The Defense Industry Partnership came together in 2010 to cooperatively address the workforce needs of the sector. Despite current economic challenges, the Defense Sector has been an area of economic growth in Rhode Island. Working together to enhance the capabilities of Rhode Island’s defense workforce is a way to accelerate an Economic recovery for the state and provide good paying, high skilled job opportunities to Rhode Islanders.
The Partnership is funded by a grant from the Rhode Island Governor’s Workforce Board. The Southeastern New England Defense Sector Alliance (SENEDIA) is the lead organization working closely with the Newport County Chamber of Commerce, the Middletown Economic Development Advisory Committee, the Rhode Island STEM Center at Rhode Island College, and the Rhode Island Economic Development Corporation.