Business leaders express guarded optimism at economic outlook breakfast

EVA-MARIE Mancuso, director of the John Chafee Center for International Business at Bryant University,Karl Wadensten, CEO and president of VIBCO Inc., Laurie White Greater, president of the Providence Chamber of Commerce and Stephen Stanley, chief U.S. economist with Santander U.S. Capital Markets were panelists during the annual Santander Economic Outlook Breakfast Tuesday at the Crowne Plaza Providence-Warwick. PROVIDENCE BUSINESS NEWS PHOTO / CHRIS ALLEN

WARWICK – Rhode Island business leaders and financial experts remain guarded on the region’s short-term economic prospects, agreeing Tuesday during the annual Economic Outlook Breakfast that the state must adapt to unfavorable market conditions while diversifying the economy through prudent investments in education and workforce development. Panelist Stephen Stanley, chief U.S. economist with Santander U.S.

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