The Quonset Development Corporation is a special purpose subsidiary of the Rhode Island Economic Development Corporation, a quasi public company, responsible for the development and management of the Quonset Business Park®. The Quonset Business Park® presents an unparalleled opportunity for economic development in North Kingstown. The 3,160 acre Park is conveniently located between New York City and Boston. Its infrastructure includes a port consisting of 6,800 linear feet of berthing space with 35-ft. channel draft; Rail service within the Park is provided by Seaview Transportation Co., Inc. and consists of approximately 14 miles of track in two branches; and The Quonset Airport, managed by the Rhode Island Airport Corporation, is a general aviation facility with an 8,000-ft. runway, a staffed control tower, and an Instrument Landing System. The 143d Wing of the RI Air National Guard is also based at the Quonset airport. Their mission is to provide combat ready aircrews and equipment as needed on short notice anywhere in the world. The unit is comprised of approximately 900 Guardsmen (and women) and several hundred technicians and support personnel. The Quonset Business Park® also offers wide boulevards and convenient access to Interstate 95 (4 miles) via a 4-lane, limited-access highway as well utilities (electricity, natural gas, fresh water, and on-site wastewater treatment). The communications network provides high speed fiber optic for voice, data and video.
The Quonset Business Park consists of employees upwards of 8,570 employees and it is estimated when complete the Park will consist of 15,157 employees and generate millions in taxes for North Kingstown and the State of Rhode Island. There are 168 tenants including a mix of offices, warehouse and distribution, marine construction, light and general manufacturing, as well as importing.
The Park has multiple public access sites to the water and historic and cultural facilities. There is a 138-acre 18-hole public golf course that is owned by the Town of North Kingstown which is a major recreational aesthetic feature. Other amenities include public beaches, a marina, a child day care facility, and restaurants with meeting and banquet facilities as well as catering services.
Historic Wickford Village serves the town well with its unique shops and historic ambiance known throughout New England for quality and customer service. The village is the host to the nationally renowned Wickford Art Festival is held the first full weekend after the 4th of July and the Festival of Lights is held the first full weekend in December. Wickford Junction is a relatively new 60+acre site in the southwestern section of town, anchored by WalMart that has spawned additional commercial development in the area. Currently 175,000 square feet is utilized with a bank and additional retail opening in late 2008. Post Road (Rte 1) continues to serve as the town's main north/south artery and leading commercial district offering a full variety of goods and services to residents and visitors alike. Through the Post Road Corridor Plan, Post Road will likely undergo improvements and upgrades in the near future.