Gubernatorial hopeful Gina Raimondo renews call for manufacturing innovation institute

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PROVIDENCE, Rhode Island — Gubernatorial candidate Gina Raimondo is reiterating her call to use land freed up by the relocation of Interstate 195 for a manufacturing "innovation institute."

The general treasurer says the state was once known as a manufacturing hub and can be again. Her so-called Rhode Island Innovation Institute would represent a collaboration of colleges and universities and the private sector where new products could be developed and brought to market.

Raimondo criticized the pace of progress on developing the parcel, saying "the missing ingredient is leadership."

Mayor Angel Taveras, one of Raimondo's rivals in the Sept. 9 Democratic primary, has countered that work is very much under way and he's taken steps to streamline the process.

The mayor has also said he wants to make Rhode Island an advanced manufacturing leader.

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