Economic Development Press Releases

Bristol Collaborates to Launch the “Propel East Bay RI” Job Board

BRISTOL, RI– On Wednesday, November 24th, 2021, the Town of Bristol announced the launch of Propel East Bay RI. Propel East Bay RI is a new online job board dedicated to promoting work opportunities in Bristol County, Rhode Island. This free-to-use platform is available to local businesses, residents, and students.

Users have the ability to create online profiles to search, save, and apply to selected jobs. Businesses have access to a dashboard to manage job postings, create custom applications, and view job listing statistics.

Propel East Bay RI was created in collaboration with the Bristol Town Administration, the Bristol-Warren Regional School District (BWRSD), and the East Bay Chamber of Commerce. The initiative also received support from the Town of Warren and the Town of Barrington.

“As we continue to deal with impacts of COVID-19 on our local economy, businesses are having a difficult time finding talent to fill job openings,” said Chris Vitale, Bristol’s Economic Development Coordinator. “The goal of this platform is to help bridge the gap between our local businesses and job seekers and encourage workforce participation.”

Propel East Bay RI is sponsored in part by the Town of Bristol and BWRSD through a Pell Grant. The job board also offers paid Premium Listings, which give businesses a way to promote immediate openings while supporting the platform’s maintenance costs.

In addition to listing available full-time, part-time, and seasonal job opportunities, BWRSD is also working with local municipalities to develop an internship program. Students can explore their career interests more in-depth and access opportunities directly through the job board.

“As a district, we want to expand access for each student to gain valuable on-the-job experience to develop their skills for whichever career they decide to pursue,” said Dr. Nicole Lyons, College and Career Coordinator at Bristol-Warren Regional School District. “The job board will allow the community access to the untapped power of our students and connect students with our local economy.”

During the development of Propel East Bay RI, students at Mt. Hope High School played an integral role in designing the branding for the platform.

“The MHHS Art Department appreciated the opportunity for our graphic design students to work with the Town of Bristol to create the logo for the new Propel East Bay RI job board,” said Mt. Hope High School Teacher Lauren Enjeti. “Seniors Chelsea Goodman, Brandon Nelson, Kristiana Cabral, and Logan Justa contributed to the design, with Chelsea Goodman taking the lead on the finished logo.”

Businesses, residents, and students in the East Bay are encouraged to register for the online job board at

For additional questions, please contact Chris Vitale, Economic Development Coordinator at [email protected], or by calling 401-253-7000 ext. 129.


Press Releases

RIDEM Opens Fall 2021 Energy-Saving Tree Program

The Energy-Saving Trees program is a community tree planting program through the Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management that encourages the strategic planting of trees for the greatest energy- and money-saving benefits. The program combines trees with an interactive web experience to help homeowners and communities save energy and money by strategically planting trees to maximize their environmental benefits.

Rhode Island residents can apply for a free tree and pick it up at pick-up locations across the state. Applications must be completed online through the application portal.

More information about this initiative, please visit the RIDEM website here.

Community Development Press Releases

Bristol Awarded One of 25 Nationwide Love Our Byways™ Grants, Announces Daffodil Planting Event

Bristol, RI– On Thursday, the Town of Bristol announced a $2,000 micro-grant award through the new Love Our Byways program. These funds, which were awarded by the National Scenic Byway Foundation, American Park Network, and Official Automotive Partner Toyota Motor North America, will help support the beautification of Bristol’s Revolutionary Heritage Byway (Route 114).

The Love Our Byways™ program was launched in 2021 by the National Scenic Byway Foundation to, “…energize byway organizations to maximize community volunteer involvement. Winning projects will improve or enhance the byway’s “scenic viewshed” by improving an existing view through clean-ups, plantings and other enhancements, or by mitigating a poor or unsightly viewshed.”

In conjunction with the national Love Our Byways™ program, the Town of Bristol has partnered with the Bristol Garden Club to host a daffodil planting event on Saturday, September 25th, 2021, at 10:00 AM. 

The event begins at Roger Williams University (One Old Ferry Road, Bristol, RI 02809) and is open to the public. Daffodils will be planted in strategic locations along Route 114.

Community members are encouraged to show their support of Bristol’s Revolutionary Heritage Byway (Route 114) on social media by using the hashtags #letsgoplaces, #toyotapartner, #loveourbyways, and #scenicbyway.

To sign up to volunteer, please email [email protected] or call 401-253-3939.

For more information on Bristol’s Daffodil Planting Event, please visit the event page at:

The event is sponsored Toyota Motor North America, Bristol Toyota, the National Scenic Byway Foundation, and the American Park Network.


Press Releases

BCWA to Begin “High Service Area” Expansion in Bristol

Press Releases

RIDOT Tree Work on Hope Street Scheduled for July 26-July 28, 2021

BRISTOL, RI– Beginning Monday, July 26th, 2021, the Rhode Island Department of Transportation will be doing tree trimming and removal along Hope Street between State St. and Franklin St.

Tree work will take place daily between the hours of 9:00 AM and 2:00 PM. Hope Street will be closed to vehicles from State Street to Franklin Street during work hours. Pedestrian access to businesses will not be impacted. No parking signs will be posted along Hope Street ahead of the road closure.

For the convenience of residents and visitors, the Town of Bristol has provided the road detour map below. Thank you.


Economic Development Press Releases

Bristol Announces 2021 Concerts on the Common Performer Lineup

BRISTOL, RI– On Monday, July 12th, 2021, the Town of Bristol announced the performer lineup for its 2021 Concerts on the Common.

Concerts begin Thursday, July 15th, 2021, and conclude with the Last Night Concert on Sunday, September 5th, 2021, at Independence Park.

In the event of inclement weather, Thursday night concerts will be moved to the Bristol Maritime Center at 127 Thames Street, Bristol, RI 02809.

The full schedule and performer lineup can be viewed below.


Administration Press Releases

Town Administrator Contente Extends Resident Beach Rate to All BWRSD Families

BRISTOL, RI-On Wednesday, July 6th, 2021, Town Administrator Steven Contente directed Bristol’s Parks & Recreation Department to make the Bristol Resident Beach permit and fee rate available to all students & families of the Bristol-Warren Regional School District.

Under this administrative directive, families of BWRSD students can pay the reduced resident rate of $5.00/vehicle Monday-Friday and $10.00/vehicle on weekends and holidays at the Bristol Town Beach and Sports Complex.

“So many of our students have had to attend school remotely during this past year, missing out on both social interaction with other students and outdoor sports and recreation,” said Town Administrator Contente, “I want to encourage healthy outdoor activities during the summer.”

This program will remain in effect until the expiration of the local emergency order.

The Town Administrator’s full directive can be read below.


Economic Development Press Releases

Bristol’s ‘Concerts on the Common’ Fully Sponsored, Performer Lineup TBA

BRISTOL, RI-The Town of Bristol is pleased to announce that this year’s Concerts on the Common is fully sponsored! The Town wishes to thank all of our 2021 sponsors.

Beginning July 15th, 2021, residents and visitors can enjoy concerts on the Bristol Town Common every Thursday through Labor Day. Concerts are free to the public. The lineup of performers will be announced shortly here on the Town of Bristol website (


Economic Development Press Releases

Bristol’s ‘Concerts on the Common’ Returning July 15th, Seeking Sponsorships

BRISTOL, RI-On Tuesday, July 6th, 2021, the Town of Bristol announced the return of its popular Concerts on the Common series.

Beginning July 15th, 2021, residents and visitors can enjoy concerts on the Bristol Town Common every Thursday through Labor Day. Concerts are free to the public. The lineup of performers will be announced here on the Town of Bristol website ( in the coming days.

Sponsorship Opportunities Available

The Town of Bristol is seeking 8 sponsors to support its 8 concerts throughout the summer. The sponsorship commitment for a concert is $300/each.

For more information about sponsoring a concert, please contact Michele Martins at 401-253-1611 or by email at [email protected].

Thank you.


Press Releases

Bristol Relists 10 Naomi Street for Sale, Invites Sealed Proposals

The Town of Bristol invites sealed Proposals for the purchase of certain real property owned by the Town of Bristol. The property comprises 15,489 sq. ft. of land and improvements, including a single-family home and a shed, located at 10 Naomi Street, Bristol, Rhode Island.

The minimum acceptable bid is $318,000.00 (Three-Hundred and Eighteen Thousand Dollars).

All inquiries, questions, and requests for information related to the property or related to the preparation of the response to the Request for Proposals should be directed in writing to Diane Williamson, Director of Community Development, 9 Court Street, Bristol, Rhode Island, or via email to [email protected].

A detailed property description and instructions to offerors are available from the Office of the Town Clerk, 10 Court Street, Bristol, RI  02809, and the procurement website at by registering and/or logging in as a vendor.  

Proposals (one original marked “MASTER” and one copy) must be submitted in a sealed envelope and clearly marked on the outside “ 10 Naomi Street- RFP #960 – and the bidding date of July 28, 2021”  and submitted to the Town Clerk’s Office, 10 Court Street, Bristol, Rhode Island. Proposals will be opened at 12:00 noon on July 28, 2021, at the  Bristol Town Hall*, 10 Court Street, Bristol, Rhode Island 02809.  The Town Council reserves all rights to reject any and all proposals, or any part thereof when it is deemed to be in the best interest of the Town.

Open Houses

  • Tuesday, July 20th, 2021, from 1:00 PM – 4:00 PM.
  • Saturday, July 24th, 2021, from 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM.