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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.

Staples to serve as interim chief of HousingWorks RI

PROVIDENCE – Richard Staples Jr. will serve as interim director of HousingWorks RI at Roger Williams University. Staples, chairman of the policy group’s advisory board,...

High school designed by Northeast Collaborative Architects achieves LEED certification

MIDDLETOWN, Conn. – The J.M. Wright Technical High School in Stamford, Conn., is the first technical high school in the state to achieve LEED...

Five Questions With: Benjamin Scungio

Benjamin Scungio is the newly appointed manager of the Providence office for Mott & Chace Sotheby’s International Realty. The office is in a newly...
BETSY WALL, former head of the Massachusetts Office of Travel and Tourism, has been hired as chief marketing officer for the R.I. Commerce Corporation. / COURTESY LINKEDIN

R.I. Commerce Corp. hires chief marketing officer

PROVIDENCE – Betsy Wall, the former head of the Massachusetts Office of Travel and Tourism, has been hired as chief marketing officer for the...
BIG DIFFERENCE: Erin Donovan-Boyle, executive director of the Newport County Chamber of Commerce, says initiatives from Gov. Gina M. Raimondo and R.I. Commerce Corp. are offering more opportunities for small businesses. / PBN PHOTO/KATHRYN LUCEY

Chamber stepping up economic development

Erin Donovan-Boyle is executive director of the Newport County Chamber of Commerce, one of the state's largest business-advocacy organizations. She discusses some of the...
HOPEFUL OUTLOOK: House Speaker Nicholas A. Mattiello, D-Cranston, is seen in his office at the Statehouse. Mattiello says Rhode Island's economic health is improving. / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Improved business climate positions R.I. for growth

The past two state budget cycles focused on making Rhode Island more economically competitive among New England states, according to House Speaker Nicholas A....
GO LEAN: Karl Wadensten, president of VIBCO Vibrators, is a proponent of lean processing, which eliminates waste and unneeded steps. He said the principles of lean processing can be applied to Rhode Island's agencies. / PBN PHOTO/RUPERT WHITELEY

Business efficiencies can transform government

Karl Wadensten, president of Richmond-based VIBCO Vibrators, is a leader in lean processing. The concept isn't about reducing employees or jobs, but about eliminating...

Realtors: Sales, prices of homes continues upward move in Nov.

WARWICK — The sale of single-family homes in Rhode Island strengthened in November, climbing 12 percent over the same period in 2014. Median sale...
USING A PROGRAM that began when R.I. Commerce Secretary Stefan Pryor was education commissioner of Connecticut as a model, the R.I. Commerce Corp. has awarded a total of $600,000 to three school districts to offer community college classes and direct job training to students in Newport, Providence and Westerly. Here Pryor is seen with Gov. Gina M. Raimondo shortly after the 2014 election. / PBN FILE PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Commerce RI awards three school districts $200K each for advanced training...

PROVIDENCE — The Newport, Westerly and Providence school systems were named Monday as the initial districts in Rhode Island for the P-Tech initiative, designed...
PROVIDENCE CITY COUNCIL PRESIDENT Luis A. Aponte has been indicted for misuse of funds, according to WPRI-TV CBS 12. He is the second City Council member to be indicted within the last month.

5Q: Luis A. Aponte

1 The City Council recently received a report on economic-development clusters that look promising. What happens now?We'll work internally to develop working groups...
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