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Emily Gowdey-Backus

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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
CVS HEALTH received a B+ from the D.C.-based advocacy group Safer Chemicals, Healthy Families for its policies and practices regarding the reduction and elimination of potentially dangerous chemicals from its inventory. / BLOOMBERG NEWS FILE PHOTO/CHRISTOPHER LEE

CVS garners B+ in chemical elimination effort from advocacy group

WOONSOCKET –  CVS Health Corp. was awarded a B+ by advocacy group Safer Chemicals, Healthy Families in a report published Wednesday examining the policies...
ON TUESDAY, Brown University announced the receipt of a $31.6 million gift from Diana Nelson and John Atwater. More than half of the gift will fund the creation of an open plan lobby in the school's soon-to-be-built performing arts center. The couple are pictured earlier this year at the 2018 Big Bang Gala benefiting the California Academy of Sciences in San Francisco. / PHOTO BY DREW ALTIZER PHOTOGRAPHY / COURTESY BROWN UNIVERSITY

Brown receives $31.6M gift for performing arts center lobby, other initiatives

PROVIDENCE - Brown University welcomed a $31.6 million gift to fund a central convening space for the university's new performing arts center planned for...
THE CURRENT CONDISTION INDEX, compiled by URI economist Leonard Lardaro, reflected a value of 67 in September. A value above 50 reflects growth. / COURTESY LEONARD LARDARO

September CCI holds at 67

SOUTH KINGSTOWN – Calling the third quarter of 2018 “disappointing at best,” University of Rhode Island economist Leonard Lardaro’s Current Conditions Index report measured...

Local Planned Parenthood to host reproductive-rights celebration

PROVIDENCE – An evening celebrating champions of reproductive rights will be hosted Nov. 19 by the Planned Parenthood of Southern New England at Trinity...

Five Questions With: Edward H. White Jr.

Edward H. White Jr. has served as the executive director of the National Grid Foundation since being named to the position in June 2017....

Lippitt House Museum to host holiday celebrations, behind-the-scenes tour

PROVIDENCE – Throughout November and December, the Lippitt House Museum will open its doors to the public for a series of special events.A behind-the-scenes...

Catholic Foundation of Rhode Island to screen ‘Outcasts’ Nov. 10

PROVIDENCE – On Nov. 10, Rhode Island will become the second New England state to screen the award-winning film “Outcasts.”Produced by Grassroots Films, out...

RWU University College to host open house, regional job fair Nov....

PROVIDENCE – In addition to one of six open houses scheduled between early November and January, a job fair will be hosted by University...

Four in region among top ‘green colleges’

Four schools in the region made The Princeton Review’s latest list of the nation’s top “green colleges,” including one, Brown University, that cracked the...
KIMBERLY GREENE (left), chairman of the board of the Providence Warwick Convention & Visitors Bureau and Martha Sheridan, PWCVB president and CEO, congratulate Larry Lepore, general manager of the Dunkin’ Donuts Center and the RI Convention Center. Lepore was inducted into the PWCVB’s Hall of Fame at its annual meeting. / COURTESY PROVIDENCE WARWICK CONVENTION AND VISITORS BUREAU

Lepore, Panaggio, Cooke, RWP Zoo honored at PWCVB annual meeting

PROVIDENCE – A healthy local hospitality industry was celebrated Wednesday evening at the Providence Warwick Convention and Visitors Bureau annual meeting.The group tallied a...
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