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Mary MacDonald joined the Providence Business News as a staff writer covering Government, Development, Real Estate and Manufacturing in December 2014. She previously was a correspondent for The Boston Globe and Telegram & Gazette, an editor at Patch/AOL, and a staff writer for the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. She has a bachelor’s degree in journalism from Michigan State University, and a master’s degree in secondary English from the University of Massachusetts Amherst.
GOV. GINA M. RAIMONDO has proposed an incentive program for communities to reduce the tangible property tax./ PBN FILE PHOTO DAVE HANSEN.

Raimondo eyes state incentives for tangible tax reduction

PROVIDENCE – The tangible tax paid by Rhode Island businesses on furniture, equipment and machinery is among the many levies extracted by local governments. The...

Redevelopment project for former Citizens Bank property criticized

PROVIDENCE – A proposal to build new apartments and convert a former bank building into a mixed-use property is getting criticism from its host...

Bristol has first 2020 sale over $1M

BRISTOL – The city has posted its first million-dollar sale of the new year. The property, at 11 Shore Road, is located in the Bristol...
AIMING HIGH: Iftikhar Ahmad, CEO and president of R.I. Airport Corp., which oversees T.F. Green Airport, says the goal is to reach 6 million passengers annually to have Green be “a strong ‘medium’ hub” and to “connect Rhode Island to the rest of the world in a meaningful way.” / PBN PHOTO/MIKE SKORSKI

T.F. Green Airport’s growth plans thrown off course

In early October 2017, a crowd of state and federal officials descended on T.F. Green Airport in Warwick, celebrating the completion of a runway...

Will this tax solve R.I.’s affordable-housing problem?

Rhode Island needs more affordable apartments and houses. Most housing experts agree on this. But should state funds for home creation come from luxury...
CAREFUL CONSIDERATION: ­Michelle Kissinger, owner of Personalized Care Coordination LLC, offers advocacy services and medication management for elderly folks living on their own, away from other family members. / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Registered nurse in business of coordinating care for elderly at home

An extra set of eyes and ears, with the training of a registered nurse. That’s the idea behind Personalized Care Coordination LLC, a new...
ELDERLY ELM: Matt Largess, owner of Largess Forestry, stands in front of the giant American elm tree at 100 Garfield St. in Central Falls. With a trunk measuring 16 feet, 6 inches in circumference, 90 feet high and a 120-foot crown spread, it is among the oldest and largest in the state. Largess estimates the tree sprouted prior to the Civil War. / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Largess Forestry Inc. stands up for trees

When you have a tree that needs to come down, you call a tree removal service. An arborist may try to persuade you to...
PEDESTRIAN-FRIENDLY: Pictured is the Urban Fellow Barber Shop, which moved from its location in Warwick to the Biltmore Garage building at 51 Washington St. in Providence. The move is representative of an influx of retail and service-oriented businesses occupying commercial property ground-floor spaces along major streets throughout the city following a change in zoning in 2014 to make streets more pedestrian-friendly. / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Zoning change brings surge of building activity to major streets in...

Three years into a building boom, downtown Providence has expanded its active commercial spaces along major streets, attracting dozens of new and expanded businesses. The...
HOUSE MINORITY LEADER Blake A. Filippi, left, filed a lawsuit Thursday against House Speaker Nicolas Mattiello, accusing him of breaking state law by ordering an audit of the Rhode Island Convention Center. / PBN FILE PHOTOS/MICHAEL SALERNO/TRACY JENKINS

House minority leader files lawsuit against House speaker over audit

PROVIDENCE – State Rep. Blake A. Filippi, the House minority leader, filed a lawsuit Thursday against House Speaker Nicolas Mattiello, accusing him of breaking...

New 23-unit apartment building in South Elmwood moves toward approval

PROVIDENCE – The City Plan Commission this week agreed to rezone a site on Stamford Avenue in the South Elmwood neighborhood of the city...
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