Rhode Island needs a strong, diverse, 21st-century economy that will create 21st-century jobs for our residents.
I believe in an economy that supports our many small businesses -- the backbone of the state's economy. We should also make use of our considerable strengths to develop new sources of business: our universities and hospitals, our growing high-tech and creative communities, and the potential for environmental "green" businesses.
As lieutenant governor, I will:
* Expand my Buy Local RI initiative, which encourages Rhode Islanders to buy from in-state sources and support our independent businesses, through my Main Street tours and the Buy Local RI searchable database that connects consumers and businesses with local vendors and products.
* Be a voice for independent businesses in Rhode Island as chair of the Small Business Advisory Council, working to make government a partner in every business's success.
* Seek passage of legislation that will create incentives for solar power in Rhode Island. Studies have shown that solar power creates more jobs per megawatt than other renewable energy sources.
* Support and facilitate the Brown-IBM initiative to bring an IBM supercomputing center to Rhode Island. The world-class research that will take place here as a result will have a tremendous impact on economic development in our state in key areas such as health care, alternative energy and education.