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A former Smithfield resident bequeathed $6.8 million to the Audubon Society of Rhode Island and The Nature Conservancy’s Rhode Island chapter for land and water conservation, the largest single donation in ASRI’s 117-year history. more
Massachusetts had the highest number of single-family home sales in December since 2004, The Warren Group, publisher of Banker & Tradesman, said Wednesday. more
Rhode Island had the second-highest job growth in New England last year with a 1.8 percent gain, behind only Massachusetts, which reported 2.1 percent growth, according to the R.I. Department of Labor and Training. more
The state’s housing market rebounded in 2015 to its largest volume of single-family sales in a decade, according to statistics released Wednesday by the Rhode Island Association of Realtors. more
Despite a drop in fourth-quarter net income, Washington Trust Bancorp Inc. reported record-breaking 2015 profit totaling $43.5 million, or $2.54 per diluted share, which is a 6.5 percent increase compared with 2014’s results. more
Newport Hospitality Inc. has been awarded an international award for its role in promoting the Volvo Ocean Race’s stopover last spring. more
Rhode Island ranked 47th in the nation for its lack of construction job growth over the year in December, according to the Associated General Contractors, which released data Tuesday. more
There were 34 applicants, but 11 companies will receive state innovation vouchers allowing them to partner with a local university, research center or medical center for research and development assistance with a specific project. more
Brown University is launching an interdisciplinary center for entrepreneurship with a $25 million gift from alumnus Jonathan M. Nelson, founder and CEO of Providence Equity Partners. more
Consumer confidence improved in January to a three-month high as Americans grew more upbeat about the prospects for the economy, labor market and their incomes. more
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