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Can fishing, offshore wind coexist?

How much do offshore wind-energy operations disrupt commercial fishing and how much is that worth? That’s the central question in not only the current talks...
DECEMBER 2018's Current Conditions Index was measured at 50 - a 17-point decline from November and a 33-point decline year over year. The data was released Monday in the latest report from University of Rhode Island economist Leonard Lardaro. / COURTESY UNIVERSITY OF RHODE ISLAND

A drop from Nov., but CCI closes 2018 in neutral territory

SOUTH KINGSTOWN – After a double-digit climb in November, the December 2018 Current Conditions Index fell 17 points to a value of 50, according...
MIKE RAIA will build out a new public relations and strategic consulting firm, Nail[PR] at Nail Communications. / COURTESY NAIL[PR]

Raia named managing partner of new firm at Nail Communications

PROVIDENCE – Mike Raia, former communications director for Gov. Gina M. Raimondo, is starting a new public relations and strategic consulting firm Nail under...
READY FOR LED Nearly half of Rhode Island’s 39 cities and towns have completed a purchase program that allows them to own the streetlights lining their roads and switch them to LED fixtures. Another 15 communities have begun the process of purchasing streetlights from National Grid. / SOURCE: RHODE ISLAND LEAGUE OF CITIES AND TOWNS

Municipalities saving with LED streetlights

A mid-December status report from the Rhode Island League of Cities and Towns shows nearly half of the state’s communities have purchased their streetlights...
URGENT NEED: R.I. Department of Energy Resources Commissioner Carol Grant said the state is pursuing offshore wind and other clean- and renewable-energy sources with “a sense of urgency” in an effort to achieve a savings for the Rhode Island consumer, who is subject to the some of the nation’s highest electricity prices.
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‘Urgency’ grows for offshore wind projects

The stakes are rising fast in the fledgling offshore wind-energy industry, as companies jockey for position in the waters from Cape Cod to the...
Since establishing Case Snow Management in 2009, Jason Case has led the company through a decade of growth, earning recognitions on PBN’s 2015, 2016 and 2018 Fastest Growing Companies lists.  / PBN PHOTO/RUPERT WHITELEY

Growth requires a strong foundation, starting with people

Jason Case | Case Snow Management Inc. president and CEO As a snow-management company, there are countless critical elements to our operation – from an...
FILLING A NEED: Vennicia Kingston, owner of Eagle Eye Properties in Providence, said the goal of her business is to purchase abandoned buildings and complete needed construction to return them to code to house families in need. / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Eye on property clean up

It was an on-the-job injury that led Vennicia Kingston to entrepreneurship. “I lost the sight in my left eye,” she said of the injury that...
Nine companies will receive grants ranging in size from $10,000 to $20,000 in the latest iteration of DESIGNxRI’s Providence Design Catalyst program. Pictured are the recipients of 2019 grants. BACK ROW, L to R: Justin Kerr of Justin Kerr Design, Michael Savoia of Villa Savoia, Willa Van Nostrand of Bitte Artisanal Catering, Benjamin Laudicano of Chasing Brunch, Matthew Larkin of Nine and Two Thirds. FRONT ROW, L to R: Urvi Sharma and Manan Narang of INDO LLC, Erin Kayvedo of Chasing Brunch, Maria Prus of M Designs Studio, Phoebe Neel of Ephemera. Not pictured: Rebecca Atwood and Gabriel Long of Atomic Clock. / COURTESY DESIGNXRI

DESIGNxRI announces 2019 Providence Design Catalyst cohort

PROVIDENCE – Everything from furniture and glass design to photography, craft cocktails and branding were represented among the nine winners of the 2019 Providence...
THE PORT OF DAVISVILLE in 2018 imported 280,387 vehicles, including 241,851 by ship. /PBN FILE PHOTO MICHAEL SALERNO.

Port of Davisville imports record 280,387 vehicles

NORTH KINGSTOWN – The Port of Davisville had a record year last year for auto imports, according to the Quonset Development Corp., receiving 280,387...
INCREASED INTEREST: Carey, Richmond and Viking Insurance, a broker in Middletown, said inquiries and discussions from small to midsized businesses about cyber insurance coverage are up 10 to 20 percent since last year. From left, Jeff Boldt, director of commercial insurance; Irene Leary, marketing manager; and David Andrade, president.
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Read fine print on cyberthreat coverage

Owners of small to midsized businesses are increasingly worried about their exposure to cyber risks, including data breaches, and are turning to insurance protection...
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