Last week the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston that it was extending its “Working Cities Challenge” to Rhode Island after its debut in the Bay State. Will Rhode Island be able to attract private investment to the public/private economic development partnership as Massachusetts has done?
With the idea that the Pawtucket Red Sox would move to a downtown Providence riverfront location now out of the question, the issue of where the minor-league baseball team will play is unclear. What do you think?
Providence Business News’ semi-annual Business Survey reveals continued rising optimism among for-profit enterprises in the PBN Top List database. More than two-thirds of respondents to this summer’s survey said that they expected the Rhode Island economy to improve significantly or slightly in the next 12 months. What do you think?
The state will hire a consultant to help it decide how to use $5 million to brand and market Rhode Island for tourism and economic development. One of the applicants, Atom Media Group of West Warwick, has made a public pitch for the gig, arguing that hiring an outside company would suggest the state doesn’t have the ability to market itself. Others say the state needs to hire the best candidate, regardless of where the firm is based. What do you think?
Last week Providence was given another F for small business friendliness by Thumbtack, based on the ease of starting a new business as well as for licensing, tax code and zoning issues.What has been your experience, or that of people and companies you know? Is Providence among the most unfriendly places for a small business?
The major global sell-off of equity investments last week put to the test the resolve of investors large and small. How did you react to the gyrations created by uncertainty in the Chinese economy’s strength?
Last week the I-195 Redevelopment District Commission chose its new executive director, following the sudden departure of its previous day-to-day leader. Was the method for finding the new head of the commission one you approve of?