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Economic Development Committee Established

The Barrington Town Council has established an Economic Development Committee to study ways in which the Town can better serve local businesses and promote Barrington as a business-friendly community. Members of the new committee have been identified and the group has recently begun holding monthly meetings.

According to Town Council President June Speakman, the Economic Development Committee was created "to advise the Town on how best to serve the existing business community and attract new businesses to our beautiful town. Barrington is a great place to live, work and play with a first-rate school system, lovely homes and an ideal location on the Barrington River and East Bay area. We believe that our town is strongest with a thriving business community."

According to the founding mandate proposed by the Barrington Town Council, the Economic Development Committee is comprised of residents and business owners who are charged with investigating and evaluating strategies to boost Barrington's local economy, communicating with existing local and prospective businesses, and determining whether a part-time Business Liaison or Economic Development position should be created to facilitate procedures and act as ombudsman for local businesses.

The Town of Barrington is one of five communities selected for the Solarize Rhode Island program, which is designed to drive down the cost of installing a solar photovoltaic system on a home or business. RGS Energy is the selected installer for Barrington.

At 7:30 pm on Tuesday, Nov. 10, Town will host a "Solar 101" workshop where anyone interested can meet RGS Energy, learn about solar and take the first steps toward going solar! The workshop will be in the Council Chamber at Town Hall, 283 County Road.

Go to the Solarize Barrington! web page for more.


Project Updates

  • Police Cove Park. The contract to build a new park at Police Cove, located on County Road at the Barrington River Bridge, was awarded to William Anthony Excavating of North Kingstown, RI. Construction has begun, to continue through July/August. The Town has also contracted with a Rhode Island artist to fabricate and install a sculpture within a waterfront plaza at the park. More information can be found here.

  • More project information can be found in Top Topics.

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Solar in Action - Presentation Barrington resident Brian Vaughn gave a PowerPoint presentation recently at the White Church walking throughhis first-hand experience going solar. The PowerPoint is available here.

In addition, the Town now exempts solar panels from property tax assessments - adopted October 5, 2015 by Town Council..