Providence Director of Planning Ruben Flores-Marzan arrived in Providence from his native Puerto Rico days before a February storm dumped 2 feet of snow on the city. Determined to test the city’s “walkability,” Flores-Marzan sprained his knee negotiating a sidewalk snow bank. more
The Steel Yard in Providence is a unique combination of arts and technical training in welding, blacksmithing, jewelry and ceramics. Its new executive director, Helen Lang, stepped into the position in April, equipped with training in film and theater and extensive hands-on administrative and financial experience with nonprofits, as well as in the corporate world. As Lang puts down roots in Rhode Island and gets deeper into leading the Steel Yard, she’s sharing her vision on how to raise the Steel Yard’s community profile and maximize its potential as a catalyst for economic growth. more
Arnold Robinson is director of the Community Partnerships Center at Roger Williams University. Formed just under two years ago, the center serves as a central resource to partner students with community organizations, client organizations and government agencies in real-world, experiential-learning projects that would have a visible impact on partner communities. more
It’s a strange and wonderful time at Electric Boat. While most of the American defense sector contracts under federal budget cuts, the Groton, Conn.-based submarine builder is starting its largest expansion in a generation. At the company’s North Kingstown plant, Electric Boat is scaling up from 2,500 workers to potentially twice that number over the next eight years to develop the nation’s next ballistic-missile submarine. After years of cutbacks at Electric Boat, President Kevin J. Poitras is drawing on his 40 years of experience, which included the submarine arms race against the Soviet Union, to manage this new growth period. more
Andy Cutler, founder of Cutler & Co., has spent the past two years and plenty of his own money working on an initiative that aims to connect Providence with other smaller cities around the world. Drawn to the similarities between Providence and Copenhagen, he selected the Danish city as the first focus of Smaller Cities Unite!, an initiative designed to link Rhode Island’s capital with other cities that have populations of 1.5 million or less, and that share commonalities such as student engagement, economic development, policy, entrepreneurship and arts and culture. After months of forging virtual connections with residents of Copenhagen and trying to build local support, Cutler recently traveled to the city. He spent 11 days there discussing ways to form lasting connections between the two cities. more
Joe Dziobek, president and CEO of Fellowship Health Resources, has, in his nearly 40-year career there, helped the nonprofit behavioral health care agency grow from $1 million to $33 million in annual revenue, and established several departments, including the Office of Peer Recovery Services, and Studio 35, a healing arts and recovery program. more
After nine years of organizing, advocating for and expanding financial-literacy initiatives in Rhode Island, Jim Hedemark will soon be leaving his post as the executive director of the Rhode Island Jump$tart Coalition for Personal Financial Literacy. more
David M. Gilden made his connection with Providence as a Brown University student, then went to Boston to earn his law degree. But Rhode Island had gotten a hold on this Connecticut native. He recalled it as “a bit of an experiment” when he took a chance on the Ocean State as the place where he would settle.more
PBN is now accepting applications for its newest award program and event for RI & Bristol County to celebrate the Manufacturing Renaissance that is evolving regionally and across the country. The deadline for applications is March 20th.
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