BY Beth Comery
It’s always nice to get some exposure in the national press. Even if no one here is ever going to call it the “Knowledge District” we can all get behind the concept. Yesterday’s article by Elizabeth Abbott does a nice job of explaining the history and the scope of the plan, and of course our dream of creating jobs.
To foster more jobs, a group overseeing the growth of the knowledge economy, the Innovation Providence Implementation Council, has awarded $410,000 in seed money to companies, institutions and individuals in the areas of health care, technology, research and design, alternative energy and work force development. The grants are financed by sources including foundations, the chamber and the United States Economic Development Administration.
Of course, any mention of “The Chamber” should set off alarm bells, particularly when they throw around phrases like “grass-roots effort.” My take on the Chamber of Commerce definition of “grass-roots effort” is that corporations should be enticed to locate here with tax breaks while the “grass roots” make up the difference. Maybe I’m wrong.
And check out the gorgeous image of the Brown medical school on Richmond Street at night, taken by Dose fave photographer Ryan T. Conaty. (Seen here is my crappy pic — compare and contrast. But I do love these sidewalks. And there’s always zillions of bicycles tied up.) People should want to build a business here.