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Emily Gowdey-Backus joined Providence Business News as a staff writer in April 2016. She is a native of Connecticut and holds a Master’s Degree in international journalism from Cardiff University. Emily covers the education, workforce development, hospitality and tourism, and nonprofit beats for the newspaper. Photo Credit: Love & Perry Photography

Five Questions With: Kristin Quinn

Kristin Quinn is the executive director of the Woonsocket YMCA. She succeeds Diane Martin, who served in the position for more than a decade....
DEEPLY FOCUSED: Matthew Shenoda, social equity and inclusion vice president at Rhode Island School of Design, speaks with social equity inclusion fellow Rene Payne.
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Five Questions With Matthew Shenoda

5Q: Matthew Shenoda | Social equity and inclusion vice president, Rhode Island School of Design 1. You’ve held the inaugural position of social equity...
DECEMBER 2018's Current Conditions Index was measured at 50 - a 17-point decline from November and a 33-point decline year over year. The data was released Monday in the latest report from University of Rhode Island economist Leonard Lardaro. / COURTESY UNIVERSITY OF RHODE ISLAND

A drop from Nov., but CCI closes 2018 in neutral territory

SOUTH KINGSTOWN – After a double-digit climb in November, the December 2018 Current Conditions Index fell 17 points to a value of 50, according...

Rhode Island Foundation offers scholarships honoring Roger Williams

PROVIDENCE – The Rhode Island Foundation invites high school seniors to apply for the latest round of Carter Roger Williams Initiative college scholarships in...

Five Questions With: Mary Brooks ‘Polly’ Wall

As of the new year, Mary Brooks “Polly” Wall is the new Rhode Island Foundation board chair. A retired Royal Bank of Scotland executive,...

Providence Preservation Society to host Winter Bash at Bomes Theater

PROVIDENCE – On Feb. 23, the Providence Preservation Society will hold its 16th annual winter fundraiser, this year with a Hollywood theme. The event will...

URI to host 4th annual Guitar Festival in April

SOUTH KINGSTOWN – The University of Rhode Island will host its fourth annual Guitar Festival April 5-7. Participating artists for 2019 include Gaelle Solal from...

Providence Career & Tech students gain home-construction experience

PROVIDENCE – A beam-signing ceremony was held on Jan. 15 to celebrate achievements made by Providence Career & Technical Academy students in the Home...
SPORTS BETTING: Pictured is the new sports-betting facilities at Twin River Casino Hotel in Lincoln. The expansion of sports betting to mobile options is expected to be introduced in the General Assembly this year. / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Super Bowl boosts R.I. coffers

Rhode Islanders can thank the New England Patriots for more than just another NFL championship. While the long-term success of legalized sports betting in Rhode...
WEATHER-RESISTANT: Jeff Sweenor, owner of Sweenor Builders in South Kingstown, points to the house that architectural designer Lori Foley has on screen that is located in South Kingstown and uses helical piers that screw down to bedrock and breakaway lower walls that let the water go right through. / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Fighting back vs. extreme weather

Weather-related damage from fierce hurricanes, flooding, storm surges and intensified UV rays does not discriminate between high-end or low-income housing. In Rhode Island, however, some...
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