By Patrick Anderson
PBN Staff Writer
PROVIDENCE – “Things need to change” in the Ocean State economy, Rhode Island Foundation Executive Director Neil Steinberg told business and community leaders Friday morning in a plea for new ideas at the nonprofit’s Make It Happen RI forum.
For two hours, gathered around tables in the Rhode Island Convention Center, the state’s business and community leaders proposed new strategies for workforce training, investment vehicles, marketing and a wide array of public-private partnerships.
Among the many ideas that gained traction in a discussion on attacking unemployment:
In discussions on improving the business environment attendees discussed creating more groups based on the Betaspring model, creating new partnerships between businesses and universities and getting more business people in government.
In the afternoon, groups are tackling the “skills gap,” helping entrepreneurs, and growing existing businesses.