Baldelli-Hunt aims to reinvent city's regulatory process

Baldelli-Hunt aims to reinvent city's regulatory process

WOONSOCKET - Lisa Baldelli-Hunt has announced another piece of her turnaround plan for Woonsocket, a reinvention of the regulatory and permitting process that will make Woonsocket an innovative and customer-friendly city, she said. A Valley Breeze article published Aug. 29 focused on business people who said Woonsocket is the "worst place to do business in Rhode Island," arguing the city applies rules in an arbitrary manner and lacked the flexibility needed to promote development.

As mayor, Baldelli-Hunt says she would implement a comprehensive review of all municipal rules and regulations facing existing businesses and those seeking to get started in the city. At the same time, she said she would seek to streamline the municipal permitting process, eliminating duplicative paperwork and making sure municipal departments are sharing information.

"We need to position Woonsocket as one of the most business-friendly cities in Rhode Island and we can do that by making sure we have a fair, sensible and efficient regulatory process," said Baldelli-Hunt. "As mayor, I will make it easier for businesses to interact with the city, from helping existing businesses grow and expand to encouraging new businesses to come to our city. We need to move from doing what we've always done to doing what makes sense and what will make Woonsocket a great place to do business."