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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
TUFTS HEALTH PLAN had two of its plans given five stars by the National Committee for Quality Assurance, including the only PPO plan in the nation to receive that rating.

Two Tufts health plans given 5-star ratings by NCQA

PROVIDENCE – Seven private commercial and Medicaid health insurance plans active in Rhode Island received 4.5 out of five stars or higher in the...
THE INITIAL CLASS OF WAVEMAKER FELLOWS have been identified. Each recipient of the R.I. Commerce Corp.-funded program designed to keep STEM-field college graduates in Rhode Island will receive a tax credit to offset the repayment schedule of college loans. On average, each fellow will receive $3,750 per year. / CIURTESY OFFICE OF THE GOVERNOR

State makes first Wavemaker Fellowship grants

PROVIDENCE – Two hundred and fifteen college graduates working in science, technology, engineering and mathematics fields were chosen as the recipients of R.I. Commerce...
GOV. GINA M. RAIMONDO speaks with a group of Central High School students who participated in the Prepare RI initiative, which helped high school students take college courses for credit. / COURTESY OFFICE OF THE GOVERNOR

State funds Prepare RI initiative and program doubles enrollment in first...

PROVIDENCE – Launched last year, Gov. Gina M. Raimondo’s Prepare RI initiative, which sees high school students earn college credits, witnessed its enrollment more...

R.I. receives $60K from U.S. Education Department for low-income AP test...

PROVIDENCE – The R.I. Department of Elementary and Secondary Education received $60,442 of the $28.4 million in Advanced Placement Test Fee grants awarded to...
ATTENDEES OF THE BIG E, the Eastern States Exposition, being held in West Springfield, Mass., will be able to see pumpkin carving Tuesday during Rhode Island Day, such as is seen yearly at the Roger Williams Park Zoo for Halloween. Here, an exhibit inspired by the "Lord of the Kings" movies. / COURTESY ROGER WILLIAMS PARK ZOO

Rhode Island Day Tuesday at Big E 2016, a centennial celebration

WEST SPRINGFIELD, Mass. – During the centennial celebration of the Eastern States Exposition, Rhode Island Day will take place Tuesday, Sept. 20, and feature...
MAKE A WISH MASSACHUSETTS AND RHODE ISLAND is organizing a one-day, 30 mile hike in western Massachusetts from Sept. 30 to Oct. 2 to raise funds.

Make A Wish Trailblaze Challenge to be held first weekend in...

SAVOY, Mass. – Residents of Massachusetts and Rhode Island 18 years or older are encouraged to register for the Make A Wish Massachusetts and...
SIERRA BARTER, co-founder and CEO of the Lady Project, hopes to have 15 chapters up and running across the nation by the end of the year. / COURTESY JEN BRISTER/STORY & GOLD

Five Questions With: Sierra Barter

As the CEO and co-founder of the Lady Project, an economic development nonprofit providing women a forum in which to meet and collaborate, Sierra...

Edesia and Russell Morin Catering announce philanthropic initiative

PROVIDENCE – A joint philanthropic venture, “Saving Lives is a Piece of Cake,” between Edesia and Russell Morin Catering & Events which could save...

Neutaconkanut Hill Conservancy historic walk on Oct. 1

JOHNSTON – The Neutaconkanut Hill Conservancy will host an afternoon outing on Saturday, Oct. 1, which will include talks about the changing boundaries of...

Save The Bay warm water exhibit, largest warm display in organization’s...

NEWPORT – Save The Bay’s Exploration Center has installed its second new display, “Bay of the Future,” in as many years.A 350-gallon tank, the...
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