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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

Metta Students honors Pawtucket teen with $1,000 grant

PAWTUCKET – Pawtucket teen and Saint Raphael Academy student Sara Taborda, 17, was honored Wednesday by the Metta Students Foundation for her dedication to...
Jason Ashley volunteers at the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
Community Center in Newport during the Blue across Rhode Island service day. / COURTESY BCBSRI

BCBSRI seeks applicants for day of service

PROVIDENCE – Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Rhode Island is now accepting applications from local nonprofit organizations interested in participating in the company’s...

Can HealthSource RI compete?

Does the decision by UnitedHealthcare of New England's parent not to participate in HealthSource RI in 2017 portend trouble for the state-run health exchange?One...
UNITED WAY of Rhode Island has awarded $3.1 million in grant funding to 31 organizations to fund 41 programs throughout the state.

United Way awards $3.1M in grants

PROVIDENCE – As part of the first stage of its three-year, $12 million grant initiative, United Way of Rhode Island has awarded $3.1 million...
NEW TECHNIQUE: Thomas F. Patzelt, vice president of marketing at Medrobotics in Raynham, is seen in the company's lab with the Flexible Robotics System. Training on the equipment in the background is Dr. Giuseppe Spriano, left, an ENT surgeon from Italy, with Randy Haines, Medrobotics senior director of professional training and education. / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Surgery gets less invasive

Medrobotics Corp. believes it has changed the field of invasive surgery, with the first-ever surgical tool that can snake through the human body, without...
U.S. ATTORNEY for Rhode Island Peter F. Neronha will discuss financial incentives and benefits of hiring ex-offenders at a summit next month. / COURTESY U.S. ATTORNEY'S OFFICE

Summit to highlight workforce development programs for ex-offenders

PROVIDENCE – Outreach efforts by U.S. Attorney Peter F. Neronha and Department of Corrections director A.T. Wall have led to “Road Map to Reentry:...
A NEW REPORT published by the Institute for Research on Higher Education at the University of Pennsylvania Graduate School of Education ranked Rhode Island as the 48th least affordable state to attend college; It said families spend on average 60 percent of annual income to pay for full-time attendance. / COURTESY UNIVERSITY OF PENNSYLVANIA GRADUATE SCHOOL OF EDUCATION

Report: R.I. one of least affordable states to attend college

PROVIDENCE – A report published by the Institute for Research on Higher Education at the University of Pennsylvania Graduate School of Education ranked Rhode...
BERNIE BEAUDREAU, executive director of Serve Rhode Island, is leaving the organization to lead the Connecticut Food Bank. / COURTESY SERVE RHODE ISLAND

Beaudreau leaving Serve Rhode Island

PROVIDENCE – Bernie Beaudreau has stepped down after eight years as executive director of Serve Rhode Island, the state’s center for volunteerism, to become...
NEIL D. STEINBERG, Rhode Island Foundation president, announced Wednesday that 43 projects in all 39 cities and towns will share $500,000 in Centennial Community grants funding. / COURTESY RHODE ISLAND FOUNDATION

R.I. Foundation awards grants for projects in every community

PROVIDENCE – A total of 43 projects in all 39 towns and cities across the state will share $500,000 in Centennial Community Grants funding...
RESPECTABILITY,  a Washington, D.C.-based group that advocates for the disabled, said Rhode Island ranked 32nd for having a disability employment rate of 33.9 percent in 2014. / COURTESY RESPECTABILITY

Report: R.I. ranked 32nd in employed of disabled in ’14

PROVIDENCE – RespectAbility said that Rhode Island, as of 2014, ranked 32nd in employment of disabled persons, with only 33.9 percent of all 63,400...
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