Where in the world is the Governor - again?

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Where in the world is the Governor - again?

 

This week finds Governor Raimondo traveling - under a cloak of secrecy, that matches the same cloak of secrecy at her Idaho destination - the Sun Valley Allen & Co. annual conference for the highest ranking leaders in the media and tech sectors. The annual conference is known for its paradoxical ban on media coverage - leaving journalists scrambling for something to write about.

 

RINewsToday will give you a snippet of what these hard-working media hounds hiding in the bushes are uncovering. After all, this is the place where mega-mergers have happened, and deals have been struck.

 

Deadline.com reports that “Just about every major company represented is apt to swing more deals at some point, though the conference is not quite the seedbed of major transactions that it used to be.”

 

Variety reports, “From Apple to Disney to AT&T, most of the major players who are on the guest list this week at the tony C-suite conclave are making huge investments in storytelling for a new era of streaming on-demand platforms.”


Page Six writes, “ Mark Zuckerberg, Bob Iger, Shari Redstone and Brian Roberts will be among media moguls mingling … the invite-only gathering — from which most reporters are banned — is known as a spot where power brokers can privately conjure up major deals.


Financial Times: “Investment bank Allen & Company’s annual Sun Valley Conference will bring together some of the most influential figures in media. The event, which begins July 9 at a resort in Sun Valley, Idaho, has been known to be fertile soil for dealmaking”.


No news here - that’s what we are led to believe - from one news site to the other, there are similar phrases, along with weather reports, and even photos of swans on a pond outside the main facility.
Why the Rhode Island Governor, of the smallest state in the union, with a nationally talked about (Wall Street Journal, 7-8-2019) crisis in its capital city's school system, on this trip right now? One is left thinking more about the Governor’s former investment company, and planning her path for life after Governor, than about what could be gained for the state of Rhode Island.  Yet, we do have major, internationally recognized companies here - IGT, CVS, Hasbro, Textron, and defense contractors in the southern part of the state, that could benefit by a high-powered seat at the table. Without comment from the Governor's office at this time, we remain inquiring minds, and look forward to hearing developments.