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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 R.I. DEPARTMENT OF LABOR and Training reported that the state's unemployment rate remained at 4.5 percent while 900 jobs were added month to month and 5,600 jobs year over year. / COURTESY RIDLT

Unemployment holds steady at 4.5 percent as job additions shine in...

PROVIDENCE – While the seasonally adjusted unemployment rate remained unchanged at 4.5 percent in April, 900 jobs were added in the state since March,...
ON WEDNESDAY BROWN UNIVERSITY released the 2018 annual report on its Diversity and Inclusion Action Plan. The update found progress made in the hiring and recruitment of faculty and graduate students from historically underrepresented groups as well as an increase in opportunities for recent HUG Ph.D. graduates to access academic careers. / COURTESY BROWN UNIVERSITY

Progress made in diversity and inclusion, says Brown in update

PROVIDENCE – Brown University on Wednesday published a report providing an update on its “Pathways to Diversity and Inclusion: An Action Plan for Brown University,” campaign...
AT A BREAKFAST hosted by the Northern Rhode Island Chamber of Commerce, R.I. House Speaker Nicholas A. Mattiello said the legislature had a new framework for the PawSox deal. / COURTESY U.S. SMALL BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION/RYAN BRISSETTE

Mattiello addresses PawSox deal progress at Chamber breakfast

(Updated at 3:23 p.m.)LINCOLN – During an “eggs and issues” breakfast hosted by the Northern Rhode Island Chamber of Commerce, House Speaker Nicholas A. Mattiello...
ON MONDAY, Rhode Island School of Design announced a symposium centered on the Rosa Parks family home currently on display at WaterFire Arts Center in Providence. The statement comes more than two months after Brown University dropped ties with the home's owner and artist, Ryan Mendoza. / COURTESY FABIA MENDOZA

RISD to host Rosa Parks house installation symposium

PROVIDENCE - The next chapter in the ongoing saga surrounding the installation of a home once owned by Rosa Parks’ family will see the...
DISCOVER NEWPORT announced it had won national recognition as a tourism marketing district from Civitas Advisors, a Sacramento, Calif.-based tourism consultancy firm. / COURTESY DISCOVER NEWPORT

New distinction wins Discover Newport national recognition

NEWPORT - A year after declaring the City by the Sea a tourism marketing district, Discover Newport has been named the recipient of Civitas...
IN A STATEMENT MONDAY, Roger Williams University announced CVS Health Corp. renewed its Executive Leadership Series for the fourth year. / PBN FILE ART

CVS renews professional development program with RWU

PROVIDENCE - The Executive Learning Series - a training program through the Roger Williams University School of Continuing Studies' Center for Workforce and Professional Development...
NINE OF THE 12 Current Conditions Index indicators saw improvement in March. / COURTESY LEONARD LARDARO

CCI dives from February to March

SOUTH KINGSTOWN – University of Rhode Island economist Leonard Lardaro called a 17-point slip in the Current Conditions Index to 75 in March from...
SKILLS BUILDER: Suzannah MacDonald, left, a fine gardener at Wild & Scenic in South Kingstown, jumped at the chance to participate in the Rhode Island Nursery and Landscape Association’s apprenticeship program to hone her skills. MacDonald is working with Wild & Scenic owner Meg Gallagher.  / PBN PHOTO/KATE WHITNEY LUCEY

Still recovering from recession, R.I.’s ‘green-collar’ sector sees hope in an...

When offered a spot in the Rhode Island Nursery and Landscape Association’s apprenticeship program, Suzannah MacDonald was so excited she blurted out “yes, done”...
PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Five Questions With Narya Marcille

Narya Marcille | Owner, Blooming Anchor Designs1. You were approached by Newsweek to design a cover illustration marking the first anniversary of the...
BROWN UNIVERSITY is taking steps to help low-income students afford college. Beginning in the 2018-19 school year, students who qualify for $0 parent contributions (families who make less than $60,000 per year) will receive additional financial aid to cover the full cost of tuition, fees, housing and a 20-meal-per-week plan. / COURTESY BROWN UNIVERSITY

Brown addresses meal plan, textbook costs for low-income students

PROVIDENCE – Brown University is looking to make it even easier for low-income students to afford a college education.While the Providence-based Ivy League school...
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