“Providence’s Growing Knowledge District: a Real Jewel”

Great things are happening in Providence’s growing Knowledge District. Aligned with our capital city’s downtown and ‘eds and meds’ corridor, exciting private, public and institutional developments are occuring to make this a premier place to locate your life-science, design, engineering or technology company.

With world-class colleges and universities such as Brown University, Rhode Island School of Design, Johnson & Wales University, University of Rhode Island, Roger Williams University, Bryant University and more within immediate proximity, growth is its only option.

Affordable properties with immediate access to two interstate highways, a soon-to-be international airport, AMTRAK and Providence & Worcester rail lines, and one of the Northeast’s deepest ports, Providence’s Knowledge District is easy to reach and affords inexpensive transport goods and services. It is also the historic Jewelry District of Providence, long known for its design and manufacturing excellence and, today, for its advanced manufacturing excellence for the life sciences, R&D and information technology.

With plans for the near future for a streetcar system that would link the ‘eds and meds’ thoughout this district, and with its proximity to the seat of government (federal, state and local), as well as its affordable housing at many price points, award-winning quality of life and outstanding great restaurants, theatre and a $190 million annual creative economy, we offer prospective business leaders and their employees many reasons to call Providence home and to grow in the Knowledge District.

Within the Knowledge District, we offer world-class hospitals and institutions such as Women and Infants, Rhode Island Hospital and nearby Butler Hospital (psychiatric research,) the Veterans Hospital with hundreds of millions of dollars in brain research, the Brown University Sidney Frank Hall for Life Sciences – a $100 million venture, and ICERM – a $15.5-million Institute for Computational and Experimental Research in Mathematics. ICERM is the eighth federally-funded national mathematics research institute and the only one in New England, studying the convergence of mathematics and computation.

Rhode Island School of Design, founded in 1877 during the Industrial Revolution, was named a design school to show how important it was to the economy with its textile and jewelry manufacturing leadership. And it continues to be important to our economy today.

Witness, too, the independent researchers and scientists – from EpiVax with their HIV/AIDS international vaccine work to NabSys’ work in double helix genome research to Edesias Global Nutrition Solutions’ work addressing starvation in 3rd world countries to Maternova, partnering technology and products with women and newborns across the globe.

We have 22 acres of developable land within the Knowledge District, which was newly-opened up with the relocation of Interstate 195. Take a closer look at it and see for yourself the possibilities.

Call Jim Bennett, Director of Economic Development at 401.680.8541 to schedule a site tour, and for more information, visit www.providenceri.com/economic-development.


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