Shortage of industrial sites has R.I. taking steps to help

Chelsea Siefert, program director at RI Ready, at the Edesia plant in Quonset Business Park. /ELIZABETH GRAHAM

When it comes to available industrial sites in Rhode Island, the list is rather short. State commerce officials say the vacancy rate is running at about 2% for properties ready for industrial uses, ranging from warehousing to manufacturing. In response, the state has launched Rhode Island Ready, a $40 million economic development initiative designed to

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