Rhode Island: It's All in Our Backyard

Welcome to Our Backyard, a state brimming with global industry and cutting-edge innovation, thriving entrepreneurship and world-class universities, breathtaking landscapes and a major arts scene.

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Bienvenidos a nuestra comunidad, un estado lleno de una industria global e innovación de vanguardia, empresas muy prósperas y universidades de clase mundial, paisajes impresionantes y una gran comunidad artística.

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Our Backyard

Take a moment to meet some of your neighbors! Our Backyard videos present folks who have harnessed local creativity, passion, and talent to drive nationally and globally recognized Rhode Island success stories.

Our mission: uncover and elevate all that’s great in our little state. Lend a hand! Contribute your ideas about stimulating people, places, and happenings here in Rhode Island.

“Rhode Island is just an awesome place to do business. The people, resources, and the cost of doing business simply cannot be beat.” - Charlie Kroll, Andera

“Rhode Island is the perfect place to have my company first and foremost because this is where my family lives and I love being in Rhode Island. I love the community here.” - Navyn Salem, Edysia

“We’re seeing more and more farmers come back and be involved in Rhode Island agriculture and the Rhode Island economy.” - Pat McNiff, Farmer, Owner of Pat’s Pastured

“One of the big advantages of working in Rhode Island is there is so much talent here.” - Jeff Morgan, Brown University

“We decided to start a factory here in Providence RI, because we thought it would be great to help out in our own backyard with job creation here, while also having an impact in many countries around the world.” - Navyn Salem, Edysia

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Our Backyard is a homegrown campaign, born out of the Rhode Island Foundation’s Make It Happen RI initiative. Learn more about the campaign, and tap into a network of positive Rhode Islanders helping to spread the good news!

Meet a few of our sponsors:

Edward Garcia, Library Director, Cranston Public Library