Knowledge Economy

Advancing the state’s Knowledge Economy has been one of the Chamber's top economic development priorities. The goal is to unleash and commercialize the talent in the region to accelerate economic growth. The focus has been on Rhode Island's key competitive advantages:

  • Creativity and design
  • Food science innovation
  • Ocean and marine technology
  • Medical devices
  • Brain science

Benchmarking the RI Knowledge Economy

Benchmarking the Rhode Island Knowledge Economy is a compilation of twenty-three different indicators measuring Rhode Island’s capacity and progress toward competing in a knowledge-driven and science and technology based economy. The data for Rhode Island is compared with aggregate U.S.data and New England as a whole, as well as the 27 EPSCoR states, which are those that have been designated by the National Science Foundation as part of the Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (EPSCoR).

Existing areas of strength for Rhode Island (Rhode Island’s performance is ranked within the top 20 states): Per Capita Income; High Speed Internet Access; Patents Issued Per 1,000 Residents; Venture Capital Investments; Total R&D Performance; Academic R&D Performance; Not-For-Profit R&D Performance; Federal R&D Obligations; Science and Engineering Degrees Awarded; and Education Attainment – percent of population 25 years or older with a BA or higher degree.

Areas in which Rhode Island has shown improvement during the last five years: Gross State Product Growth; Per Capita Income; High Speed Internet Access; Patents (Utilities Only) Issued to Universities and Colleges; Academic R&D Performance; Federal R&D Obligations; Math Scores for 8th Graders (4 Year Trend); Science and Engineering Degrees Awarded; and Education Attainment – percent of population 25 years or older with a BA or higher degree. 

Click here for the 2012 Benchmarking the Rhode Island Knowledge Economy Index.

Committee Members

Alden M. Anderson Jr.

CB Richard Ellis/New England

Dan Baudouin

The Providence Foundation

Jim Bennett

City of Providence

Andrea Castaneda

Rhode Island Department of Elementary & Secondary Education (RIDE)

Jessica Cigna 

Housing Works RI

Bethany Costello 

Rhode Island School of Design 

Vice Chair Donna Cupelo

Verizon Communications

Albert A. Dahlberg

Brown University

Adriana Dawson

Roger Williams University

Daniel Egan

Association of Independent Colleges & Universities of RI

Sherry Flaherty

Amgen Inc.

Deborah A. Gist

Rhode Island Department of Elementary & Secondary Education (RIDE)

Gary Glassman

Providence Pictures, Inc.

Katherine Gordon 

Brown University

Jose-Marie Griffiths

Bryant University

Daniel Harper

Siren Marine, Inc.

Katharine Hazard Flynn

University of Rhode Island

Tim Hebert

Atrion Networking Corporation

Mark Higgins

University of Rhode Island

Richard G. Horan

Slater Technology Fund, Inc.

Chair Constance A. Howes, Esq, FACHE

Care New England

Charles Kroll

Andera, Inc.

Steve Lane Vice Chair

Ximedica

Larry Larson

Brown University

Adam Leonard

Association of Independent Colleges & Universities of RI

Kenneth Levy

Food Innovation Nexus

Steven J. Maurano

Providence College

Sylvia Maxfield

Providence College

Peter Ottmar

TWOBOLT

Stacy Paterno

Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Rhode Island

Edward J. Quinlan

Marisa Quinn

Brown University

John Robitaille

Johnson & Wales University

Barbara Schoenfeld

Brooks Houghton & Co., Inc.

Christine Smith

RI Science Technology Advisory Council

Peter Snyder Vice Chair

Lifespan

Gerald Sonnenfeld

University of Rhode Island

Richard Spies

RRS Consulting

Angel Taveras

City of Providence

Jeffrey M. Taylor

The Mayforth Group

Allan Tear

Betaspring

Michael S. Van Leesten

The Van Leesten Group, LLC

Laurie White

Greater Providence Chamber of Commerce

Peter Wilbur

Roger Williams University

Max Winograd

NuLabel Technologies, Inc.

Contact the Chamber

Phone: 401-521-5000
Fax: 401-621-6109
Email: chamber@provchamber.com
Address:  30 Exchange Terrace
Providence RI 02903
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