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OPENING THE GATE: Deepwater Wind LLC completed the Block Island Wind Farm, pictured, in 2016. In June, the first utility-scale wind farm, an 84-turbine project called Vineyard Wind proposed off Martha’s Vineyard, received a favorable preliminary analysis from the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, paving the way for future wind farms to begin ­spinning. / COURTESY DEEPWATER WIND LLC

State must keep investing to reap offshore wind benefits

For a dozen years the economic and environmental promise of wind energy has alternately tantalized and frustrated Rhode Island leaders. The state’s early bet on...

The bright side

Has your company found silver linings amid the pandemic? Yes: 85.7% No: 14.3% What silver linings has your company found? (Select any that apply) We have found new...
HIGH STAKES: The state could lose one of its two U.S. House seats if this year’s census doesn’t turn up enough residents to justify keeping both. / AP FILE PHOTO/

Census matters more than you may realize in R.I. this year

Even before the COVID-19 pandemic, the census news was not good for Rhode Island. Population shifts across the country pointed to the likelihood of...

Brown sets example for PPSD support

Brown University on July 29 strongly answered the call for support of Providence’s underperforming public schools, with a $10 million endowment. Who’s next? Brown’s initiative...

Reparations a community decision

Depending on your politics and sense of American history, Providence Mayor Jorge O. Elorza may have taken either the proverbial first step in the...
HOME FOCUS: Ella Gonzalez, Newport Harbor Hotel and Marina director of sales and marketing, stands on a pier where the hotel is hosting a fitness studio’s cycling classes. / PBN FILE PHOTO/TRACY JENKINS

R.I. attractions, residents relying on each other this summer

“It’s not about making money this year, it’s about surviving,” said Atlantic Inn owner Brad Marthens. He was talking about his delayed reopening this...
LEMONADE FROM LEMONS: COVID-19 has curbed traffic and customers on Providence’s Federal Hill but restaurants there such as Ristor­ante II Massimo have fought back with Al Fresco On The Hill. / COURTESY FEDERAL HILL COMMERCE ASSOCIATION

Federal Hill restaurants offer a lesson in perseverance

While the immediate future for Providence’s normally thriving restaurant scene is decidedly uncertain, an experiment underway on Federal Hill offers hope – and perhaps...

Homebuyers need more than money

Unlike during the Great Recession, home prices have been rising in the Ocean State during a pandemic that has led 292,000 people to file...
HELP WANTED: Andrew and Anna Mangeni, co-owners of Nissi Naturals LLC, say they’ve had nothing but bad experiences trying to get bank loans. Anna, who is Black, believes her race played a role. / PBN FILE PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

State, private sector can do more for minority entrepreneurs

The July 2 headline on PBN.com was disturbingly familiar: “R.I. Black Business Association: R.I. failing to comply with minority-contracting policy.” The state has a long...

Indoor crowds put us all at risk

Gov. Gina M. Raimondo’s July 8 announcement of stepped up transparency and enforcement of state-mandated health guidelines for businesses comes at a critical time...

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