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To the Editor: The R.I. Department of Environmental Management is again on record as opposing economic growth and its corollary, jobs. The DEM (an acronym for Delay Economic Momentum) recently objected to a legislative proposal to prevent the expiration of building permits issued to developers by local and state regulatory agencies. more
To the Editor: The Governor’s Workforce Board (GWB) deeply appreciates the vote of support for job training expressed in the PBN’s editorial entitled “Broad job training efforts a good sign” (4/15/13). The editorial specifically commends the GWB for two grants recently awarded to Amos House in Providence and Connecting Children and Families in Woonsocket to partner with employers in the food-service industry to train 120 homeless, unemployed and underemployed Rhode Islanders. These awards were two of 10 Innovative Partnership grants – totaling nearly $2 million – that were announced in March by Gov. Lincoln D. Chafee to support innovative business-education partnerships that will prepare unemployed Rhode Islanders with the skills that businesses need to fill current and future vacancies in high-growth occupations and industries. more
The recently approved American Airlines and US Airways merger could soon mean fewer flights from fewer airports, including regional destinations like T.F. Green Airport, and Manchester-Boston Regional Airport in New Hampshire. The flights that remain will be more expensive and on smaller aircraft – and that may push some airports to downsize, according to one airline expert. more
The vast majority of Rhode Island’s enterprises are small businesses, with fewer than 100 employees. It is no exaggeration to say that as they go, so goes Rhode Island. more
Women-owned businesses in Rhode Island are not growing at the rate as those in the rest of the country. Even more alarming, while the number of businesses is growing at that slower pace, the number of people employed by women-owned companies has actually shrunk since 1997, according to a survey by American Express. more
Jena Touray, vice president of operations for The Maids, is responsible for six Maids locations, including The Maids of West Warwick. The location’s Blue Team was recently selected from more than 800 teams as 2012 Team of the Year at The Maids Growth Summit, held in Las Vegas. The award is given to a team that consistently displays exceptional quality while performing job functions, and best reflects the ideas and standards of The Maids. Touray, a Woonsocket resident, has been with The Maids since 2010 and currently leads a management team of eight and 100 hourly employees. more
James Nagelberg has been elected to serve on the board of directors of the Providence Children’s Museum. more
Bill Maraziti has been appointed CEO of the Maher Center. more
Marc Crisafulli has been re-elected as vice president of the board of directors of the Providence Children’s Museum. more
Steve Siener has been named vice president and general manager of business development at The Cooley Group. more
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