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SPURRING REDEVELOPMENT: Pictured above is the former Apex department store in Pawtucket. The city could benefit from a new law that aligns tax-increment financing authority in the city to newly created federal opportunity zones, which would allow the city to finance public infrastructure improvements to facilitate ­redevelopment.
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TIF expanded to Pawtucket opportunity zones

A new law that aligns tax-increment financing authority in Pawtucket to newly created federal opportunity zones is seen by lawmakers as having the potential...
LEGISLATIVE RECEPTION: Lobbyist George Zainyeh, left, speaks with Northern Rhode Island Chamber of Commerce President and CEO John Gregory, center, and Robert Wheeler, owner of dog day care center Friends of Toto in Pawtucket, during the Rhode Island Chamber of Commerce Coalition’s annual legislative reception at the Statehouse on March 26.  
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Does Rhode Island have too many chambers of commerce?

Perhaps all you need to know to answer the question is that in a state of 1 million people and 39 municipalities, there are...
THERE WERE SIX responses to an RFP for the redevelopment of McCoy Stadium and development of downtown Pawtucket. / COURTESY R.I. COMMERCE CORP.

Commerce receives 6 proposals for McCoy redevelopment/downtown Pawtucket

PAWTUCKET – The R.I. Commerce Corp. received six proposals for the reuse of McCoy Stadium and the redevelopment of downtown Pawtucket, Commerce RI announced...

Commerce RI issues RFP for McCoy Stadium, Downtown Pawtucket Redevelopment Area...

PROVIDENCE – The R.I. Commerce Corp. issued a request for proposals April 2 on behalf of Pawtucket, seeking a new tenant for McCoy Stadium...
THE R.I. COMMERCE CORP. and Pawtucket have issued an RFP for the redevelopment of McCoy Stadium and other properties in the Pawtucket Downtown Redevelopment Area. The RFP expresses a strong interest for a professional sports team and/or concert entertainment operator for the project. / COURTESY R.I. COMMERCE CORP.

Commerce RI issues RFP for McCoy Stadium, Downtown Pawtucket Redevelopment Area...

PROVIDENCE – The R.I. Commerce Corp. issued a request for proposals Tuesday on behalf of Pawtucket, seeking a new tenant for McCoy Stadium as...
NEW FACE: Senate President Dominick J. Ruggerio, center, speaks with Sen. Dennis L. Algiere, R-Charlestown, and Sen.-elect Jessica de la Cruz, a Republican who will represent North Smithfield, Burrillville and Glocester, during an orientation for new members in the Senate chambers at the Statehouse.
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Lawmakers have returned to tackle a host of familiar issues

The General Assembly reopened Jan. 1 with a new configuration of legislators facing many of the same issues that have been circulating in the...
TIME TO TALK: Hasbro Inc. wants a more-modern headquarters than what it now has in Pawtucket but has not committed to staying in Rhode Island. State and city officials must present a united front in responding to the threat of a possible move.
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HASBRO INC.

Hasbro’s silence is not golden. State, local officials must unite to...

Could iconic toymaker Hasbro Inc. really move its headquarters out of Rhode Island? Sure it can, especially if the move wouldn’t cost it much...
AN OPPORTUNE TIME: Pawtucket Mayor Donald R. Grebien speaks at the Slater Mill about the need to develop a comprehensive plan for redevelopment after the Pawtucket Red Sox announced the team was leaving the city. Seated at left is Gov. Gina M. Raimondo, who said the state would work to build tools to help Pawtucket and Central Falls, which will have a new transit center built less than a mile from the historic site.  
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MICHAEL SALERNO

With bus/train station coming, redevelopment focus for Pawtucket, Central Falls must...

More than a decade after it was first discussed, ground was broken for a commuter train and bus station in Pawtucket earlier this month,...

PawSox seeking fan input for new name following move

PAWTUCKET – The Pawtucket Red Sox issued a call Monday for fans of the team to submit name and nickname recommendations for the team,...
SHATTERED DREAM: Pictured is the site of the former Apex department store in downtown Pawtucket, which had been the proposed location for a new ballpark for the Pawtucket Red Sox until the team announced it found a better deal with Worcester, Mass., where it will be moving in two years./ PBN FILE PHOTO/PAMELA BHATIA

Given the departure of the Pawtucket Red Sox to Worcester, Mass.,...

With the reality of the departure of the Pawtucket Red Sox setting in, political leaders and small business owners are cassting about for ways...
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