Gov. Gina Raimondo to welcome SSTI Annual Conference attendees

August 15, 2019

Gov. Gina RaimondoSSTI and conference host Rhode Island Commerce Corporation are pleased to announce Gov. Gina Raimondo is scheduled to deliver welcoming remarks during the opening plenary session and officially kick off SSTI’s Annual Conference in Providence on September 10!

Gov. Raimondo became the state’s first female governor when she was first elected in 2014 and won re-election in 2018 for a second term. Prior to becoming governor, she worked as the General Treasurer of Rhode Island, spearheading landmark pension reform that would help reorder and ensure the state’s fiscal stability.

During her tenure, the governor has made advancements in education, innovation, and economic development a centerpiece of her economic growth plans. She is also working to make the state a national leader on college affordability and installed Rhode Island’s Promise, allowing two years of free college community college to every in-state student. She has worked to kick-start the state’s economy, and her economic development programs have helped lead the largest drop in the unemployment rate in the country. Her programs aim to increase collaboration, better attract entrepreneurs, create jobs, encourage existing businesses to grow, and foster innovation throughout state government.

Prior to running for public office in 2010, she was involved in dozens of successful start-up companies across Rhode Island, served as senior vice president at Village Ventures, and co-founded the private equity firm, Point Judith Capital. Gov. Raimondo graduated magna cum laude from Harvard and received her Juris Doctor degree from Yale Law School. She later won a Rhodes scholarship to Oxford University, where she earned a doctorate.

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