Im pleased the governor had the opportunity to take in a lot of the comings and goings of this part of the capital city, Senator Pichardo said. Obviously, Im very proud of our district and what it has to offer. But I think it was also apparent to Governor Chafee that there is a lot more work to be done and that these neighborhoods could benefit from further revitalization efforts. Right now is a very exciting time for Elmwood, the West End and the Reservoir Triangle.
During the tour, the senator was able to relay updates on how the states upcoming repavement of Elmwood Avenue can improve the economic conditions of businesses along the vital roadway. He also pointed to revitalization efforts in the residential area, as well as space in the communitys industrial park as signs of growing activity and potential in the neighborhood.
District landmarks, such as the Cranston Street Armory and Roger Williams Park, also play a role in reviving the district to a hub of activity, Senator Pichardo said.
The tour ended at HiTEP, where the facilitys owners spoke about the benefits of their services in District 2. HiTEP is a vocational school training both Hispanics and non-Hispanics in various fields, including nursing, customer service, computer/digital skills and job development skills. Also included in the speaking program was Jr Neville Songwe of Urban Ventures, a nonprofit organization formed to provide non-employer firms, micro-entrepreneurs and micro-businesses with business development assistance.
Before departing, the governor and the senator were able to participate in a meet and greet with other district business owners. They collectively discussed neighborhood improvements, challenges to revitalization and obstacles standing in the way of small businesses.
Overall, I think the tour was a success and the business owners were able to get as much out of this as we did, Senator Pichardo said. Active, open discussions in the community are often where positive change is born.