CIC is pleased to welcome Rebecca Webber as General Manager of CIC Providence, opening in August 2019. A Rhode Island native with a background in economic development and public policy, Webber will lead this newest CIC campus in our mission to support exceptional entrepreneurs who are fixing the world through innovation.
“Rhode Island has long been a community of creative thinkers and forward-thinking entrepreneurs,” says Webber. “Just as innovation was key to our past, it will be even more critical to our future.”
Webber completed degrees at Connecticut College and the London School of Economics before returning to Rhode Island, holding positions in state government and, most recently, serving as Chief of Staff to the President and CEO of Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Rhode Island. Her extensive leadership experience is matched by a deep connection to her home state and belief in its economic potential.
“A focus on Rhode Island’s special attributes — visionary design, engineering, technology, and more — will promote its competitive advantages,” says Webber. “I distinctly remember when that competitive advantage was jewelry manufacturing. I spent weekend afternoons with my dad at the jewelry shows Providence hosted as the industry’s global hub.”
CIC Providence harkens back to this legacy with its location in the historic Jewelry District. Here CIC will share a new 191K square foot building with Brown University’s School of Professional Studies and District Hall Providence, the city’s first civic innovation space, powered by CIC’s primary programming partner, Venture Café Providence. Together these organizations will foster the growth of a multi-faceted innovation district.
“While the most important part of CIC will be the innovators within, the space and offerings will inspire Providence entrepreneurs to be greater than the sum of their parts,” says Webber.
The CIC model, developed and tested in six global cities over 20 years, combines vital infrastructure, resources, and community that allow innovators to focus on their ventures, connect within and across industries, and ultimately build companies better and faster. CIC centers include premium coworking, flexible offices, wet lab facilities, and event space where innovation programming takes place on a daily basis.
Looking ahead to the coming years, Webber says: “CIC will supercharge Rhode Island’s strong foundation of innovators and the supports that generate fast-growing companies and world-changing ideas.”
For more information contact:
Claire Drummond, Senior Relationship Manager, CIC Providence & CIC Boston
Building rendering by ASG