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The federal government and the Quonset Development Corporation are investing in Rhode Island's Port of Davisville.

U.S. Sens. Jack Reed and Sheldon Whitehouse and U.S. Rep. James Langevin recently announced that the U.S. Economic Development Administration will award a new $625,000 federal grant to increase shore-side capacity at the port in the Quonset Business Park.

The development corporation is matching the grant, for a total investment of $1.25 million.

The goal is to expand the port's capacity for additional automobiles, cargo and offshore wind components by paving over a gravel area. The area covers over 13 acres and is currently not suitable for importing vehicles.

The Democratic members of the state's congressional delegation touted the fact that the project will help modernize the port and create jobs.

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