About Question 4

Approving Question 4 will attract businesses and create the high-paying, high-skilled jobs Rhode Island needs by authorizing $45.5 million in bonds to expand URI’s highly successful College of Engineering and create a URI-affiliated innovation campus that will pair cutting edge research with private sector investments to create the jobs of the future.

Voting Yes on 4 provides:

  • $25.5 million for 2nd phase of construction of a new College of Engineering campus at the University of Rhode Island;
  • $20 million for public/private Innovation Campus program to leverage academic research with private sector jobs.
Engineering Phases Illustration
Engineering Students working on their Capstone Project

Keeping High-Paying Jobs in Rhode Island

Thousands of students who have graduated from the URI College of Engineering stay in Rhode Island. More than 30 Rhode Island companies have been founded by URI engineering students and more than 7,200 engineers and architects are employed at more than 750 companies in our state. Approving Question 4 will help reverse the brain drain Rhode Island faces every year by creating more high-paying jobs in advanced sectors like engineering and innovation.

Voting Yes on Question 4 is the Right Choice for Rhode Island

  • More than 96 percent of students who graduate from the URI College of Engineering are employed in the high-paying, high-skilled jobs Rhode Island needs. Approving Question 4 will expand this program and help attract more high-tech businesses to Rhode Island.
  • A URI-affiliated Innovation Campus will work with leading institutions and the private sector to create partnerships that will turn groundbreaking research into the innovative jobs of the future.
  • Voting yes on 4 will create construction jobs and permanent high paying jobs. Voting yes will put Rhode Islanders back to work while making the necessary investments to prepare our students for the jobs of the future.

Awards and Accolades

URI engineering students are recognized in the classroom and the workplace around the world. More than 96 percent of students who graduate from the URI College of Engineering are employed in the high-paying, high-skilled jobs Rhode Island needs.

Arielle De Souza

URI engineering student wins the French Consulate in Boston Excellence Award

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Yufei Tang

URI doctoral student in engineering receives award from Chinese government

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Danielle Goudreau

URI graduate student in engineering wins top honor for research on New Bedford Hurricane Barrier

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Get Involved

Approving Question 4 will attract businesses and create the high-paying, high-skilled jobs in Rhode Island.  Vote Yes on 4.