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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.

R.I. Convention Center Authority sees attendance growth despite severe winter weather

PROVIDENCE – The R.I. Convention Center Authority had increased traffic to its three facilities in the first three months of the year, despite several...
SINGLE-FAMILY HOME SALES in Rhode Island rose 14 percent in February compared with the previous year, the Rhode Island Association of Realtors said.

Single-family home sales rise 14% in February

PROVIDENCE – Sales of single-family homes in Rhode Island rose 14 percent in February, compared with the previous year, with particularly strong increases coming...
WORK HAS begun on a $6.9 million upgrade to the entrance plaza and traffic pattern for Providence Station, where several thousand commuters each day access Amtrak or Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority trains. / COURTESY R.I. DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION

Work begins on $6.9M Providence Station upgrade

PROVIDENCE – Work has begun on a $6.9 million upgrade to the entrance plaza and traffic pattern for Providence Station, where several thousand commuters...
DEVELOPING SKILLS: Nelson Garcia, fourth grader at the Carl G. Lauro School in Providence, works with Lynn McMahan, a Gilbane Development Co. employee. / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

This relationship was built to last

More than 30 years ago, Gilbane Building Co. started sending volunteer mentors to Carl G. Lauro Elementary School in Providence.Long after the original "adopt...

Getting bang for tourism buck

The realignment of tourism spending proposed by Gov. Gina M. Raimondo is intended to create a coordinated, statewide focus on attracting visitors to Rhode...

Infrastructure Bank would allow businesses, municipalities to help finance energy savings

PROVIDENCE – A proposed state “Infrastructure Bank” could allow businesses and municipalities to tap into programs to help finance energy savings. Gov. Gina M....
PROVIDENCE CITY COUNCIL PRESIDENT Luis A. Aponte, center, wants to continue discussions with the state before council signs off on proposed legislation to create a standardized tax stabilization regime for land in the former Interstate 195 corridor downtown. / PBN FILE PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Providence council to review proposal for I-195 land tax deals

(Updated, 8:30 p.m., March 18) PROVIDENCE – An ordinance that proposes a uniform approach to tax stabilization agreements for projects in the former Interstate 195...
ELECTRIC AVENUE: Founded in 2003, Providence-based hotelAVE manages more than $4 billion in hotel real estate assets. Above, Michelle Russo, CEO of hotelAVE, speaks with company Senior Vice President Joel Wineman. / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Finding value in numbers

Michelle Russo started her hotel real estate asset-management company with two employees, three client hotels and discussions over her grandmother's kitchen table in Tiverton.Twelve...

Time for performance-based aid?

If some of the state money colleges and universities in Rhode Island receive were tied to student graduation goals, would the schools become more...
Under review: A rendering of a $50 million student-housing development on Richmond Street proposed by Dallas-based ?Phoenix Property Co. The project would occupy a full block in walking distance to a proposed ballpark. / COURTESY PHOENIX PROPERTY CO.

Why is it so hard to build in Providence?

The small brick building on Richmond Street in Providence doesn't look like it has the power to delay a $50 million development. But it...
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