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PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — A project to start a culinary hub and another to create a high-end digital fabric printing facility are the two winners of this year's $300,000 Rhode Island Innovation Fellowships.

The Rhode Island Foundation announced the winners Wednesday. They each receive a $300,000 grant over three years to make their vision a reality. The program is funded by philanthropists John and Letitia Carter.

Providence resident Amy Bernhardt was chosen for her project called Colorfast, a state-of-the-art research and manufacturing pilot facility for the design and production of digitally printed textiles.

David Dadekian (dah-DAY'-kee-an), of Coventry, will receive a fellowship for what he's calling the Eat Drink Rhode Island Central Market. He conceives it as a destination for visitors, a hub for education and to help to expand existing businesses.

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