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Mary MacDonald
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.

Five Questions With: Tony Thomas

Foundry Associates is nearing completion on the expansion of the Promenade into an adjoining six-story building. The former mill building, which will feature 196...
THE 225,900-square-foot retail shopping center is anchored by a Stop & Shop supermarket. Other tenants include Marshalls, NAPA Auto Parts, Savers and Dollar Tree.

Fla. firm buys E.P. plaza

EAST PROVIDENCE – A real estate investment company based in Palm Beach, Fla., has purchased the Wampanoag Plaza in East Providence. The sale price...
PROVIDENCE CITY COUNCIL passed a tax stabilization ordinance that is designed to help development projects such as this one be completed in the former Interstate 195 land as well as the Capital Center district in the capital city. / COURTESY WEXFORD SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY

Providence council passes TSA plan for I-195 and Capital Center land

PROVIDENCE — The City Council has established a uniform tax incentive policy for the lands being marketed for development along the former Interstate 195...
SEEN BEFORE REHABILITATION work began, the Kinsley Building on Westminster Street in Providence is going to be the location of a new location for Westerly's The Malted Barley craft-beer pub. / PBN FILE PHOTO

Westerly craft-brew pub adding downtown Providence location

PROVIDENCE – A popular craft-beer pub in Westerly will expand into a location in the Kinsley Building in downtown Providence, the first commercial tenant...
STATE REP. John G. Edwards, D-Tiverton, sponsored a new state law designed to encourage housing construction that also creates tax incentives for builders who want to rehab blighted or vacant structures. / COURTESY R.I. GENERAL ASSEMBLY

Tax exemption created for builders restoring blighted, vacant structures

PROVIDENCE – A new state law designed to encourage housing construction also creates tax incentives for builders who want to restore blighted or vacant...
 / Source: U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis

New governor. New plan. Different result?

Something remarkable happened in the recently concluded legislative session. For the first time in a long time, the governor's budget initiatives weren't...
WISE  INVESTMENT: Dave  Tatelbaum, proprietor of the Dartmouth Big Value store, speaks with BayCoast Bank teller Stephanie Pires. The bank recently opened a new location featuring a pod design. / PBN PHOTO/ MICHAEL SALERNO

Pods emerge in open bank branch design

Bank branches are shedding the stodgy image. Structured spaces and teller lines are coming down and technology stations are entering, aimed at consumers who...

Island center for arts

On an island where many businesses are seasonal, the HeART Space Community Art Center on Block Island intends to provide a year-round outlet for...
CENTER OF ATTENTION: Donna Sams, left, and Tejal Tarro of Centered Change LLC focus on helping women elevate their careers, and helping companies identify institutional barriers that may keep women from advancing. / PBN PHOTO/JAIME LOWE

Helping women elevate

If a manager sits back and listens, and is deliberative in a meeting in which her colleagues are more forceful with their comments, is...

Lucy’s Hearth breaks ground

MIDDLETOWN – Lucy’s Hearth, a nonprofit organization that provides shelter and human services to homeless women and children, recently celebrated a groundbreaking of a...
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