Executive Order 97-13
December 12, 1997
WHEREAS, the Greater Providence-Warwick Convention and Visitors' Bureau (the "CVB") was created approximately two vears ago through legislation contained in R.I. Gen. Laws § 42-63.1-11 to assist in attracting visitors to our State; and
WHEREAS, the budget of the CVB is comprised of over $51.5 million of State hotel tax money, which includes over 3,500,000 from the Convention Center Authority; and
WHEREAS, Rhode Island taxpayers spend more than $20 million each year to support debt service on the Convention Center; and
WHEREAS, the effectiveness of the CVB is vital to increase use of the Convention Center and to tourism; and
WHEREAS, a review of the effectiveness of the CVB by an independent Blue Ribbon task force will assist the CVB in its mission.
NOW, THEREFORE, I, LINCOLN ALMOND, by virtue of the authority vested in me as Governor of the State of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations, do hereby order as fellows:
1. There is established a Blue Ribbon Task Force to assess the operation of and provide recommendations to enhance the effectiveness of the Greater Providence-Warwick Convention and Visitors' Bureau.
Lieutenant Governor Bernard Jackvony who shall serve as Co-Chairman;
Thomas Souza, Executive Vice-President of Collette Travel, who shall also serve as Co-chairman;
Senator Theresa Paiva-Weed; Representative Kenneth Carter;
John Swen, Director of the Economic Development Corporations-James Winoker, Chairman, Providence Foundations-Dean Holt, Chairman of the Board of Directors, Providence Chamber of Commerce;
Dale Venturini, President of the Rhode Island Hospitality Association;
Patricia McLaughlin, Esq., Assistant Solicitor for the City of Providence/Barbara Caniglia, Director of Economic Development for the City of Warwick;
Nancy Reed, State President of the Rhode Island Alliance of Social Service Employees (RIASSE); and
Monica Cayer, General Manager of the Residence Inn bv Marriot.
This Executive Order shall take effect immediately upon the date thereof.