SMITHFIELD, R.I. (AP) — Rhode Island gubernatorial candidate Gina Raimondo has released a plan she says would increase manufacturing jobs in a state with one of the worst unemployment rates in the nation.
The Democratic general treasurer's plan released Monday includes fostering innovation by partnering with universities and businesses to create "innovation institutes" where schools can develop new ideas for products and bring them to market.
She wants to improve workforce training at the Community College of Rhode Island and help manufacturers to navigate regulations.
Raimondo says her plan would grow advanced manufacturing in a state that was once a manufacturing powerhouse.
Raimondo is running in the Democratic primary against Clay Pell and Providence Mayor Angel Taveras. Republicans Ken Block and Cranston Mayor Allan Fung are also running to replace Gov. Lincoln Chafee.