Nine business and labor organizations have now endorsed a new public ballpark for Pawtucket, "The Ballpark at Slater Mill", which would revitalize both Downtown Pawtucket and its Blackstone Riverfront.
Today's endorsement came from the Rhode Island Hispanic Chamber of Commerce. These follow the East Providence Chamber of Commerce, the Newport Chamber of Commerce, the Northern Rhode Island Chamber of Commerce, the Rhode Island AFL-CIO, the Greater Providence Chamber of Commerce, the Rhode Island Building & Construction Trades Council, Grow Smart Rhode Island, and the Central Rhode Island Chamber of Commerce, who have all previously announced their support.
"We understand that a new stadium will accelerate high economic development, not just for Downtown Pawtucket, but also for the surrounding cities Central Falls, Lincoln, and Cumberland," said Oscar Mejias, Board President, Rhode Island Hispanic Chamber of Commerce. "An increase in the number of visitors will benefit the different businesses near the stadium and its vicinity, which we consider an advantage to our Latino business community located in the areas aforementioned."
"We hope that this joint effort, between The PawSox', the city of Pawtucket and the state of Rhode Island, has a true impact on the Latino Businesses, the workers that will be hired, and on the community in general," Mejias added."
"The PawSox are grateful and proud to have the support of the Rhode Island Hispanic Chamber of Commerce for Pawtucket's ballpark project," said PawSox Chairman, Larry Lucchino. "The Ballpark at Slater Mill will provide opportunity and be a valuable civic asset for every Rhode Island community, and help to transform Pawtucket."
It's projected by labor leaders that The Ballpark at Slater Mill will include between 12%-15% Hispanic labor, which will equate to over 70 jobs for members of the Latin community.
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