Mayor Brett P. Smiley today announced the upcoming return of complimentary two-hour shopping in Providence business corridors during the holiday season. The program runs from Friday, November 24, 2023 through Monday, January 1, 2024. “This holiday season and throughout the year, we can make a tremendous impact on the livelihood of the many businesses owners who make Providence such an incredible place to live, work, and visit,” said Mayor Smiley. “I encourage you to explore our neighborhoods and to shop small and local for your holiday gifts.”
Mayor Smiley and Colonel Perez today announced the Providence Police Department is the recipient of a $2.5 Million Community Oriented Policing (COPS) Hiring Program Grant from the US Department of Justice (USDOJ) intended to hire additional officers. This award is one of the largest awards in the country, and is further supplemented by a $220,000 COPS Community Policing Development (CPD) Grant that will provide officers with de-escalation training and further strengthen Providence’s commitment to building strong relationships within the community.
Mayor Brett P. Smiley today announced the City of Providence is now accepting nominations for its twenty-first annual Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Hall of Fame induction ceremony. Individuals inducted to the MLK Hall of Fame are civic leaders that support the legacy of Dr. King and embody his work here in Providence.
Mayor Brett P. Smiley today announced Providence’s perfect score on the Human Right Campaign’s Municipal Equality Index (MEI). The City has earned this grade every year since 2014 and remains the only eligible city in Rhode Island to receive such high marks. This year 129 out of 506 eligible cities nationwide achieved 100-point scores.
Through our once-a-decade update of the Providence Comprehensive Plan, we are convening the diverse perspectives of our neighbors, local businesses and community members to create policies and practices that reflect our community's vision for the future of Providence.
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