America's Cup May Bring 8,000+ Jobs To Rhode Island
Several officials updated Rhode Island on the potential benefits of the America's Cup event coming to Newport.
Officials gathered for a press conference this morning at the International Yacht Restoration School (IYRS) to discuss the positive benefits hosting the 34th America's Cup event would have on Newport and Rhode Island's economy. The briefing included speakers Terry Nathan, President of the IYRS, Jody Sullivan, Executive Director of the Newport County Chamber of Commerce, Joe Iacoi, President of the South Kingston Chamber of Commerce, Captain Brian Moore of the Jamestown Ferry, Martha Parker, found and owner of Team One Newport, David Eaton, general manager or Conway Tours / Rhode Island Gray Line, and Keith Stokes, executive director of the Rhode Island Economic Development Corporation.
Stokes gave an update on the benefits of bringing the event to Newport, which include large-scale improvements to Fort Adams, increased tourism and over 8,000 jobs for Rhode Island workers.
"One of the most important aspects of really pushing this forward was the justified economic returns," said Stokes during the press conference.
Patch was there to captured some of the highlights. The featured video is footage of the public press conference. The second video shows Keith Stokes answering questions from the media.