Governor Raimondo

Governor Gina M. Raimondo will deliver her annual State of the State address virtually on Wednesday, February 3 at 7:00 p.m.

According to the Governor’s office, the State of the State will focus on the work that has been done over the past six years to build a stronger, more equitable and more resilient Rhode Island through investments in job training, economic development, education, health care, environmental progress, and more.

In order to protect the health and safety of Rhode Islanders, the address will be delivered remotely and carried live both on television and online on Capitol TV, local news networks, and on the Governor’s social media pages.

President-elect Biden nominated Governor Raimondo as Commerce Secretary earlier this month. Governor Raimondo and her office say that she will continue to serve as Governor of Rhode Island until her nomination hearing takes place, which is expected to happen in mid-February.

Lt. Governor Dan McKee will take over as Governor of Rhode Island when Raimondo officially joins the Biden administration.

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 -

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.
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