Governor Gina Raimondo has asked the Brookings Institution’s Metropolitan Policy Program to develop a new economic strategy for Rhode Island.
The Institution is a nonprofit, nonpartisan think tank known for its foreign policy and economic analysis. It's the latest group of outside scholars and consultants to be brought in to assist Raimondo's administration in developing new strategies and plans.
Fellows from the Brookings Institution will spend six months analyzing Rhode Island's industries and economic strengths and weaknesses. They'll propose initiatives to capitalize on those strengths and "reinvigorate the Ocean State economy," according to a statement from the Brookings Institution.
Revitalizing Rhode Island's sagging economy has been a consistent theme of Raimondo's administration since taking office earlier this year. The state's unemployment rate has declined to 5.9 percent in June from 6.5 percent in January.