Current News

une 2, 2017: GoLocal - Billington ranked HOT!! More

June 1, 2017: “The Numbers Aren’t Hard and Fast” - Billington Makes Case for RI Leaders to Come Together on PawSox.  More

May 31, 2017 - GoLocalProv: RI Leaders Need to Come to One Table to Discuss PawSox: Guest MINDSETTER™ Billington.  More


May 10, 2017 - Providence Journal: PawSox stadium: Apex site offers best hope of peripheral development More

May 9, 2017 - Valley Breeze: Study says Apex ballpark would bring in $130 million over 30 years  More

January 6, 2017 - Providence Journal: Viola Davis gets her star, high praise from Meryl Streep + video More

December 23, 2016 - Providence Business News: Marketing classic brands across platforms connects Hasbro to new generations More

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

6/29/16:  Tourism Council seeking your Blackstone Valley photos and videos  More

Blackstone River Valley National Historical Park launches 100 Days of Summer with free tours on Blackstone Valley Explorer May 28

Blackstone River Valley National Historical Park is celebrating the National Park Service Centennial with 100 Days of Summer here in the Blackstone River Valley. For 100 days, you will find park rangers out and about in the Blackstone River Valley, offering programs, or just meeting with the public. To kick off 100 Days of Summer, the park will offer free tours aboard the Blackstone Valley Explorer on Saturday, May 28. The tours will be offered at 11 AM, Noon, 1 PM, and 2 PM. Tickets are free, and will be available on a first come, first served basis at the dock at the Central Falls Landing, 45 Madeira Avenue, Central Falls, RI. Seating is limited to 40 passengers per trip. Please come join us to enjoy a guided tour of the Valley Falls Marsh, and learn a little bit about your new National Park.

April 27, 2016: Providence Business News - Commerce RI to Rhode Islanders - Make It Yours  More

April, 2016: MSN Travel - The Newest National Parks to Visit in 2016  More

April 5, 2016: Regional Tourism Councils now involved with tourism marketing process  Turn to 10 

April 4, 2016: Selection Process for New State Slogan Unclear  Turn to 10

Rhode Island Launches new state tourism logo and website  Providence Journal | GoLocal Providence | Valley Breeze

February 12, 2016: GoLocal Providence: Guest Mindsetter Robert Billington: Welcome Home Pawtucket Red Sox More

National Park Info

  • January 27, 2016 0 WPRI TV: Rhode Island now has its national park More

  • January 3, 2016: Providence Journal Nearly $1 million for R.I., Mass. national park included in bill OK'd by Congress  More

  • National Park Website (National Heritage Corridor)  More

  • Barry Bayon Commentary in Providence Journal:  More

  • National Park Service Blackstone Valley National Park info: More

  • Bob Billington and other locals attend the State of the Union Address:  WJAR TV - Channel 10 | Providence Journal

  • Cicilline Invites President of the Blackstone Valley Tourism Council as State of the Union Guest  More

  • Obama signs national park bill into law More | Main Story | Editorial | Press Release | Senator Jack Reed's Website

January 8, 2016: EcoRI: Blackstone River Park Prepares for National Stage  More

295 Visitor Center Outpost Articles

December 30, 2015: Valley Breeze - Outpost update: State argues feds signed off on restaurant in Route 295 Visitor Center  More

Route 295’s Outpost fighting to keep doors open
Stuck in limbo: Rest area restaurant caught in tussle between R.I., federal authorities  More
R.I. says U.S. officials OK'd concession at visitor center. More
Dan York State of Mind - Outpost at 295 Visitor Center Issue More

December 16, 2015: Pawtucket Times - Winning design chosen for George Street bridge art  More

Dan York State of Mind - Outpost at 295 Visitor Center Issue More | Valley Breeze Article

November 13: RI NPR: Rhode Island Tourism Challenges  More

Read about the great town of Burrillville by RI National Public Radio Read Articles

October 18:  Boston Globe: American Girl popularity spurs tourism in Blackstone Valley

October 6: Valley Breeze - Tom Ward - Our Heroes Next Door  More

September 4: Tourism Council Announces Blackstone Valley Heritage Environmental Trust Fund More

September 2 Providence Journal: Blackstone Society to induct former Journal Editor for environmental conservation More

August 10: Providence Journal - Robert D. Billington: Let's look at refreshing McCoy Stadium

July 9, 2015: Providence Journal - R.I. pursuing the perfect pitch for new tourism campaign More

June 18, 2015: Rhode Island Small Business Journal: Blackstone Valley - A Visitor Destination  More

Articles about Dr. Victor Matheson, renowned sports economist, presentation on potential Pawsox move to Providence  Providence Journal | GoLocalProv | RI Public Radio | WPRI | RIFuture

Providence Journal Bob Billington Op-ed on proposed regional tourism budget cuts More

May 13: Discussion of public investment in stadium construction planned by BV Tourism Council Providence Journal Article | Event

Articles regarding proposed budget cuts to the Blackstone Valley Tourism Council Providence Journal | Myrna George, South County Tourism Council | Tom Ward - Valley Breeze | Turn to 10 | Pawtucket Times | Assorted Pawtucket Times/Woonsocket Call articles

Budget testimony before the House fiscal staff (about 40 minutes in). View Video | Testimony Notes (PDF)

General News

  • Raimondo's Budget Worries Blackstone Valley Tourism Council  More

  • Barry Bayon Commentary in Providence Journal January 23, 2015:  More

  • Valley Breeze: January 21, 2015: So many deserve praise for new national park More

  • Bob Billington and other locals attend the State of the Union Address:  WJAR TV - Channel 10 | Providence Journal

  • Providence Journal: January 16, 2015: Cicilline Invites President of the Blackstone Valley Tourism Council as State of the Union Guest  More

  • Valley Breeze: January 7, 2015: Woonsocket looks to change zoning to allow train stop on Fairmount Street  More

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