Economic Development

ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT AND BUSINESS

The Town Council has prioritized the need to promote economic development including business retention, expansion and location within North Kingstown. This effort is promoted by the North Kingstown Economic Development Advisory Board (EDAB) in partnership with the North Kingstown Chamber of Commerce and the Quonset Development Corporation.  The North Kingstown Economic Development function is located within the Department of Planning and Development - Town Hall Annex, 55 Brown Street, North Kingstown, RI  02852.  The Economic Development Manager, Paige R. Bronk, AICP, is the Point of Contact to proactively address business inquiries and needs. pbronk@northkingstown.org or (401) 268-1572.

NEW BUSINESS IN NORTH KINGSTOWN

North Kingstown is a highly attractive place to conduct business due its central location, amenities, transportation system, and overall quality of life.  See the community "Socio-Economic Highlights" file attached below.  Please click this link for a business "FLOW CHART" illustrating a one-page snapshot of how to open a North Kingstown business.  New businesses are relocating to, starting up, or expanding in North Kingstown due to the favorable community and quality growth.  Recent examples include: Village Veterinary Clinic, Carriage Inn and Saloon, BankNewport, Fat Bellys, Sears, Pedigo Electric Bike, Wickford Lumber, Sprigs, Borrelli's Bakery, Rhode Island Real Estate, Providence Coal Fired Pizza, Madge and Mobey, and Bravo Wood Fired Pizza.  In addition, the Town continous to support community and business through wise investments in critical environmental, utility, transportation, and recreation infrastructure.  Recent examples include road and commuter rail transportation improvements at Wickford Junction, sewer installation on southern Post Road, and Town Council support of two sewer referenda for Post Road North and Wickford Village commercial areas. North Kingstown recently completed a community wide market analysis providing strategic guidance regarding business and economic growth.

SEWERS IN NORTH KINGSTOWN

North Kingstown has taken steps to upgrade the existing wastewater system by planning for an installing sewers in targeted areas.  In 2013, a sewer line was installed in southern Post Road (south of Quonset and Route 403) which will be activated for service in 2014.  On June 17, 2014 North Kingstown voters passed two (2) referenda by an overwhelming majority (86%) to expand sewer service to northern Post Road (north of Quonset and Route 403) and also Wickford Village's commercial properties.  Please click this link "SEWER FACT SHEET"  for basic information.

WICKFORD ELEMENTARY SCHOOL REDEVELOPMENT PROJECT

North Kingstown is now seeking development teams interested in implementing the adaptive reuse of Wickford Elementary School.  The Request for Proposals (RFP) can be viewed through this link "WICKFORD ELEMENTARY SCHOOL REDEVELOPMENT PROJECT RFP." This 5 acre waterfront property includes a 33,000 square foot former school building.  There will be future sewer availability.  Please click this link for the Wickford Elementary Project Sheet.  Additional materials are available to prospective developers including a Town building code feasibility study (Link Here), boutique hotel/event center market demand study with financial projections (Link Here), Phase I environmental report (Link Here), CRMC and RIDEM communication and environmental determinations.  An older survey is provided (Link Here), but this will be amended shortly and will not be the final version for the parcel. The Zoning Certificate package is available (Link Here). Zoning dimensional requirements will be amended in the future to closely relate to the Town's final project award.

NORTH KINGSTOWN MARKET ANALYSIS PROJECT:  North Kingstown has completed an extensive community-wide market analysis project.  A final product presentation to the Town Council occurred on Monday, April 21, 2014. The individual parts of the product are posted below including the Executive Summary, Final Report, Phone Survey, Market Study Appendix, and Final Presentation.  Click this link for the the full, complete "North Kingstown Market Analysis Product" (cover to cover).  

NEW ECONOMIC REPORTS FOR WICKFORD JUNCTION:  Wickford Junction has been identified as a North Kingstown growth center and TOD/TDR programs have recently been approved for Wickford Junction. New socio-economic data for Wickford Junction can be accessed through the attachment below (Wickford Junction Phase I).  In addition, a new "Fiscal Impact Analysis" report for Wickford Junction is available below addressing net impacts as a result of potential full build out.  The "Fiscal Impact Analysis" illustrates an annual net benefit of over $1,230,914 after considering revenues and costs (service and school costs). 

ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT ADVISORY BOARD (EDAB):

Approved EDAB priorities for 2013/2014 include the following:

  •     Secure an Economic Development Manager to serve as liaison/Point of Contact for EDAB, businesses (existing and new) and the development community.
  •     Complete an independently developed comprehensive North Kingstown market analysis.
  •     Develop a business/development incentive portfolio.
  •     Identify and use metrics/measures to track progress.
  •     Create a North Kingstown economic development website.
  •     Post a database of commercial properties for development on the website.
  •     Develop North Kingstown promotional material for business development.
  •     Create a narrative economic development strategy and program plan.
  •     Review and provide recommendations on the development review process.
  •     Plan for the redevelopment of key municipal, state, and federal parcels.
  •     Coordinate with the Quonset Development Corporation.
  •     Participate with State government regarding statewide economic development initiatives.

The EDAB created the WICKFORD ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT ADVISORY BOARD (WEDAB) in August 2013 to help promote existing businesses and economic development within Wickford Village. WEDAB's approved mission is as follows:

  •     Identify strategies to increase vitality and reduce vacancies within Wickford;
  •     Recommend appropriate redevelopment opportunities and concepts within Wickford;
  •     Assist to sustain existing businesses withing Wickford by addressing needs and issues;
  •     Identify existing and future physical and other needs for the Wickford business community including infrastructure, transportation, harbor, amenities, and marketing.
  •     Recommend creative economic development approaches and new business as supported by the Wickford business community.

Also, a recent Wickford promotional news story was completed and the video can be seen by clicking HERE.

ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT TAX INCENTIVES:

The North Kingstown Town Council approved the attached tax incentive program that phases tax benefits over a six (6) year timeframe for manufacturing or commercial uses (a recent amendment added retail uses). In addition, North Kingstown "Arts and Entertainment" businesses will realize State of Rhode Island tax benefits effective December 1, 2013. 

Economic Development links of interest:
    North Kingstown Economic Development Advisory Board
    North Kingstown Chamber of Commerce 
    Quonset Development Corporation
    US Chamber of Commerce
    Federal - US Business Advisor
    Federal - Small Business Administration
    RI-netWORKri Connecting Jobs and People
    RI-Department of Administration 
    RI-Small Business Development Corporation
    RI-Small Business Advisory Council
    RI Business Votes