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EDC names executive director of R.I. America’s Cup event

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PROVIDENCE – Paul C. Harden will oversee Rhode Island’s planning for the America’s Cup 2012 World Series event.

The event will take place at Fort Adams State Park and will be the final stop of the 2012 America’s Cup World Series.

The final event will comprise nine days of competitive sailing races, starting June 23 that culminate in the crowning of the America's Cup World Series Champion. The event include speed trials and a series of qualifying races.

“Through his tireless work and extensive expertise at the R.I. Economic Development Corporation, Paul was instrumental in helping to lead an interagency effort to secure the 2012 AC World Series event in Rhode Island," said Keith W. Stokes, executive director of the EDC.

Harden resides in Newport and has worked with the EDC for more than 18 years, developing work force training programs and marketing efforts for the marine industry and supported real estate site development for Rhode Island's marine trades.

“Given Newport's and Rhode Island’s strong historical ties to the America’s Cup, I am pleased that a Newporter and someone deeply familiar with our state's sailing community and marine trades will be taking the lead on this exciting event,” said Gov. Lincoln D. Chafee in a news release.

“I am confident that Paul will successfully manage this tremendous opportunity to showcase Rhode Island to the world.”

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