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Federal officials visiting RI for tourism event

October 18, 2011

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PAWTUCKET, R.I.—U.S. National Park Service officials are visiting Rhode Island to discuss how the federal agency can help the state develop sustainable tourism.

Dean Reeder and Desmond Lee, who work for the Office of Sustainable Tourism, are scheduled to speak at a workshop Tuesday at the Blackstone Valley Visitor Center in Pawtucket. The center is part of the Blackstone Valley National Heritage Corridor.

The Sustainable Tourism Planning and Development Laboratory is hosting the workshop. The lab is an educational and consulting business sponsored by the Blackstone Valley Tourism Council. Its mission is to help communities and others approach tourism with the goals of creating a cleaner environment, stronger economy and better quality of life.

Congress is considering legislation that would make the Blackstone River Valley National Heritage Corridor a national park.