R 275
2017 -- S 0909
Enacted 05/18/2017

S E N A T E   R E S O L U T I O N

Introduced By: Senators Goodwin, Metts, Jabour, Goldin, and Quezada
Date Introduced: May 18, 2017

     WHEREAS, May 18th of 2017, has been chosen as a day for the people of the City of
Providence and residents across Rhode Island to celebrate our state's Creative Capital; and
     WHEREAS, Providence has a long and distinguished history that goes back more than
375 years, beginning when Roger Williams first came to the area in search of religious freedom
and named his new home "Providence"; and
     WHEREAS, Providence began as a refuge for a man leaving religious persecution, and
has long served as a home to welcome immigrants from every nation and continues to be a
leading community that advocates for and welcomes immigrants, refugees, students and visitors
from around the world; and
     WHEREAS, The City of Providence has a rich history as a cultural, manufacturing and
economic center of Southern New England, and is home to much storied architecture; and
     WHEREAS, The City of Providence was voted "America's Coolest City" by GQ
Magazine for its creative food scene and innovative entrepreneurship; and
     WHEREAS, The City of Providence serves as home to the first ever Providence
International Arts Festival, known thereafter as PVDFEST; and
     WHEREAS, Providence's proud economic history as a jewelry and manufacturing center
for the Northeast now manifests itself in the city's emerging leadership in the academic, health
care, life sciences, and hospitality sectors; and
     WHEREAS, Providence is home to a majority of Rhode Island's economic activity, and a
successful and thriving City of Providence is critical to a successful and thriving Rhode Island;
     WHEREAS, Mayor Jorge O. Elorza was elected Mayor on a pledge to make One
Providence, uniting residents from across neighborhoods, economic backgrounds, and racial and
ethnic differences, and to strengthen the City with a long-term view towards creating a
prosperous future; now, therefore be it
     RESOLVED, That this Senate of the State of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations
hereby declares May 18th, 2017, to be "ONE PROVIDENCE DAY" in the State of Rhode Island;
and be it further
     RESOLVED, That this Senate hereby joins the residents of Providence in celebrating our
state's Capital for its contributions to Rhode Island's past, present and future; and be it further
     RESOLVED, That the Secretary of State be and hereby is authorized and directed to
transmit duly certified copies of this resolution to the Honorable Jorge O. Elorza, Mayor of the
City of Providence, and to the members of the Providence City Council.