The leaders of several panels that will drive the discussion and make recommendations at an annual economic summit in Rhode Island next month have been announced by the U.S. Small Business Administration.
Among them are Grafton "Cap" Willey IV, who will chair the taxes and budget committee; Mark Deion, who will chair the economic development committee; and John Gregory, who will chair the workforce development and education committee. There are other panels on energy, health care and regulations.
The summit, in its sixth year, is sponsored by the Small Business Administration and the Rhode Island Small Business Development Center at Johnson & Wales University. It is taking place Jan. 27 at the university's Harborside campus.