On Thursday, December 6 from 5:30-7:30 p.m. the Emerging Leaders of the Newport County Chamber of Commerce will host an After Hours Celebration at SALTwater in the Newport Harbor Hotel and Marina. During the event there will be a brief speaking program about the Chamber’s increased focus on economic development and innovation. Rhode Island Commerce Secretary Stefan Pryor will provide an update from Commerce RI about how the State of Rhode Island is approaching economic development and the importance of having a robust talent pipeline. Erin Donovan – Boyle, Executive Director of the Chamber will inform attendees about a brand refresh campaign to launch in 2019 that will begin with selecting a new name for the Chamber. During the event attendees will have the opportunity to suggest new names for the Chamber, an organization that will turn 100 years old in 2020.

All members of the Greater Newport business community are welcome to attend this event. The cost is $5.00 for Chamber Members and $10.00 for non-members. Complimentary appetizers will be served and a cash bar will be available. Please visit NewportChamber.com to register.

The Chamber would like to thank the Emerging Leaders of Newport County committee sponsors: Saltwater Restaurant and Corrigan Financial.

The Newport County Chamber of Commerce is one of Rhode Island’s largest business advocacy organizations formed to enhance the business, civic and economic vitality of Newport County and greater Rhode Island. Our purpose is to leverage the region’s core assets to find solutions in the areas that matter most to the business and community, quality jobs, quality growth and quality of life. It is the second largest chamber in the state with nearly 1100 members representing over 50,000 employees.

Ryan Belmore is the Publisher of What'sUpNewp. 
Belmore has been involved with What’sUpNewp since shortly after its launch in 2012, proudly leading it to be named Best Local News Blog in Rhode Island by Rhode Island Monthly readers in 2018, 2019, and 2020 and an honorable mention in the Common Good Awards in 2021.

Born and raised in Rhode Island, Belmore graduated from Coventry High School and the Community College of Rhode Island. In addition to living in Newport for 10 years, he has lived in Portsmouth, Coventry, Providence, Smithfield, Burrillville, and East Greenwich.

Belmore currently serves as Vice President of the Board Of Directors for Fort Adams Trust and on the Board of Directors for Potter League For Animals. He previously served on the Board of Lucy's Hearth and the Arts & Cultural Alliance for Newport County.

Belmore and his wife, Jen, currently live in Alexandria, Virginia, a move they made in 2021. Read more about that here - https://whatsupnewp.com/2021/09/letter-from-the-publisher-some-personal-news/

Belmore visits Newport every couple of weeks to support the 12+ paid contributors What'sUpNewp has on the ground across Rhode Island, a place he called home for 39 years.

Belmore is a member of Local Independent Online News (LION) Publishers, Society of Professional Journalists, and the North American Snowsports Journalists Association.

In 2020, Belmore was named Member of the Year by LION and won the Arts & Cultural Alliance of Newport County's Dominque Award.
Belmore can be contacted at ryan@whatsupnewp.com and 401-662-1653.