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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
FILLING A NEED: Vennicia Kingston, owner of Eagle Eye Properties in Providence, said the goal of her business is to purchase abandoned buildings and complete needed construction to return them to code to house families in need. / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Eye on property clean up

It was an on-the-job injury that led Vennicia Kingston to entrepreneurship. “I lost the sight in my left eye,” she said of the injury that...
Nine companies will receive grants ranging in size from $10,000 to $20,000 in the latest iteration of DESIGNxRI’s Providence Design Catalyst program. Pictured are the recipients of 2019 grants. BACK ROW, L to R: Justin Kerr of Justin Kerr Design, Michael Savoia of Villa Savoia, Willa Van Nostrand of Bitte Artisanal Catering, Benjamin Laudicano of Chasing Brunch, Matthew Larkin of Nine and Two Thirds. FRONT ROW, L to R: Urvi Sharma and Manan Narang of INDO LLC, Erin Kayvedo of Chasing Brunch, Maria Prus of M Designs Studio, Phoebe Neel of Ephemera. Not pictured: Rebecca Atwood and Gabriel Long of Atomic Clock. / COURTESY DESIGNXRI

DESIGNxRI announces 2019 Providence Design Catalyst cohort

PROVIDENCE – Everything from furniture and glass design to photography, craft cocktails and branding were represented among the nine winners of the 2019 Providence...

UMass Dartmouth SMAST East building earns LEED Silver rating

NEW BEDFORD – A LEED Silver certification was granted to the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth School for Marine Science & Technology late last month,...

Five Questions With: Daniel Ames

As associate dean of the Bryant University College of Business, Daniel Ames oversees the school’s graduate business programs and assists with recruiting and accreditation....

Bridge to Fitness benefits regional charities with ‘Fitness Jamboree’

MIDDLETOWN – Capping off 2018 and ringing in the new year in a charitable fashion, exercise company Bridge to Fitness hosted a 90-minute “Fitness...

URI promotes sustainability with bottle-refill initiative

SOUTH KINGSTOWN – In an effort to reduce the amount of plastic entering local landfills, a new campuswide program at the University of Rhode...

Bryant University’s IDEA 2019 seminar focuses on user experience

SMITHFIELD – In its seventh annual iteration, Bryant University’s Innovation and Design Experience for All, or IDEA, 2019 seminar added a focus on user...

Blodgett named Lincoln School head varsity basketball coach

PROVIDENCE – Cindy Blodgett, a four-time NCAA All-American, former WNBA player and head of the Lincoln School’s physical education department, has been named the...
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Five Questions With Nina Stack

Nina Stack | Executive director, The Champlin Foundation 1. You were appointed executive director in June of last year. How have you found your...

Can SAT predict top teachers?

Rhode Island is the sole New England state that requires prospective college students pursuing education degrees to provide SAT scores – let alone score...
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