Since early summer, we have been sharing the discovered truth of our report, A Matter of Truth, at community meetings and virtual events. Most recently, we have partnered with a Coalition of partners to launch the Reconciliation phase, where Roger Williams University, Providence Cultural Equity Institute, African American Ambassador Group, Providence Public Library and the City of Providence will engage residents, organizations, and institutions in discussing these truths. To engage in this work, please provide your input and perspective by participating in a newly launched survey. The five-ten minute survey can be completed from any internet connected phone, tablet, or computer. Additionally, those interested in engaging in the the work of the AAAG are encouraged to complete this form.
Mayor Jorge O. Elorza and the Director of the Department of Public Works Leo Perotta today announced a parking promotion with Passport Parking, the City’s current mobile parking app partner. Current and new users that download and create an account on the Passport Parking app between October 1-October 31, 2021, will receive a one-time, free 2-hour parking session.
Mayor Jorge O. Elorza, the City of Providence’s Arts, Culture + Tourism (ACT) Department, the Partnership for Providence Parks, Rhode Island Latino Arts and Providence Streets Coalition today announced the receipt of a $25,000 grant to create the Broad Street Cultural Corridor Plaza; a partially shaded, separated seating area at the convergence of Daboll and Public Streets where people can gather to experience pop-up performances and activities. The grant comes courtesy of Bloomberg Philanthropies’ Asphalt Art Initiative and will include a centralized ground mural to mark the plaza.
Mayor Jorge O. Elorza today announced Keith Stokes will serve as Business and Development Director for the City of Providence, starting October 12, 2021. Stokes will be responsible for leading the City’s comprehensive business support and development programs and work with departments that contribute to the City’s business growth and retention efforts, such as the City’s Minority and Women-Owned Business (M/WBE) efforts and Office of Economic Opportunity. The position will have an emphasis on coordinating consensus among business, government, and community stakeholders to identify specific and actionable business development and COVID-19 recovery priorities, including recovery issues, programs, services, and plans.
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The City of Providence is currently booking available appointments for upcoming COVID-19 Vaccine Clinics in Providence. Appointments are available on a first-come-first-serve basis. Vaccines are available to anyone regardless of immigration status. Additionally, they are offered at no cost and no insurance is required. Learn about upcoming clinics here!
In 2017, Mayor Elorza signed an executive order establishing the Providence Municipal ID Program – IDPVD. The IDPVD card is a photo identification card for Providence residents issued by the City of Providence. IDPVD users receive access to City partners, such as Ocean State Libraries, and receive discounts to some local businesses. Learn more or apply for an ID here!
PVD Rescue Plan
Over the next three years, Providence will receive $166 million dollars from the U.S. Treasury to make a once-in-a-generation, transformative investment in our City’s future. Rescue Plan funds can be used to respond to the COVID-19 public health emergency or its negative economic impacts. Learn how you can engage in the City's Rescue Plan here.
African American Ambassador Group PVD
Mayor Elorza began meeting regularly with the African American Ambassador Group in May 14 2020 to discuss the disproportionate number of African Americans impacted by COVID-19. The group has since evolved to meet weekly and discuss and advance a social justice agenda for the City of Providence. Learn more or engage with the group here!