America" leadership committee, Vice chairman of the New York Building Congress, and also the Co-Chair of the YMCA of Greater New York "Strong Kids" Campaign. Mr. McNally holds a BSCE degree from the University of Notre Dame and an MBA from the University of Rhode Island.


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