OVERVIEW OF REGION
When a company starts to weigh the hard evidence on where it should locate,factors other than quality of life win out. Northern Rhode Island, however, is a location like no other. It has beaches as accessible as interstates, cultural capitals as close as international airports. Plus a wide array of affordable housing options as well as access to a skilled labor market. An investment here gives you Greater Boston, less than an hour away, without the cost of congestion. Add the exciting and revitalized capital city of Providence, a short 15 minute drive. And throw in New England's second largest metro area, Worcester, Massachusetts, just half an hour away. And that's just north and west. To the scenic east and south are Newport, Cape Cod, the South County beaches... No wonder corporations like Hasbro, A.T. Cross, AMICA and CVS/Mark Steven have made their headquarters in Northern Rhode Island. Along with numerous small, specialized manufacturers who develop and utilize highly advanced technologies to serve an ever expanding global market place. And as an enticement at the local level, five of the region's municipalities are adopting continuous process improvement methodologies to redesign local permit and regulatory processes so that they can be more responsive and accountable to the needs of industry.