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Business is Growing in Providence

wp_20161219_004Governor Gina Raimondo gathered a crowd of community leaders in the Providence Public Library’s Ship Room on Monday to announce that Johnson & Johnson, one of the world’s leading healthcare companies, is opening a new health tech center here. The company plans to move into temporary space at 1 Ship Street in January, and wants to begin by hiring 75 employees.

Governor Raimondo said that “Rhode Island is serious about welcoming companies,” adding that “the whole community welcomes, embraces you, and is on your team to make you successful.” She affirmed her commitment to growing Johnson & Johnson as she described healthcare, innovation, and research as the future of Rhode Island.

Providence Mayor Jorge Elorza thanked the governor for her tenacity, and added, “We continue to change the narrative, attracting some of the biggest names. Now Rhode Island is in the game, and people will choose to invest and grow in the city. We will build off of our great strengths: the best food, arts, architecture, universities, and top talent.”

This announcement continues Rhode Island’s hit parade of great news. GE Digital has opened a Providence office, Virgin Pulse is expanding its presence here, and Wexford Science & Technology is developing a mixed use innovation district and life-sciences center on former I-195 land. According to the governor, Commerce RI’s incentives have attracted 2,500 new jobs to the state in the last week alone.

Read more details about this and other announcements below: