Mayor Brett P. Smiley and Director of the Department of Art, Culture, Tourism (ACT) Joe Wilson Jr. today announced the return of PVDFest, Providence’s signature arts festival, happening September 8-10, 2023. PVDFest 2023 will bring the City together once again to celebrate Providence’s world-renowned artistic, cultural, and culinary communities.
Mayor Brett P. Smiley announced Moody's Investors Service has upgraded the City of Providence's issuer rating from Baa1 to A3 and reported a stable financial outlook. This is the second consecutive rating increase this fiscal year. In November 2022, Fitch Ratings increased the City’s credit rating to A, the first A rating the City has received from them since 2011.
Mayor Brett Smiley, Director of Public Works Patricia Coyne Fague and Providence Emergency Management Agency (PEMA) Director Clara Decerbo are warning residents to take precautions as the Providence-area expects strong winds and heavy, wet snow.
Today, Mayor Brett Smiley announced Cassandra Thomas as Director of Economic Development for the City of Providence. Thomas is an experienced professional that brings a community-centric and innovation-driven approach to economic development, focused on creating high quality jobs and building a more resilient future for communities.
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City of Providence Formally Apologizes
On August 25, 2022, Mayor Elorza signed an Executive Order constituting a formal municipal apology for African enslavement, urban renewal policies and practices and acknowledgment of harms to African Heritage and Indigenous communities caused by racial discrimination.
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PVD Rescue Plan
Providence has received $166 million dollars from the U.S. Treasury to make a catalytic investments in our City’s future. Rescue Plan funds can be used to respond to the COVID-19 public health emergency or its negative economic impacts. Learn how you can apply for funding opportunities or engage in the City's Rescue Plan here.
Read The Providence Reparations Commission Report
On August 22, 2022, the City received a detailed report from the Providence Municipal Reparations Commission outlining the Commission’s findings, including a series of recommendations to advance reparations, defined by the Commission as “closing the present-day racial wealth and equity gap.” The report follows two years of engagement driven by Mayor Elorza’s community-driven Executive Order committing the City to a process of Truth, Reconciliation, and municipal Reparations for Black, Indigenous People, and other People of Color. Read the report here.