Initiatives [content coming] Other Initiatives (external links) RI Small Business Coalition Lt. Governor's Entrepreneurship Challenge Empower RI Age-Friendly RI Celebrating Hope & Main Rhode Island Food Entrepreneurs at the DishUP RI Launch Lieutenant Governor Sabina Matos is committed to creating equity in all areas of Rhode Island. As Lieutenant Governor, her top priorities are housing, small business growth and development, elder care, education, and veteran's affairs. To address the myriad of issues around housing, the Lieutenant Governor, state, and community partners will be hosting a virtual housing summit in the summer of 2021. The summit's goal is to inform a much broader and larger in-person summit in the late fall of 2021. (Details are forthcoming.) The Lieutenant Governor continues to help Rhode Island's small business community access programs, share knowledge, and leverage resources across the state. She holds a bi-weekly Facebook Small Business Town Hall on Tuesdays at noon. These can be watched in real-time or at your convenience by visiting Facebook.com/LGSabinaMatos. If you have questions, comments, or ideas for topics, please email [email protected]. On opposite Tuesdays at noon, the Rhode Island Small Business Coalition hosts a Small Business Town Hall on their Facebook page, which can be found here: Facebook.com/RISmallBusiness. Eldercare, specifically Alzheimer's Disease, is an area that the Lieutenant Governor plays a leading role at the state level in advocacy and other initiatives. As of 2020, the Alzheimer's Association shows that at least 24,000 individuals over the age of 65 live with the disease or other forms of dementia in the State of Rhode Island. That number is expected to increase to 27,000 by the year 2025. Lieutenant Governor Matos is committed to helping celebrate our state's top students through her Annual Leadership Awards and to help foster entrepreneurship amongst our students through her Entrepreneurship Challenge. The Office of the Lieutenant Governor is deeply committed to caring for our state's military veterans, the families of those who have died in service to our nation, and active-duty military personnel as well as their families. The Lieutenant Governor raises private funds to help support our Rhode Island military families who require financial relief through the RI Military Family Relief Fund. Annually, the Lieutenant Governor honors all those lost in military conflicts since the attack on our nation on September 11, 2001, with a formal wreath-laying in the Garden of Heroes that the office maintains and cares for. During the Christmas season, the office partners with corporate sponsors and philanthropic partners to send care packages to our military personnel serving our nation overseas through Operation Holiday Cheer. Finally, other initiatives include opioid prevention, public utility accountability, and the International Economic Ambassadors program.