State’s tourism regions re-launch Buy Local RI

December 8, 2020 – Rhode Island’s small businesses bracing for a long, cold winter got a spark of excitement today when the state’s tourism regions announced a partnership with the Rhode Island Foundation and BankNewport to revive the Foundation’s iconic “Buy Local RI” campaign.
“Small businesses are the backbone of Rhode Island’s economy, we all know someone who is connected as an employee or owner – they are our friends and neighbors, and need our support,” said Neil D. Steinberg, president and chief executive officer of the Rhode Island Foundation. “As the state’s community foundation we’re glad to partner with BankNewport and the state’s tourism regions to bring this campaign to life.”
The Foundation has lent the regions the use of the brand, and the website BuyLocalRI.org for the promotion, which centers on a listing of “100 Ways to Buy Local in Rhode Island.” The Foundation and BankNewport are also providing financial support for an advertising campaign that will run from December through February.
“As a true community bank, we are committed to investing in the myriad of small businesses that make up the unique fabric of Rhode Island,” said Wendy Kagan, Executive Vice President and Director of

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