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10/27/16 - Blackstone Heritage Corridor: Volunteerism on the Rise in Blackstone Heritage Corridor More

10/12/16 - Valley Breeze: North Smithfield signs agreement with National Park Service through 2021  More

10/12/16 - Pawtucket Times: Central Falls street named in honor of Viola Davis  More

10/7/16 - Providence Journal: Pawtucket mayor, others urge go-ahead on tax credits for project More

9/14/16: Blackstone Valley Tourism Council opposes Burrillville power plant proposal More | Official Statement

8/5/16: With federal money in hand, officials promise commuter rail station in Pawtucket by 2019  More

8/2/16: Valley Breeze - Grebien: Pawtucket Wins with $13 Million Grant for Train Station  More

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30 Years of Turning Rhode Island's Blackstone
Valley into an Internationally-Recognized
Visitor Destination and National Park

Since its creation in 1985, the Blackstone Valley Tourism Council has been a leader in transforming Rhode Islandís Blackstone Valley into an internationally-recognized visitor destination -- a strong, vibrant region for visitors and residents alike. Working in conjunction with local communities, state and federal governments, and like-minded nonprofits and businesses, the Council has not only increased the number of visitors and enhanced their experiences, but strengthened the regionís economy, created a stronger, cleaner environment, and improved the quality of life for Blackstone Valley residents.  More

How are we doing?
Don't take our word for it!

In its first 30 years, the Blackstone Valley Tourism Council has won a number of prestigious international and local awards and recognitions including the Tourism for Tomorrow Destination Award, UN World Tourism Council Ulysses Award, and UNWTO.Sbest Certification of Excellence.  More

One reason for our success? 
We're not like all the other tourism councils.

Creating and operating events and attractions, cleaning the environment, and creating economic and infrastructure development have all been important in our efforts to build a stronger Blackstone Valley for visitors and residents.

Unlike the other tourism councils, in order to meet our mission of promoting sustainable tourism throughout the Blackstone Valley, the Blackstone Valley Tourism Council has developed and managed a number of events, attractions, development projects, and information/education projects. One of the poorest regions in the state without beaches, mansions, and other major assets ready to promote, the Council has had to raise substantial funds beyond state funding to develop and operate projects to encourage people from throughout the world to visit the Blackstone Valley and turn it into an internationally-recognized destination. More

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Annual Dinner and 30th Anniversary Video

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2015 Annual Dinner Presentation (PowerPoint) | 2015 Annual Report