RI officials campaign for URI engineering site

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Government, education and business officials are launching a campaign to win voter approval for a $125 million bond sale to upgrade the University of Rhode Island’s engineering labs and other buildings.

Officials are set to gather at Toray Plastics at Quonset Point in North Kingstown’s engineering facility on Monday to begin the campaign they say is critical for URI and Rhode Island.

The bond referendum and a $25-million bond request next year for a second phase is the largest taxpayer-financed construction project proposed by URI in more than 25 years.

The Providence Journal reports that URI President David M. Dooley says Rhode Island companies say they need more engineers. Buildings at URI’s College of Engineering date to the late 1950s and early 1960s and the dean says they lack modern laboratories and interactive classrooms.

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