Since Roger Williams crossed the Seekonk River in a canoe to found his “new Providence”, boating has been part of the very fabric of the Ocean State. Today the State has recognized the Marine Industry as one targeted for growth and critical to the State’s economy…along with Construction, Health Care, Information Technology and Tourism. As a result, there is a growing effort to more fully develop the skilled workers needed to keep one of the State’s oldest manufacturing industries alive and well.

The Marine Industry is one of the few sectors of Rhode Island economy that is growing. In a recent study, it was estimated that there are over 6,600 total jobs, paying nearly $260 Million in wages with an average salary of $39,400…higher than the average for all industries in the State! Over 2,000 businesses -- nearly 10% of all private employers in Rhode Island -- are involved in the boating industry*.

* Estimates of economic impact provided in this material is based on The Marine Trades in Rhode Island: A Skills Gap Study prepared by Planning Decisions of South Portland, Maine in February, 2008.