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Be realistic on renewable energy

Gov. Gina M. Raimondo in her State of the State speech said she wants to make Rhode Island the first state in the country...
BIG VISION: Developer Brett Johnson has proposed a $400 million development in Pawtucket that includes a 7,500-seat soccer stadium, 200-room hotel and a mixed-use development with housing units, retail and commercial space. / COURTESY NEW HARBOR GROUP

Hard work of wooing investors is just beginning for Tidewater Landing

It takes vision and a whole lot of money to bring a development project as grand and promising as Pawtucket’s Tidewater Landing to fruition....

Housing crisis needs champions

Buyers with incomes under $50,000 can no longer afford a home anywhere in the state, according to the 2019 Housing Fact Book issued by...
SPREAD THE WORD: Avi Nevel, CEO and president of the Rhode Island-Israel Collaborative, thinks many Rhode Island businesses are unaware of the opportunities presented by foreign trade zones. / PBN FILE PHOTO/MIKE SKORSKI

Trade zone designation an untapped opportunity for R.I. companies

Fifteen months after Rhode Island became a statewide foreign trade zone, only one company has taken advantage. While the benefits, which include reduced tariffs...
Suzanne Fogarty

Making the case for STEAM, not STEM

If you looked up at the sky on Oct. 19, 2019, you might have caught sight of history being made somewhere among the stars....

Cities will be the beneficiaries of census power shakeup

New state population estimates for 2019, released recently by the U.S. Census Bureau, have given political scientists the data they need to project changes...
COLLISION COURSE: Gov. Gina M. Raimondo plans to again introduce a recreational marijuana proposal, in her fiscal 2021 budget plan, despite warnings from House and Senate leaders that they won’t consider it. / PBN FILE PHOTO/DAVE HANSEN

Marijuana debate will signal health of Rhode Island’s legislative process

The General Assembly reconvenes on Jan. 7 with a host of potentially contentious issues to address, including a budget deficit, the state lottery contract...

Get ready for next recession

While fears of an imminent recession appear to be fading, it is not a question of if but when the next one is felt...
SHIFTING FOCUS: Providence Place, pictured above, and other local malls are increasingly focusing on unique retailers, events and entertainment to lure customers. / PBN FILE PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Malls are not dead but retailers bracing for survival of fittest

The good news for local malls is their long-predicted demise, like Mark Twain’s prematurely reported death, has been exaggerated. The bad news is the...

R.I. can profit from marijuana debate

Short of an economic downturn, Gov. Gina M. Raimondo’s plan to again propose legalizing recreational marijuana use for adults appears dead on arrival in...
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