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IN THE WORKS: Pictured are ­
affordable housing units under ­construction on Bowdoin 
Street in Providence.

How will R.I. use $250M to ease its housing woes?

Rhode Island has received $1.1 billion in federal money from the American Rescue Plan Act, passed in response to the economic effects of the...
NEW BREED OF COMPANIONSHIP: Meghan Gamboa, Ageless Innovation LLC co-founder and senior vice president, holds an animatronic cat at the company’s Pawtucket headquarters. The cats, dogs and birds produced by Ageless Innovation have been shown to be beneficial for the mental health of the elderly.

For her, Ageless Innovation much more than pet project

It was a combination of soccer, Hasbro Inc. and Bryant University that brought Meghan Gamboa to Rhode Island, where she now works as co-founder and senior vice president...
HELPING WITH CHANGES: Mary Jo “MJ” Kaplan and her firm, Kaplan Consulting LLC, specialize in executive leadership, strategy and the future of work, which is a significant focus brought to light by the COVID-19 pandemic. / PBN PHOTO/TRACY JENKINS

Mary Jo Kaplan, Kaplan Consulting LLC founder and CEO

Leaders & Achievers 2022 MARY JO “MJ” KAPLAN Founder and CEO, Kaplan Consulting LLC MARY JO “MJ” KAPLAN, founder and CEO of Narragansett-based Kaplan Consulting...
TREADING ALONG: CVS Health Corp. employee Diana Balavender works out on a treadmill at one of the company’s on-site fitness centers. 

Taking care of employees allows CVS to best serve customers

PBN Healthiest Employers Awards 2022 5,000+ EMPLOYEES 1. CVS Health Corp. CEO (or equivalent): Karen S. Lynch, CEO and president Number of employees: 325,000 As a diversified health services...
PASSIONATE PURSUIT: Sylvia C. Spears gets much job satisfaction as vice president of administration and innovation at Providence-based College Unbound, where women of color make up a lot of the student body. Spears is a member of the Narragansett Tribal Nation. / PBN PHOTO/RUPERT WHITELEY

Spears committed to helping students succeed at College Unbound

2022 C-Suite Awards: Nonprofit/Social Service Agency | Sylvia C. Spears, College Unbound vice president for administration and innovation For more than 25 years, Sylvia C....
CLEAN ENVIRONMENT: An Amgen employee works inside the next-generation biomanufacturing plant built in West Greenwich in 2020. / COURTESY AMGEN RHODE ISLAND/AL WEEMS

Building on the promise of biotech

TECHNOLOGY With help from companies ranging from global corporations to local startups, Rhode Island has had its share of victories in the biotech sector in...
COLLABORATIVE MEETING: Staff and members at Direct Action for Rights and Equality collaborate at the office. Clockwise from left, Jordan Jace, Behind The Walls member; Debra Harris, outreach coordinator; Christopher V. Samih-­Rotondo, interim director; and Anusha Alles, staff organizer for Behind The Walls. / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

More focus on racial justice causes

It’s been a trying year-plus for Rhode Island-based nonprofits whose missions center around diversity, equity and racial inclusion. The murders of George Floyd and other...
SWITCHING GEARS: Felis Franco, left, and Juan Arrojo load a sealer at Eco Global Manufacturing LLC in Providence. During the COVID-19 pandemic, the product design company switched gears to produce face shields and isolation gowns. / PBN PHOTO/TRACY JENKINS

Custom machines allow Eco Global to bring PPE production back to...

PBN Manufacturing Awards 2021 Excellence at a Family-Owned Business: Eco Global Manufacturing LLC Eco Global ManufacturinG LLC is a third-generation product design and manufacturing company in...
PUMPED UP: ALCOR Scientific Inc. employee Jeinmy Veloz assembles the main miniiSED pumps prior to packaging at the Smithfield-based medical equipment manufacturer. / COURTESY ALCOR SCIENTIFIC INC.

ALCOR’s medical equipment assisting in the fight against COVID-19

PBN Manufacturing Awards 2021 Excellence in Product Innovation & Design: Alcor Scientific Inc. ALCOR Scientific Inc. in Smithfield has managed to weather the COVID-19 pandemic thanks...
PLENTY ON HIS PLATE: Providence Mayor Jorge O. Elorza is not only leading the city government through the COVID-19 pandemic, but he’s also signed an executive order to start a truth-telling and reparation process for Black and Indigenous people. / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Fixing racial injustice, failing schools remain priorities in Providence

Mayor Jorge O. Elorza has been in office since 2015, but after being reelected in 2018, he is now term-limited and cannot run for...
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