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Emily Gowdey-Backus

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
GREEN ENERGY: David Lamb, assistant director of utilities management at the University of Rhode Island, and Marcia Garcia, URI’s sustainability officer, stand among a field of solar panels in South Kingstown. The solar array is part of the 40-megawatt South Kingstown Solar Collaboration facility, of which URI is one of three partners. 

R.I.’s solar industry has grown with the help of state incentives....

After stints in the California, Nevada and Texas solar-energy industries, Kenny Hsieh learned of the financial incentives offered in Rhode Island, picked up his...
BUCKING THE TREND: Brian A. Azar, senior vice president and chief lending officer at Navigant Credit Union, speaks with Deborah Drechnowicz, center, mortgage underwriting supervisor, and Lisa Grimo, mortgage loan underwriter. Unlike most banks, which saw their mortgage loan volume go down, Navigant reported an 8 percent increase from 2017 to 2018.

Mortgage rates increase, loan volume drops during tumultuous 2018

After a tumultuous stock market performance in 2018 – especially during the last month of the year amid holiday celebrations – many banks’ mortgage...

Five Questions With: Gina McDonald

As a certified public accountant and lead consultant at FMA, Gina McDonald works with a variety of nonprofit organizations to help them build their...
ONE-STOP SHOP: Bill and Diana Bothelo opened The Cheese Wheel in Tiverton in November. The shop sells packaged meats and cheeses, shown below. 

Cheese and meats from near and far

Husband and wife team Bill and Diana Bothelo in November launched The Cheese Wheel Inc. at 3838 Main Road in Tiverton. New to entrepreneurship and...
CONTEMPORARY VIEW: Bobbie Lemmons, right, founder and creative director of Atelier Newport, in the gallery with ­Michele Maker Palmieri. Lemmons focuses on emerging and midcareer artists.

Newport gallery grows with city

(Updates throughout to add Palmieri as owner and clarify Lemmons' role as a business partner.) For the past three years, Atelier Newport founder Bobbie Lemmons...
ON HOLD: Pictured is an artist’s rendering of planned permanent headquarters to house the state archives. The $52 million project has been stalled due to a lack of budget funds.

Lack of funds preventing design and construction of new state archives...

For decades, Rhode Islanders have sought a permanent facility to house, preserve and exhibit the documents collected in the state archives. A July 1924 Providence...

Five Questions With: Kristin Quinn

Kristin Quinn is the executive director of the Woonsocket YMCA. She succeeds Diane Martin, who served in the position for more than a decade....
DEEPLY FOCUSED: Matthew Shenoda, social equity and inclusion vice president at Rhode Island School of Design, speaks with social equity inclusion fellow Rene Payne.

Five Questions With Matthew Shenoda

5Q: Matthew Shenoda | Social equity and inclusion vice president, Rhode Island School of Design 1. You’ve held the inaugural position of social equity...
DECEMBER 2018's Current Conditions Index was measured at 50 - a 17-point decline from November and a 33-point decline year over year. The data was released Monday in the latest report from University of Rhode Island economist Leonard Lardaro. / COURTESY UNIVERSITY OF RHODE ISLAND

A drop from Nov., but CCI closes 2018 in neutral territory

SOUTH KINGSTOWN – After a double-digit climb in November, the December 2018 Current Conditions Index fell 17 points to a value of 50, according...

Rhode Island Foundation offers scholarships honoring Roger Williams

PROVIDENCE – The Rhode Island Foundation invites high school seniors to apply for the latest round of Carter Roger Williams Initiative college scholarships in...

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