Raimondo to defense industry leaders: I've got a plan to help your businesses

Governor Raimondo on Thursday told area defense-industry leaders that she aims to transform Rhode Island's economy into one based on innovation.

"We need to move Rhode Island to a place with more innovation," Raimondo told the audience at the Defense Innovation Days conference hosted by the Southeastern New England Defense Industry Alliance.

She underscored the role defense businesses play.

"The defense industry is vitally important to Rhode Island's economy," Raimondo said, adding the it generates about $3.5 billion of yearly economic activity. "We need this industry to be here, grow here and continue to thrive here."

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