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Dr. Kathleen C. Hittner was retired, and she and her husband were building a retirement home in Hilton Head, S.C., when Gov. Lincoln D. Chafee called and asked her to succeed Christopher F. Koller, the state’s first and only health insurance commissioner during the last eight years. more
The Tech Collective is currently accepting nominations for its 2013 Tech10 awards, which will honor Rhode Island’s top 10 IT practitioners, digital media designers and entrepreneurs. more
It is widely assumed that people in economically “advanced” countries do not differ significantly in how satisfied they are with their jobs. Because they are about equally productive, the reasoning is, they must produce things the same way, and so their work experience must be the same, too. more
Since the financial crisis, a Narragansett Bay-sized cloud of self-doubt or “irrational negativity,” as Gov. Lincoln D. Chafee described it, has been among the factors blamed for Rhode Island’s inability to regain its financial footing. more
New England employer costs for employee compensation in June 2013 averaged $34.81 per hour, the highest in the country, according to a U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics report issued Thursday. more
The EB-5 program, a U.S. immigration initiative that awards green cards to foreigners who invest in American companies, has seen unprecedented success since its inception in 1990. In just 23 years, this program has created approximately 49,000 jobs and attracted more than $2.4 billion in direct foreign investment. Unfortunately, not a single one of these jobs – and not a single dollar of investment – has come to Rhode Island, and that has to change. more
Construction employment in Rhode Island dropped 4.4 percent in August compared with the same period in 2012, a year-over-year net loss of 700 jobs, according to an analysis of Labor Department data by the Associated General Contractors of America. more
Business leaders hailed state lawmakers for ending Rhode Island’s prohibition on biweekly pay this past summer to remove what they described as a longstanding barrier to improving the state’s poor economic climate. more
The American Staffing Association honored the Rhode Island chapter with two prestigious awards at its recent annual convention, according to a news release. more
Educators from the R.I. Department of Education recently completed a “road show” on what next-generation science standards will look like in the classroom when they are implemented over the next three years. more
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