Civic engagement is essential to the work of the Aquidneck Island Planning Commission. Our goal is to help keep individuals and organizations on the Island informed about what we’re all doing.

The “Smart Island Series” of public forums is a big part of this. The series showcases new ideas and emerging technologies from around the region and around the world, bringing them home to Aquidneck Island. AIPC is organizing the Smart Island Series in partnership with the Newport Daily News.

Forum topics will include:

  • Clean Water – The state of Aquidneck Island’s fresh and salt waters, and what we all can do to ensure clean water in the future.
  • 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?

In September 2016, AIPC, the Daily News and the Pell Center co-hosted the first of the Smart Island Series, titled Solar & Beyond: The Aquidneck Island Energy Forum. 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.

The next installment will be the Clean Water Forum on November 17th. More details TBA.