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GOV. GINA M. RAIMONDO RECEIVED a 41 percent approval rating in Morning Consult's third quarter governor approval rankings. / PBN FILE PHOTO/ MICHAEL SALERNO

Should layoffs and furloughs of state workers be part of the...

Gov. Gina M. Raimondo has so far resisted calls for layoffs of state employees amid the pandemic-induced economic crisis and has sought only limited...
NEW TASKS: Alexandria Kitsilis Cardoso, left, and Christine Kitsilis, co-owners of Angelo’s Palace Pizza in Cumberland, prepare food in the kitchen. Restaurant employees were cross-trained to become delivery drivers or cooks to keep them working when dining room sales dropped due to the COVID-19 pandemic. / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

R.I. job market could take years to recover

Economists foresee a long, slow rebuilding period following the devastation of the COVID-19 pandemic, with the replacement of lost jobs in Rhode Island taking...
Scott Pray / PBN PHOTO/RUPERTY WHITELEY

5Q: Scott Pray

Scott Pray | President, D.F. Pray Inc. 1. What are some of the notable projects that D.F. Pray is involved in in Rhode Island...

Changing places

Did your company relocate or downsize amid the pandemic? Yes: 56% No: 44% What caused your business to relocate or downsize? (Select any that apply.) We did not...
Rep. James R. Langevin | D-R.I.
Rep. Jim Langevin has been in the U.S. House since 2001, after serving as Rhode Island secretary of state. He’s recognized as a leader on national security, workforce training and development, and cybersecurity. He serves on the House Armed Services and Homeland Security committees and co-chairs the Congressional Career and Technical Education Caucus and the Congressional Cybersecurity Caucus, which he co-founded. / COURTESY U.S. REP. JAMES R. LANGEVIN

Empower each other

Rep. James R. Langevin | D-R.I. During turbulent times, it’s easy to lose focus on the path forward and instead concentrate on the obstacles before...
R.I. EXPANSION: Rohan Persaud, plant manager and executive director at Amgen Rhode Island, stands outside the company’s new next-generation biomanufacturing plant in West Greenwich. He is overseeing the startup and licensing of the facility.  / PBN PHOTO/ELIZABETH GRAHAM

Amgen’s new $200M next-gen biologic plant a first in U.S.

The cargo that arrived in 2019 at the Port of Davisville in North Kingstown from overseas was something that had never been shipped to...
PIECING IT TOGETHER: Aetna Bridge Co. ironworker Lisa Silvio helps install bolts on a bridge under construction above the Route 6-10 connector in Providence.  / COURTESY LISA SILVIO

R.I. tradeswomen look to build their numbers

Darche Hood went to college to earn a degree in finance. But now the numbers she’s calculating are from a measuring tape stretched between wall...

Time to get a plan, any plan

Over eight months ago, with haste and necessity, workers and organizations across the globe were thrown into “the great remote work experiment.” What was arguably...
AN INCLUSIVE GROUP: Panelists take part in the virtual Diversity & Inclusion Summit on Dec. 10. Clockwise from top left are Kevin Matta, director of client engagement and inclusion for Advancing Workplace Excellence; Kevin Nerney, executive director of the Rhode Island Developmental Disabilities Council; Lisa Ranglin, founder, CEO and president of the Rhode Island Black Business Association; Neil D. Steinberg, CEO and president of the Rhode Island Foundation; and Steve Sublett, senior vice president of CBIZ Benefits & Insurance Services Inc.

Summit panel: Diversity, inclusion efforts have been lacking

Progress toward more diversity and inclusion in the workplace has been slow in Rhode Island, with more of it confined to plans on paper...

Holiday profits

Does your company see increased profits during the Christmas and Hanukkah season (November to January)? No: 87% Yes: 13% What is the reason for the spike in...

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