ROME, ITALY (WPRI) - The Rhode Show was the only local media outlet asked to attend WaterFire Rome, but they weren't the only ones there.
Providence Mayor Angel Taveras, also came along to take part, while taking care of business at the same time.
"My hope is that a lot of people that see it here will want to go to the original WaterFire and that's in providence Rhode Island," said Taveras.
But before enjoying the spectacular event, he was busy with plans of his own.
"You got to go out and look at someone, look them in the eye, and shake their hand and tell them what you have, and that's what we're doing here today," said Jim Bennett, Director of Economic Development in Providence.
Mayor Taveras met with the mayor of Rome, to build relationships that will be beneficial to Rhode Island.
"Talking with the mayor about what goes on in his city and obviously the historic nature of it and all the tourists he attracts, it's helpful to learn about that as well and my hope is that this is the start of a good long and fruitful relationship not only for Rome but obviously for Providence."
Bringing WaterFire to international locations, like Rome, will improve the chances of growing our economy.
"Any time we have a chance to get on the world stage we have to take advantage of it," Bennett said.
Strong economic ties with the Italian capital will help those in our capital.
"Rhode Islanders should know that we're always looking for ways to help build our economy back home and to the extent that we can partner with Rome and bring attention to our city, that's a positive for both cities," Taveras said.
Getting Providence on the map through an event like WaterFire will hopefully draw more visitors to the Ocean State.
"For us, it brings close to a hundred thousand people into our city seven to eight times a year in the summertime and they are eating in our restaurants and staying in our hotels so it's a tremendous economic driver but incorporating art and culture and we're happy to promote it, not only here but hopefully in Paris and other parts of the world," Bennett said.
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