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Bristol Nominated for Travel + Leisure’s World’s Best Cities Award – Vote Today!

BRISTOL, RI-Every year, Travel + Leisure asks readers to weigh in on their travel experiences around the globe. Readers rate cities on categories including their sights and landmarks, culture, cuisine, friendliness, shopping, and overall value.

The ballot for the 2021 Travel + Leisure World’s Best Awards has been released, and Bristol was included in the “Cities” category. 

To vote for Bristol, individuals must visit wba.m-rr.com/home and create an account to get start. Users are able to vote once per email address. 

“Bristol is honored to be in the running for this distinguished travel award,” said Bristol’s Economic Development Coordinator Chris Vitale. “With its historic downtown district, museums, outdoor recreation, and a robust summer events calendar, Bristol is truly a premier New England destination.”

Voting is open now through May 10, 2021 at 11:59 p.m. Thank you for voting!

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Administration Economic Development Press Releases

Bristol Implements Tangible Tax Reform, Creates Exemption for Small Businesses

BRISTOL, RI– On December 30th, 2020, the Bristol Town Council voted unanimously to approve a new tangible tax exemption, which reduces the administrative and financial burden of reporting on local small businesses.

Businesses that operate in Bristol and whose total tangible property is assessed at ten thousand ($10,000) or less can now request to be exempt from completing the full annual return and paying the applicable tax.

Of the 720 businesses that operate in Bristol, approximately 400 would be eligible for this new exemption based on last year’s tangible property assessments.

“This exemption is another step in the right direction to help our businesses and make Bristol a very well-balanced place to live and work,” said Bristol Town Administrator Steven Contente.

In 2018, Bristol began its tax reform efforts by creating a new electronic return that simplified reporting and auto-calculated assets’ depreciation.

In 2019, the Town of Bristol voted to put the $10,000 tangible tax exemption plan before the State Legislature for final approval.

Spearheaded by Bristol’s Economic Development Coordinator Chris Vitale and Tax Assessor Michelle DiMeo, the Town worked with State leaders to get the enabling legislation (RIGL 44-3-3.66) approved earlier this year.

Eligible businesses can now request the new tangible tax exemption on the Annual Return.

The Annual Return form is available for download on the Town of Bristol website at www.bristolri.gov/tangibles. Returns are due to the Bristol Tax Assessor’s Office (10 Court Street, Bristol, RI 02809) by 12 o’clock midnight EST, January 31st, 2021.

For more information on Bristol’s new tangible tax exemption, please contact Economic Development Coordinator Chris Vitale at cvitale@bristolri.gov or Tax Assessor Michelle DiMeo at mdimeo@bristolri.gov.

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COVID-19 Economic Development Media Mentions

With Heat Lamps, Lights and Tents, Restaurants Press On, EastBayRI

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COVID-19 Economic Development

Bristol Announces Supplemental Award for Take It Outside Recipients

BRISTOL, RI– On Monday, November 9th, 2020, the Town of Bristol announced supplemental assistance for all Take It Outside awardees.

Beginning Thursday, November 12th, 2020, businesses will be able to receive free propane fuel from Sunshine Fuels & Energy Services on a limited basis through December 18th, 2020. Further details will be provided to Take It Outside awardees shortly.

“With this service offering, the Town is pleased that it could complement the support that’s been provided to date,” said Chris Vitale, Economic Development Coordinator.

This service will be offered until December 18th OR until the credit at Sunshine Fuel has been depleted.

Last month, the Town supported twenty-two (22) local businesses by procuring and distributing outdoor equipment such as patio heaters, lighting, and commercial tents.

This program is funded through the State of Rhode Island’s Take It Outside initiative.

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Bristol Harbor, RI Marina Expansion Approved, New England Boating

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COVID-19 Economic Development

Bristol Announces Round Two Award Recipients for the Take It Outside Program

BRISTOL, RI– Today, the Town of Bristol and Bristol Merchants Association (BMA) announced an additional 7 recipients of awards through the Take It Outside Program.

With this latest round of awards, the Town of Bristol has supported a total of twenty-two (22) businesses locally. The full list of recipients can be viewed below.

Round Two Recipients:

  • Mount Hope Farm
  • S.S. Dion
  • Roberto’s Restaurant
  • Bristol Elks Lodge
  • Nancy Guertin Therapy
  • Sunset Cafe
  • Twelve Guns Brewing
  • DeWolf Tavern*

Round One Recipients:

  • Judge Roy Bean Saloon
  • Statesman Tavern
  • Bar 31
  • Bristol House of Pizza
  • Pomodoro Pizzeria
  • Leo’s Ristorante
  • Green Eggs
  • Audubon Society
  • Casa Margaritas
  • Quito’s Restaurant
  • Rivers & Rhodes
  • DeWolf Tavern
  • Thames Waterside
  • The Wave
  • The Beach House

Earlier this month, the Town of Bristol was awarded $75,000 through the State’s Take It Outside RFP to fund this initiative. On October 23rd, 2020, the Town received an additional $25,000 from the State to expand its program.

In addition to the latest round of awards, the Town of Bristol and BMA expect to announce supplemental assistance for outdoor heating expenses in the coming days.

For information on Bristol’s Take It Outside program, please visit www.bristolri.gov/take-it-outside.

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COVID-19 Economic Development Press Releases

Bristol Awarded Additional $25,000 for Take It Outside Program

BRISTOL, RI– On Friday, October 23rd, 2020, Governor Gina Raimondo and Rhode Island Commerce awarded the Town of Bristol an additional $25,000 to support local business efforts to ‘Take It Outside’. This competitive grant process saw a total of $3.1M awarded to 68 different organizations including municipalities, chambers of commerce, and non-profits.

Earlier this month, the Town of Bristol was awarded $75,000 through the first round of the State’s Take It Outside RFP.

To date, the Town of Bristol has supplied outdoor equipment including heating lamps and lighting to fifteen (15) local businesses.

The Town of Bristol is currently accepting new applications from businesses on a rolling basis. Equipment will be awarded on a first-come, first-serve basis. Businesses are encouraged to apply as soon as possible.

For more information on Bristol’s Take It Outside program, please visit www.bristolri.gov/take-it-outside.

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COVID-19 Economic Development

Bristol Announces Round One Award Recipients for the Take It Outside Program

BRISTOL, RI– Today, the Town of Bristol and Bristol Merchants Association (BMA) announced recipients of awards totaling more than $60,000 through the Take It Outside Program.

The 15 awardees will receive a variety of items such as heat lamps, tents, and lighting to encourage and increase outdoor commerce.

Recipients of this program include:

  • Judge Roy Bean Saloon
  • Statesman Tavern
  • Bar 31
  • Bristol House of Pizza
  • Pomodoro Pizzeria
  • Leo’s Ristorante
  • Green Eggs
  • Audubon Society
  • Casa Margaritas
  • Quito’s Restaurant
  • Rivers & Rhodes
  • DeWolf Tavern
  • Thames Waterside
  • The Wave
  • The Beach House

New applications will be considered on a first-come, first-serve basis. Due to the high demand for supplies, it is highly recommended that businesses submit an application as soon as possible. Applications should be submitted by email to bristolmerchantsassociationri@gmail.com.

For the latest program and application information, please visit www.bristolri.gov/take-it-outside.

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COVID-19 Economic Development Press Releases

Bristol Announces ‘Take It Outside’ Application Process for Businesses

BRISTOL, RI-On Thursday, October 15th, 2020, The Town of Bristol and the Bristol Merchants Association announced an application process for businesses to request outdoor equipment including heating lamps, tents, and string lights.

The ‘Take It Outside‘ Initiative was created to encourage and increase outdoor commerce and reduce the transmission rate of COVID-19. Earlier this month, the Town of Bristol was awarded $75,000 in grant funds from the Rhode Island Commerce to support this program.

The Town of Bristol and BMA have established two rounds of applications. Due to limited supplies, the Town respectfully asks applicants limit their request to essential needs only.

The Round One application deadline is Tuesday, October 20th, 2020. Applications should be submitted by email to the Bristol Merchants Association at bristolmerchantsassociationri@gmail.com. If the Town of Bristol has additional supplies, it will review applications submitted after the round one deadline on a first-come, first-serve basis.

To download the application, please visit www.bristolri.gov/take-it-outside.

For additional questions related the Take It Outside initiative, please contact the Bristol Merchants Association at bristolmerchantsassociationri@gmail.com.

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Economic Development Press Releases

Bristol Launches 2020-2021 Home Repair Program

BRISTOL, RI–On Friday, October 9th, 2020, the Town of Bristol announced the 2020-2021 Home Repair Program.

Each year, the Town receives CDBG funding from the federal government to revitalize the local community and provide safe, suitable living environments for low and moderate-income residents. This funding can support various home improvement projects, including emergency roof replacements, window replacements, and code violation corrections.

“This program allows the Town to help individuals in need make necessary improvements to their local residence,” said Chris Vitale, Bristol’s Economic Development Coordinator, “We are pleased we can offer this program once again this year.”

All funding assistance is in the form of a forgivable property lien. Each year following the completion of a project, a percentage of the total repair costs are forgiven. CDBG grant funds can cover up to 100% of project costs. Payment becomes due upon the property’s sale or if the property’s resident no longer qualifies under HUD income limits.

Funding is limited and will be awarded on a first-come, first-serve basis to eligible households. Application information is available online through the Town of Bristol website or in-person by visiting the Bristol Town Hall at 10 Court Street, Bristol, RI 02809.

For more information, please contact Chris Vitale, Economic Development Coordinator, at 401-253-7000 ext. 129.

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