To the Editor:
With the holiday shopping season in full swing, I’d like to encourage the community to visit the numerous small businesses in our city. Warwick is filled with great restaurants, bars, retailers, manufactures and other small businesses. These local businesses are the backbone of our economy, creating a number of new jobs every year, employing our residents, and paying taxes that support our schools and city services.
Unfortunately, in the past few weeks a couple of local businesses closed down. While this news is sad to say the least, the City Council and Mayor Solomon continue to work hard to make Warwick a great place to do business. One goal of the Finance Committee on which I serve is to get more Warwick companies to bid on city contracts. The city has updated its records and reaches out to local businesses to ensure they know about new bidding opportunities. We also passed an ordinance with the goal of assisting sole proprietorships in Warwick.
Additionally, Mayor Solomon recently signed an executive order to expedite the fire plan review process for potential businesses. We learned that these reviews could sometimes take up to two months to complete, slowing down the remainder of the city’s e-permitting process and delaying the opening of new businesses. Wanting to strengthen our economic development, Mayor Solomon created a plan that will allow qualified and licensed firms to provide safety review services if so desired by the developer. This streamlined process will allow new businesses to open sooner.
The above are just a few recent examples of how the City Council and the mayor are working together to support our business environment. As the holiday season continues, I hope you will consider shopping and dining locally, supporting Warwick small businesses and, by extension, our entire community.
City Council Ward 7