The Newport County Chamber of Commerce announced today that they will welcome Congressman David Cicilline to Newport at their next Politics & Pancakes event on April 24. The Congressman will provide insight into planned Federal legislative activity in the House of Representatives. A Q&A session will follow the speaking program.

“We are so fortunate in RI to have such accessible Congressional delegates, who take the time to meet with the business community and inform us of the important issues being discussed in Washington, D.C.,” said Erin Donavan-Boyle, Executive Director of the Newport County Chamber of Commerce in a press release, “we look forward to this important and insightful event.”

The Politics & Pancakes event will take place Wednesday, April 24 at 8:00 a.m. at the Newport Marriot. The cost is $45 for Chamber members, $55 for non-members. Tickets can be purchased online at

The Politics & Pancakes Series is dedicated to bringing government officials and leaders to Greater Newport to discuss issues impacting the business community. This series was spearheaded by the Chamber’s Government Affairs Committee, which reviews, develops, and supports issues that promote a positive, pro-active economic environment with social progress and enhanced quality of life. The Chamber believes that laws and regulations should serve the public without acting as a detriment to business development and growth.

The Newport County Chamber of Commerce is one of the state’s largest business advocacy organizations, whose mission is to connect, innovate, enhance and advocate for the businesses of Greater Newport. As a trusted and reliable institution for nearly 100 years, the Newport County Chamber is a vibrant collective body of the greater Newport business community with nearly 1,100 members representing over 50,000 employees. We work to create valuable strategic partnerships, promote strong economic growth, diversity and prosperity to serve its members and the Greater Newport region.

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