Economic Development Committee


  • 7:00 p.m.
  • 1st Thursday of each month
  • Council Chambers
    Town Hall
    180 High Street
    Wakefield, RI 02879
Staff assistance is provided by the Senior Planner and the Planning Department.

Agendas & Minutes

Agendas are available prior to the meetings. Minutes are available following approval.
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The eleven members are appointed to 3-year terms.
  • Larry Fish - Chair
  • Sarah E. Daly-Van Oot 
  • Jacob D. Clemen
  • Joanne A. Esposito
  • Patricia E. Gardner
  • Richard J. Jurczak
  • Susan W. D. Marcus
  • Jude M. Nuzum
  • Thomas J. Routliffe
  • Brian P. Smith - Secretary
  • Henry H. Thayer III - Vice Chair



The Town Council recognizes the need to expand the community's tax base and to encourage the development and retention of skilled employment opportunities for local residents. In order to promote a stable and diversified local economy and enhance the quality of life in South Kingstown, the Town Council appoints an Economic Development Committee to serve in an advisory capacity to the Planning Board and the Town Council in the following areas:

  • Advise the Planning Board and Town Council in matters regarding community economic development.
  • Recommend to the Planning Board and Town Council strategies that promote and enhance responsible economic growth in the community.
  • Provide appropriate guidance and advocacy for new or existing business applicants regarding project viability and the regulatory approval process.
  • Provide applicants with appropriate information and application materials regarding the Town’s Tax Exemption and Stabilization Program.
  • Work to implement the goals and objectives of the Town’s Comprehensive Community Plan as they relate to economic development.
  • Work with the University of Rhode Island to identify potential cooperative ventures with the University of Rhode Island that stimulate economic development.

Tax Exemption and Stabilization Program

The Town of South Kingstown’s Tax Exemption and Stabilization Program is focused on providing potential tax relief to major new business as well as expansions and relocations to existing businesses in Town. The program is intended to create and retain jobs associated with manufacturing and commercial operations, although small scale expansions, relocations, and applications for general commercial uses may be considered.

Local Business Liaison

The Town values its local business community and the positive impact it has on our quality of life, employment opportunities, and provision of necessary services for Town residents and visitors. We welcome input and questions from local businesses and prospective business owners. If you have any comments, questions or would like assistance concerning an existing business or you are considering locating a new business in South Kingstown, please contact Doug McLean, Senior Planner at 401-789-9331, ext. 1244.