Why Working Professionals Love The Ocean State

Published 06/13/2017

Rhode Island is a small state with big opportunities. In addition to amazing food fare and easy travel options for busy lifestyles, Rhode Island lawmakers recently added a slew of new grants and tax incentives aimed at growing small businesses. Whether your goal is to jump-start the next stage of your career or launch a new business, Rhody is a great place to feed your desire for professional success. Read on for all the ways people love our country’s smallest state!

 Rhode Island’s small size makes it perfect for enjoying its scenic parks by day and city life by night. With a size of only about 1500 square miles, it’s a short drive to literally hundreds of fun destinations. This proximity makes it a great place for job seekers and working professionals: we’re a short drive from Boston and just a few hours’ train ride to New York City. For travelers who want the ultimate in efficiency and convenience, Warwick’s TF Green Airport can’t be beat. This minimal-frills airport features a few staple restaurants and dozens of safe, affordable parking options nearby. Its modest culinary offering is a small price to pay for a quick hop through security--especially as compared to the bustle and crowds of Boston’s Logan Airport.

 Another advantage of coming to the Ocean State is that its modest size makes for smoother communication with elected officials. State and local government cooperation can be an important part of new business growth because many social entrepreneurs want to work on policy changes. Rhode Island is also a great test market for new products and ideas because of our moderate demographics. And the local vibe here means you’ll stand out instead of getting lost in the shuffle; it’s easy to get feedback by meeting and talking to people because our communities are close together.

 Rhode Island is also the perfect place for working stiffs who love the seasons but are looking for a little less snow. We get much of the same precipitation that can make east coast commuting a hassle, but to a lesser degree. This is because of how much of our coastline hugs the water. While Rhodies still enjoy the four seasons in all their glory, we don’t get pummeled with the same frigid temps as professionals struggling to get to the office in Chicago, Boston, or the twin cities.

 Our state also draws talented workers with its many educational institutions, boasting the highest amount of colleges and universities per capita in the nation. In fact, much of our City Personnel staff are proud alumni of such schools as URI and Johnson & Wales. There are over half a dozen schools in the Providence area alone, including such top-ranked names as Brown, RISD, and Roger Williams. This intellectual climate is great for new business development and networking opportunities, as well as mentorship support for entrepreneurs. This also makes it easier for working folks to pursue or complete their degree alongside their current career endeavors.

 Finally, did we mention the food? All work and no play makes Rhode Islanders cranky, and our workforce needs food choices that can keep up with our dynamic schedules. Rhode Island’s culinary offering is some of the best in the country due to an eclectic combination of cultures and flavors. Scrumptious local seafood can be found from border to border, and authentic Italian cooking in Providence’s Federal Hill is perfect for work meetings and entertaining new business prospects. And then there’s coffee-milk, Rhode Island’s official drink. This velvety concoction of milk and coffee syrup will have you ready to take on those those extra long work days. For even more local flavor, try a classic Olneyville hot dog. Make sure to order yours “all the way” to reward your workweek hustle with Rhode Island’s signature onion, mustard, and meat sauce toppings. Bon appetit, Rhodies!

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