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The Rhode Island Economic Development Corporation and Roger Williams University, via the Community Partnerships Center, assists in the development and creation of a Main Street Program. In 2012, a graduate-level Historic Preservation course, Preservation Planning Workshop, would be working with the City of Woonsocket, RI, to help develop a Main Street program for the City.


GuideStar, an online service that provides information on nonprofit organizations in the United States, was used to identify all the nonprofit organizations in downtown Woonsocket, as well as who the executive directors are and the names of people on the board of directors. Internet research was also utilized to access the websites where the students could gather contact information. The names and contact information that were collected were listed in the reference document. The list, to the students’ best abilities, is a comprehensive cross sections of business owners, non-profit leaders, and political leaders.