Mayor Jorge Elorza has been in office at Providence City Hall for nearly three months now, but if you look at the city’s official economic development web site, you might come to the conclusion that Angel Taveras is still mayor.
The lead page for the city’s Department of Economic Development is seriously outdated. It lists such posts as "Mayor Taveras joins Graffiti Task Force" and mentions that the 6th Annual Hope Street Winter Stroll returns on Dec. 4 of 2014. The site also has a link to a leadership conference for women in New England that took place last year and an on-line government contracting seminar scheduled for August, 2014.
Some parts of the web site have been updated, particularly the arts, culture and tourism pages, where director Lynne McCormack has posted up to date material. One would think that despite a vacancy in the economic development post, that some other Internet savvy City Hall operative could provide current information on the city site, particularly this week, with the NCAA Regional Hockey Tournament coming to the Dunkin Donut Center this weekend. Thousands of hockey fans are scheduled to throng downtown Providence for this hockey event that Providence captured in competition with many other cities.
Elorza spokesperson Evan England attributed the moldy web site to the fact that the mayor has yet to appoint a new economic development director to replace Jimmy Bennett, who held the post when Taveras was mayor and resigned when Elorza took over in January. (Bennett, of the hockey-playing Bennett family, was a Brown University hockey star who worked diligently to bring the NCAA tournament to Providence).
"The search for an economic development director is ongoing," said England. He said the site will be updated when a new director takes the post.