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Quonset port poised for more growth in 2019

Quonset is the leading engine of economic development in Rhode Island and home to more than 200 companies and nearly 12,000 full- and part-time...
The proposed sales tax expansion, as shown in this slide, would add $14.4 million to the state general fund./COURTESY STATE OF RHODE ISLAND

Proposal to expand R.I. sales tax to professional services gets critical...

PROVIDENCE – The expansion of the state’s 7 percent sales tax to a host of professional services used in commercial buildings, including landscaping, design...
Kathleen A. Bartels is a Rhode Island native and co-owner of LLB Architects. The firm’s headquarters is in the Design Exchange, a historic Pawtucket mill complex that LLB transformed into a creative business hub.  / PBN PHOTO/RUPERT WHITELEY

In design as in all business today, collaboration is both means...

Kathleen A. Bartels | LLB Architects president and partnerOver the course of my two-decade-plus career, I have witnessed firsthand the shift from hierarchical, top-down...

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 CEOAs 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...
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