Chafee tours Central Falls businesses

Gov. Lincoln Chafee toured several businesses in Central Falls on Wednesday to highlight the determination of local entrepreneurs to succeed despite the city’s recent bankruptcy filing.

One of the businesses Chafee visited was World Travel Services, a travel agency owned by Faber Salazar.

“It’s excellent that we see politicians not only when they’re trying to get elected, but afterward, to see what’s going on in the community, especially with the things that are going on in Central Falls,” Salazar said.

The governor toured the city at the invitation of Central Falls City Councilman James Diossa.

“That’s why we’re here, to find out how (bankruptcy) is affecting their daily lives. People seem to be going with their business,” Chafee said.

Robert Flanders, the state-appointed receiver overseeing the rebuilding of Central Falls, said he’s preparing to unveil a 5-year plan Thursday for returning the city to solvency.

“Going forward, the big issue will be economic development, and what can we do to take the city to a new place once we’ve got the expenses under control,” Flanders said.

Flanders filed for bankruptcy in federal court last month on behalf of the city.

Article source: http://www2.turnto10.com/news/2011/sep/21/3/governor-tour-central-falls-businesses-ar-750524/

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