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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
The Rhode Island Foundation has launched an education improvement-focused task force designed to develop a long-term strategy and shared vision of educational outcomes in the Ocean State. The foundation publicized the group's existence earlier than planned after the release of the state's first R.I. Comprehensive Assessment System results. / COURTESY RHODE ISLAND FOUNDATION

RICAS scores prompt early announcement of R.I. Foundation education task force

PROVIDENCE – With the aid of a 22-person task force of experts and stakeholders, the Rhode Island Foundation has set a course to chart...
Shey Rivera (left) and Shauna Duffy (right) pose with a recreation of the iconic AS220 propeller. On Dec. 31 Rivera will depart the nonprofit arts group to pursue personal endeavors while Duffy has been promoted to a new role for the group, executive director. / COURTESY AS220

AS220 appoints Duffy to new ED role, following departure of artistic...

PROVIDENCE – The leadership duo of Shey Rivera and Shauna Duffy, which co-led AS220 for the past three years, will dissolve at the end...
THE PROVIDENCE Public Library has announced receipt of a $500,000 Champlin Foundation grant in support of the renovation of its 1950s-era facility. / COURTESY PROVIDENCE PUBLIC LIBRARY

PPL receives $500K Champlin Foundation grant

PROVIDENCE - A $500,000 Champlin Foundation grant has been awarded to the Providence Public Library in support of the ongoing renovation of its 1950s-era...
UMASS DARTMOUTH has broken ground on a $134 million dining and residence complex geared to freshmen. Pictured above is a rendering of the facility. / COURTESY UNIVERSITY OF MASSACHUSETTS DARTMOUTH

UMass Dartmouth breaks ground on $134M residence, dining hall complex

DARTMOUTH – Friday afternoon marked the commencement of construction of phase one of the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth’s $188 million capital investment program announced...

Bailey and Kilpatrick join RWU School of Law board of...

BRISTOL – Earlier this month, the Roger Williams University School of Law announced it had welcomed Collin Bailey and J. Scott Kilpatrick to its...

Five Questions With: Ed Huttenhower

Ed Huttenhower has been state director for the Rhode Island Small Business Development Center at the University of Rhode Island since September 2015. In...

UWRI names new board chair, appoints 5 new board members

PROVIDENCE – A new chair and five new members were appointed to the United Way of Rhode Island board of directors during the nonprofit’s...

URI receives $500K grant from USDA to promote maple industry

SOUTH KINGSTOWN – A three-year, $499,427 grant has been awarded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Acer Access and Development program to a team...

Hasbro continues holiday gift-matching program with Toys for Tots

PROVIDENCE – Throughout the 2018 holiday season, for every new, unwrapped toy or game received by the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve’s Toys for Tots...
COURTESY HENRY P. KENDALL FOUNDATION.

RISD, JWU eye local food brand

A budding partnership between neighboring Providence universities may lead to a new food brand designed for purchase by large institutions with lots of mouths...
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