Annual economic forum March 13 examines role of health care industry in job creation, long-run economic development

February 21st, 2012

SMITHFIELD, R.I. - The importance of the health care industry to Rhode Island's economy will be a topic of discussion at the third annual Rhode Island Economic Forum to be held from 8 a.m.-2 p.m. at Bryant University on Tuesday, March 13.

The forum, which is free and open to the public, features discussion and debate among business, government and academic leaders from Rhode Island and the region. Register online here.

(Journalists who would like to cover the forum should contact Tracie Sweeney, director of public relations, at 401-232-6183 or send e-mail to

The forum includes two panel discussions — "Long-Run Economic Development in Rhode Island" and "The Health Care Industry and Job Creation in Rhode Island" — and a keynote presentation by William K. Wray, chief operating officer, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Rhode Island, who will discuss "Healthcare and a Healthy Economy: A Prescription for Change."

A complete agenda is online.


Keywords: Center for Regional and Global Economic Studies, economic development, events, Rhode Island