Civic engagement is an essential goal of the Aquidneck Island Planning Commission as we seek to keep Islanders informed and involved in policy- and decision-making that affects us all. The Smart Island Series of public forums plays a key role in this, quarterly gathering local and regional leaders to take part in panels and discussions on topics relevant to ensuring a smarter, cleaner, and healthier future for Aquidneck Island. AIPC organizes the Smart Island Series in partnership with the Newport Daily News. Most forums take place at the CCRI Auditorium in Newport, and are always free and open to the public.

Upcoming forums: 

Envisioning the Housing Future for Aquidneck Island 

March 15, 2019 – 8:00AM, Community College of RI – Newport Campus

As the Island municipalities, their economies, and demographics continue to evolve, addressing challenges and opportunities in housing will determine whether Aquidneck Island remains an economically sustainable community and great place to live. Event is free but pre-registration is required due to limited space.

Register online.

Past forums:

National, regional, and local leaders in water quality discussed the state of Aquidneck Island’s fresh and salt waters, and what we all can do to ensure clean water in the future. View or download the PowerPoint presentation here.

Led by state and local policymakers and energy leaders, the forum explored new ways of financing renewable energy and efficiency improvements, helping individuals, businesses and municipalities on Aquidneck Island create a more sustainable and affordable energy system. Read news coverage here.

  • April 27, 2018: Newport County Legislative Forum

A conversation with Newport County’s state senators and representatives. We discussed the 2017 legislative session, focusing on issues of importance to Aquidneck Island and Newport County.

Future forum topics:

  • Aging on the Island – Aquidneck Island’s population is aging while school populations are declining. What are the implications for the Island’s economy, housing and transportation systems?
  • Broadband Communications – Aquidneck Island is poorly served for broadband communications. How can we foster competition and improve service for Island homes and businesses?