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FEEDING TIME: Jennifer Warmbold, lead keeper of Africa at the Roger Williams Park Zoo, prepares to feed lettuce to some of the zoo’s Masai giraffes. The zoo is in phase one of a three-phase, 20-year master plan to renovate and expand the Providence attraction.  
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MICHAEL SALERNO

Can a zoo boost the economy?

Adults and kids stare, almost unblinking, at the sleek bodies of giant river otters gliding dreamily in figure eights through their tank.The human faces...
POSITIVE PICTURE: PBN Economic Trends Summit keynote speaker Osborne Jackson, senior economist with the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston, tells attendees employment, labor-market participation, housing prices and consumer confidence are in generally healthy condition in Rhode Island. 
 / PBN PHOTO/RUPERT WHITELEY

Summit attendees encouraged by healthy condition of R.I., N.E. economies

Osborne Jackson, senior economist with the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston, offered a generally positive image of Rhode Island’s and New England’s current economic...
CONFIDENCE WANING? Matt Fair, center, of Hayes & ­Sherry Real Estate Services, listens with colleagues during PBN’s first Economic Trends Summit in Providence on Feb. 15. Panelists said perennial concerns such as rising health care costs and uncertainty about changing federal policies are dampening optimism about an otherwise strong economy.
 / PBN PHOTO/RUPERT WHITELEY

Optimism tempered by uncertainty

Rhode Island’s economy is doing well, but a handful of perennial bugaboos, along with actions at the federal level, have dampened the business community’s...

PBN Economic Trends Summit: R.I. improving but future optimism guarded

PROVIDENCE – Graphs with various economic indicators showing a giant dive in 2008-2009 followed by a steady upward line to today flew on big...
A BRIGHT START: Michael Stuba is training for a job as a pipe fitter for General Dynamics Electric Boat at a Westerly Education Center program put on by the Community College of Rhode Island. / PBN PHOTO/BRIAN MCDONALD

R.I. manufacturers learn to manage a ‘good’ problem – training more...

In the last few years, manufacturing in Rhode Island is on a growth spurt of sales, productivity and plant modernization, and that’s led to...
Brandon Castaneda
Age: 36
Company: National 
Marker Co.
Job title: Production 
planning manager
Education: High school, 
some college / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO


Room to grow

Brandon Castaneda | Age: 36 | Company: National Marker Co. | Job title: Production planning manager | Education: High school, some collegeBrandon Castaneda, production...
Lee Harrison
AGE: 26
COMPANY: VIBCO Vibrators
JOB TITLE: Lead assembler
EDUCATION: High school, some college / PBN PHOTO/BRIAN MCDONALD

Rejecting digital tools, he works with his hands and finds satisfaction

Lee Harrison | Age: 26 | Company: VIBCO Vibrators | Job title: Lead assembler | Education: High school, some collegeAt age 26, Lee Harrison thinks...
Roenik Vasquez
Age: 37
Company: igus Inc.
Job title: Receiving clerk
Education: High school, some college / PBN PHOTO/RUPERT WHITELEY

After stints as a concierge and a taxi driver, igus receiving...

Roenik Vasquez | Age: 37 | Company: igus Inc. | Job title: Receiving clerk | Education: High school, some collegeThe choice of a career...
KRISTYN M. GLENNON was hired last spring as vice president, Banking Secrecy Act/Anti-Money Laundering officer at BayCoast Bank in Swansea. / COURTESY BAYCOAST BANK

Five questions with: Kristyn M. Glennon

Kristyn M. Glennon is the vice president, Banking Secrecy Act/Anti-Money Laundering officer at BayCoast Bank, a community bank headquartered in Swansea and serving southeastern...

Ocean State Job Lot partners up to bring wellness to 131...

Healthiest Employees: 2,000-4,999 Employees | #5. Ocean State Job Lot CEO (or equivalent): Marc Perlman Number of employees: 2,305Ocean State Job Lot in North Kingstown, a...
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