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Rep. Lauren H. Carson (D-Dist. 75, Newport)

Representative Carson will co-host her next constituent meeting with the Newport Energy and Environment Commission on Monday, Oct. 21, at 6 p.m. at the Newport Library in the Program Room.

This special meeting will feature a presentation by Shaun O’Rourke, director of stormwater and resiliency for the Rhode Island Infrastructure Bank.  The mission of the bank is to actively support and finance investments in the state’s infrastructure. The Infrastructure Bank does so through a variety of means, including the issuance of bonds, originating loans and making grants, and the engagement with and mobilization of sources of public and private capital. Through its activities, the bank fosters infrastructure improvements that create jobs, promote economic development and enhance the environment.

This regular meeting of the Energy and Environment Commission will include a brief update their mission and initiatives and a brief update from Representative Carson on her work this fall before the presentation by the Infrastructure Bank.

“Resiliency is an issue that deeply affects everyone in Newport, particularly property owners. We are all at risk from the damages of ever more frequent flooding. While I’m always happy to speak with a constituent about any issue that’s on their mind, I’m particularly eager to get people together for a discussion that centers on what we can do to make our community more resilient.  This issue has been one of the major focuses of my work, and the more public conversation we have about resiliency, the better prepared we will be to take proactive steps to protect our community. I look forward to an informative discussion, and invite everyone in District 75 to join us,” said Carson in a press release.

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