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In today’s global innovation, manufacturing, and maker economy, design is the key to staying ahead of the curve, fueling product iterations and market realizations.

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40-70% of manufacturing cost for a product is determined by design.

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Added Business 2007-2012

In Rhode Island, the design sector added 500 businesses between 2007-2012 despite the recession.

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Providence has the third highest concentration of industrial designers per capita in the nation.

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Further, the state has a workforce with over 41,000 (or 9%) directly employed by manufacturing.

As companies “re-shore,” Rhode Island is well placed, with its high percentage of experienced manufacturing sector workers and roots in design innovation, to fuel the next generation of product development in the U.S.