PROVIDENCE JOURNAL: R.I. Governor Raimondo to be honored as New Englander of the Year As originally appearing in The Providence Journal
BY ALISHA A. PINA
Governor Raimondo and three others will be honored Tuesday night as New Englanders of the Year by the New England Council, which says it is the country’s oldest regional business organization. It was founded in 1925.
The awards, which started in 1964, are presented to New England residents or natives for contributions to their field and “leadership and impact” on the region’s “quality of life and economy,” said its website, newenglandcouncil.com.
Joining Raimondo as recipients are U.S. Olympic Track and Field team member Abbey D’Agostino; General Electric Chairman and CEO Jeffrey R. Immelt; and retired U.S. Ambassador to NATO and Harvard Kennedy School of Government Prof. R. Nicholas Burns.
“Through thoughtful leadership, innovative thinking, and dedication to their community and their nation, these individuals truly embody all that is great about New England,” said James T. Brett, president and CEO of the New England Council, of Boston.
The news release specifically talked about Raimondo being the state’s first female governor and her “ambitious agenda to grow Rhode Island’s economy, improve public education and create opportunities for all Rhode Islanders.”
The four picked by the council’s Board of Directors will be honored at its annual dinner at 6 p.m. Tuesday in the Seaport Hotel & World Trade Center, in Boston. More than 1,700 New England Council members plan to attend.
“I’m very proud to be named New Englander of the Year and thank the New England Council for this honor,” Raimondo said. “I’m excited to tell [those attending] about the progress we are making in Rhode Island to create jobs, strengthen New England’s economy and position our region to be globally competitive in the 21st century.”
Past recipients include U.S. Sen. Jack Reed, U.S. Rep. Barney Frank and business leader Anne Finucane of Bank of America.