This year has been an eventful one and we have many reasons to be thankful as we gather with friends and family to celebrate Thanksgiving. Our capital city has received numerous recognitions, including being named America’s Favorite City and America’s Best Small City by Travel + Leisure Magazine and Architectural Digest.
We are nearing the end of the Providence Road Improvement Project, having paved close to sixty miles of road in our capital city in just two short years. This summer we were awarded a generous grant from the Carnegie Corporation which will go to support the development of two innovative high schools. And, earlier this year we launched Providence Talks, a first of its kind initiative designed to boost early childhood literacy thanks to Bloomberg Philanthropies and its Mayors Challenge.
This year we also celebrate the 10th Anniversary of our Buy Providence campaign, which we use to help draw attention to the outstanding goods and products and services created and sold right here in our backyard. As part of Buy Providence, we will be offering two hours of free parking to holiday shoppers in the downtown area from November 28 through January 1. We all have an important role to play in supporting our small independently-owned businesses which employ our neighbors, friends and families and contribute to the strength and quality of our communities.
As we enter into the holiday season, let us be grateful for our families and our blessings. Let us also remember the courageous men and women in uniform who are far from home and be mindful of those who are less fortunate. I personally would like to thank the dedicated City of Providence employees, and all those who live and work in our city, who have played such an important part in moving our city forward. We will continue to work together make Providence and Rhode Island a better place for all.