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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
Jeffrey Cannell is the newly appointed director of Providence Community Library. / COURTESY DHANA WHITEING

Five Questions With: Jeffrey Cannell

Jeffrey Cannell is the newly appointed director of Providence Community Library. Established as a nonprofit in 2009, PCL, Rhode Island’s largest library system, has...
Collette Cares, the philanthropic arm of Pawtucket-based travel tourism company Collette, has launched its first Rhode Island signature program by awarding Children’s Friend its signature literacy grant, which focuses on youth literacy in the Ocean State. / COURTESY COLLETTE CARES

Collette Cares launches philanthropic program

PAWTUCKET – Collette Cares, the philanthropic arm of Pawtucket-based travel tourism company Collette, has launched its first Rhode Island signature program by awarding Children’s...

Lt. Jim Pagano Foundation awards $27K in grants

CRANSTON – A total of $27,000 in grants was awarded by the Lt. Jim Pagano Foundation to individuals and programs supporting character development, including...

Historic New England receives grant to restore 1750s-era farmhouse in Saunderstown

SAUNDERSTOWN – The 1772 Foundation awarded a $10,000 grant to Historic New England to fund exterior repairs and painting of Casey Farm’s 1750s-era farmhouse.Work...
THREE INDUSTRY SECTORS stood out for making year-over-year job gains in July - Accommodation & Food Services, Manufacturing, and Professional & Business Services - gaining 5,200 jobs in the 12-month period, even as the state as a whole added 5,000 jobs. / COURTESY R.I. DEPARTMENT OF LABOR AND TRAINING

R.I. gains 5K jobs over year, highest state total since Aug....

PROVIDENCE – The seasonally-adjusted unemployment rate for July 2016 in Rhode Island was 5.5 percent, unchanged from June 2016 and four-tenths of a percentage...
COLLEGE UNBOUND'S Prison Bridge Program is hosting a symposium, “Educating the Current and Formerly Incarcerated,” on Sept. 21 to discuss successful offender re-entry partnerships in Rhode Island.

College Unbound hosting forum on how higher ed can help those...

PROVIDENCE – College Unbound’s Prison Bridge Program is hosting a symposium, “Educating the Current and Formerly Incarcerated,” to discuss successful offender re-entry partnerships in...
SENATE MAJORITY LEADER Dominick J. Ruggerio said the legislation links Rhode Island with a national trend “utilizing a proven and effective training model – apprenticeships for nontraditional job skills.” / COURTESY R.I. GENERAL ASSEMBLY

Incentives for nontrade apprenticeships signed into law

PROVIDENCE – Newly signed legislation will promote apprenticeship training beyond mainstream trades like construction and plumbing into nontraditional ventures like manufacturing, information technology, design...
THE RHODE ISLAND FOUNDATION awarded $18.2 million in grants during the first half of 2016, benefiting a broad cross-section of nonprofits and community initiatives.

RI Foundation donates $18.2M over first half of 2016

PROVIDENCE – From health care issues to housing problems, hundreds of nonprofits serving Rhode Islanders benefited from the $18.2 million the Rhode Island Foundation...
Shawn Quirk is the program director for Flickers, the nonprofit arm of the Rhode Island International Film Festival. / COURTESY CINDY WRIGHT

Five Questions With: Shawn Quirk

As the program director for Flickers, the nonprofit arm of the Rhode Island International Film Festival, Shawn Quirk is responsible for overseeing the selection...
Admirals Bank foursome Joe Schleifer, Jon Botts, Eric Schwartz and Riley McDermott  are seen at the Providence Children’s Museum’s 33rd annual Allen H. Chatterton Jr. Memorial Golf Tournament held on Aug. 1 at the Wannamoisett Country Club in East Providence. / COURTESY PROVIDENCE CHILDREN'S MUSEUM

Golf tourney raises $57K for Providence Children’s Museum

EAST PROVIDENCE – One hundred golfers took part in the Providence Children’s Museum’s 33rd annual Allen H. Chatterton Jr. Memorial Golf Tournament held on...
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