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Charlestown sits on Rhode Island with a small population of only 7,827 people. Incorporated in 1738 it's bordered by Westerly, Richmond, Hopkinton and South Kingstown. Named after King Charles II, the city of Charlestown was the first in the United States to pass a ban on any size or type of commercially operated electricity-generating wind turbines. It's the headquarters of the Narragansett Indian Tribe and also home to their reservation. A town for outdoor enthusiasts, there are plenty of spots to dip your toes into water, go biking along a track or check out the Frosty Drew Nature Center & Observatory in between getting some work done in a coworking venue. Home to numerous festivals celebrating seafood to music, Charlestown is said to have "the best kept secret on Rhode Island" alluding to its unspoiled sandy and secluded beaches. There are quite a few National Historic places dotted around Charlestown such as Fort Ninigret and the Indian Burial Ground, if you wish to go on a history tour.
Rhode Island is the nation's smallest state, but it hasn't stopped it from having a dynamic tech and startup scene that is thriving. Home to the Brown University and the Rhode Island School of Design, the island's capital of Providence is home to hundreds of tech savvy souls into biotech, consumer niche markets and manufacturing. For those in the bracket of "wannabe startup", there is an annual training camp "Venture for America" that is held to give budding entrepreneurs a crash course. The fact that it's a small enclave has given it a natural environment to try things that bigger states may not. Government on the island is progressive and innovative in its attempt to attract talent and growing businesses to its shores. It's also the first state offering qualifying people help with repaying student loan debts if they are pursuing or starting a career related to technology, design or engineering. Regulatory barriers have been removed and tax credits have also been offered to entice IT whisperers to Rhode Island.
The tech scene of Rhode Island is being supported by not just the government, but also academic institutions plus philanthropic and community leaders, as well as coworking venues where strong communities are being formed.
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