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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

NHS scholarship transforms to cover new emphasis

NEWPORT – Hosted by the Newport Historical Society, the Buchanan-Burnham Summer Internship, now known as the Buchanan Burnham Endowment for Visiting Scholars, is entering...
ALTERNATIVE ROUTE: Fortnight Wine Bar co-owners, from left, Elizabeth McDonnell, Christopher Norris-Leblanc and Mike da Cruz join Leigh Ranucci, second from right, of Wine Traditions, a wine importer, during a champagne event hosted at the bar by Ranucci. The trio opened the workers' cooperative in December. / COURTESY S. WINDOW PHOTOS

Workers invested in wine bar

A new wine bar on Dorrance Street in Providence is shaking up the capital city's popular foodie scene with its egalitarian management style.Fortnight Wine...
KEEPING WATCH: INSPIRE Environmental team members Jimmy Flynn, left, a marine scientist, and Ben Taylor, a geographic information system analyst, visit the Block Island Wind Farm in March 2016, prior to the installation of blades and the wind generator. / COURTESY INSPIRE ENVIRONMENTAL/STEVE SABO

At home on ocean floor

Drew Carey, a Newport-based geologist and ecologist, researches how day-to-day activities of people impact the health of marine wildlife and the ocean floor, and...
STEPPING UP: Rhode Island Foundation CEO Neil D. Steinberg says when RIF sees a need outside its door, it seizes the opportunity, such as establishing the "Make It Happen Rhode Island" forum in 2012 to get people together to brainstorm ideas for economic development. The forum resulted in initiatives such as Buy Local RI and The College & University Research Collaborative. / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

New year, new challenges for RIF CEO Neil Steinberg, including an...

“I’m a big believer that everybody can be a leader. Leadership is not anointed … it’s opportunistic,” said Neil D. Steinberg, Rhode Island Foundation...
TECH TANDEM: A $29,000 Innovation Voucher was won by Newport-based PowerDocks LLC and Roger Williams University to help build renewable-energy marine charging stations. Charles Thangaraj, RWU assistant professor of engineering, will head research for  the project. / PBN PHOTO/ MICHAEL SALERNO

PowerDocks hopes to cut fossil-fuel use with marine charging stations

Nicknamed the Ocean State, Rhode Island is home to thousands of boaters, various fishing companies, a Naval base and a prodigious port-based economy –...

‘Sanctuary’ showdown looms

Mayor Jorge O. Elorza on Jan. 30 said Providence is joining the coalition of so-called "sanctuary" cities across the United States that do not...
BROWN UNIVERSITY PRESIDENT Christina H. Paxson has been appointed to a second five-year term as the university’s president. / PBN FILE PHOTO/TRACY JENKINS

Paxson reappointed to second 5-year term as Brown president

PROVIDENCE – Christina H. Paxson, president of Brown University since 2012, has been reappointed to a second, five-year term by the Corporation of Brown...
JENNIFER MCCANN, director of U.S. coastal programs for the University of Rhode Island’s Coastal Resources Center, has been awarded the 2017 Peter Benchley Ocean Award in the Excellence in Solutions category for her R.I. Ocean Special Area Management Plan. / COURTESY UNIVERSITY OF RHODE ISLAND

URI’s McCann receives international prize for ocean work

SOUTH KINGSTOWN – Jennifer McCann, director of U.S. coastal programs for the University of Rhode Island’s Coastal Resources Center, has been awarded the 2017...
DAVID CHENEVERT is shown at his former business, Swissline Precision Manufacturing in Cumberland; Chenevert recently was named executive  director of the Rhode Island Manufacturers Association.  / PBN FILE PHOTO/DAVID LEVESQUE

Chenevert named RIMA executive director

PROVIDENCE – In a statement released Monday, the Rhode Island Manufacturers Association announced Dave Chenevert, the organization’s acting executive director, took over as executive...
PROVIDENCE MAYOR JORGE O. ELORZA has declared Providence to be a sanctuary city and is prepared to defend that status against potential losses of federal funding as directed by President Donald Trump. / PBN FILE PHOTO/STEPHANIE ALVAREZ EWENS

Elorza: ‘We are a sanctuary city’

PROVIDENCE – Ending the confusion, in a Monday interview with the Providence Business News, Providence Mayor Jorge O. Elorza announced the city has joined...
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