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Chamber Involvement

Federal: NRICC is a member of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce & enjoys a close working relationship with the regional staff.

Local: The chamber has relationships with all Northern RI chief elected officials & responds to issues as needed or requested.

State: NRICC has a contract lobbyist at the state level.

RI Chamber of Commerce Coalition: This lobbying partnership represents ten Chambers of Commerce and more than 7,500 member businesses throughout Rhode Island.

RI Business Coalition: A diverse coalition of over 30 business trade associations, including several of the state's Chambers of Commerce, formed to address and study Rhode Island's economic challenges. They also provide suggestions for making the business climate more competitive.

NRI Chamber Political Action Committee (PAC)
The Chamber PAC raises funds to support incumbents and candidates that are in sync without ideological views on business issues. The PAC cannot accept corporate contributions. We can accept contributions from individuals and from other PACs.

Rhode Island Small Business Development Center Advisory Board:
The Rhode Island Small Business Development Center (RISBDC) strengthens Rhode Island small business through counseling, training, research, and related services, to contribute to the growth of the Rhode Island and national economy. The (RISBDC) contributes to the growth of the Rhode Island economy by providing realistic and comprehensive support to prospective and existing entrepreneurs at all stages of growth, from start-up through the transition.

Downtown Woonsocket Collaborative (DWC): The DWC is a non-profit organization of board members and volunteers dedicated to improving and promoting downtown Woonsocket.

Broad Street Regeneration Initiative: The Broad Street Regeneration Initiative board is a collaborative effort between Central Falls, Cumberland, Pawtucket, and the Blackstone Valley Tourism Council. They seek to engage local community leaders and mobilize local businesses, residents and other stakeholders towards the revitalization of Broad Street.

EDUCATION:

Career and Education Trust (CTE): The CTE Trust is a not-for-profit corporation that develops partnerships with various employers to create internships and other opportunities for student learning, provide advisory assistance to the Board of Trustees, and raise funds for the organization.

Davies Career and Technical High School : Davies is a state-operated local education agency (LEA) governed by an independent, business-led Board of Trustees. It is located in Lincoln, RI and serves students from six sending districts (3 urban, 3 suburban): Central Falls, Lincoln, North Providence, Pawtucket, Providence, and Smithfield.

Cumberland High School Business Advisory Board
This group of business leaders and educators meet quarterly to discuss/plan the development of student/career curriculum and activities such as career days and other opportunities to expose students to the world of work.

Workforce Development: The Governor's Workforce Board (GWB) is RI's primary policy-making board on workforce development matters. The GWB invests in a range of programs and services that serve hundreds of companies and thousands of workers annually through Real Jobs RI, internships, and incumbent worker training. The GWB uses part of the assessment of the employer's taxable payroll to find initiatives to help employers meet their demand for talent.

The NRI Career Academy: With funding from the Real Jobs initiative, trains unemployed and underemployed adults with the necessary essential skills, as well as occupational skills, to find entry-level positions in the workplace.