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UNIQUE PARTNERSHIP: Agawam Hunt country club in East Providence, pictured, was able to exit Chapter 11 bankruptcy in large measure thanks to a conservation easement purchased by The Nature Conservancy, with the funding provided by $2 million in donations.
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Is Agawam Hunt’s innovative partnership with The Nature Conservancy to conserve...

Celebrating birdies took on a more expansive meaning this past spring at Agawam Hunt, thanks to an unusual partnership with The Nature ­Conservancy.After emerging...
ON THE RADAR: From left, Ronald Olf, quality manager; Chris Burch, vice president; and Donald J. Boyle, owner, look at some grounding posts at Jade Manufacturing in Warwick.
 / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Jade’s military parts can’t fail

Founded by Donald J. Boyle’s father after years in the textile and military-manufacturing industries, Jade Manufacturing has survived ups and downs in the state’s...
PROTECTIVE GEAR: John Caito III, Desmark Industries CEO, and Layne Mayer, Desmark consultant, on the production floor with the company’s first-generation riot suit.
 / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Desmark looks to lead in protective-textiles market with new riot suit

All forms of activism – from riots to demonstrations, rallies and protests – have colored the 18-plus months since President Donald Trump’s administration took...
Using big-data analysis, for more than two decades XBInsight Inc. has helped many Fortune 1000 companies in 41 industries around the world develop employees, create high-performing teams, hire the best talent, integrate workforces, plan for succession and more. / PBN PHOTO/KATE WHITNEY LUCEY

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Kathi Graham-Leviss | XBInsight Inc. founder and presidentI don’t think that there was ever a time in my life where I wasn’t described as...

R.I. tops in small-biz survival

The climate in Rhode Island for small businesses has generally been on the upswing – by one recent study it’s the second-best in the...

Pranzi tent grows with new venture

After 21 years in the local catering industry, Lisa Mattiello, owner of Pranzi Inc., launched a new business – Pranzi Tents and Events in...

Healthiest Employers see rewards in many ways

Companies interested in effectively helping employees lead healthier lives are taking a more active role, oftentimes by making wellness programs more convenient. That is...
OF DEBT AND ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT: Rhode Island ranked next to the bottom of a list of the states with the highest average student-loan debt for Class of 2017 graduates, presenting a significant impediment to the state’s economic future. 
 / COURTESY LENDEDU

High student debt is impediment to R.I.’s future economic health

The latest student-debt rankings put Rhode Island near the top – and not in a good way.According to LendEDU, an online student lending tool,...
PROBLEM-SOLVERS: University of Rhode Island assistant professor of mechanical engineering Gretchen Macht and a team of student researchers are using a state grant this summer to design something that would improve voter wait times, using queuing theory and facilities layout. From left, URI graduate students in system engineering Nicholas Bernardo, of North Haven, Conn., and James Houghton, of Holtsville, N.Y.; Macht; and URI mechanical engineering junior Ahmad Siddiqi, of Lincoln.
 / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

When opinions won’t solve the problem

Engineers are problem-solvers. But is there an engineering solution to long lines at the voting precincts? A professor of industrial and systems engineering at...
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Five Questions With Robert E. Johnson

Robert E. Johnson | Chancellor, University of Massachusetts Dartmouth1. In your April inaugural address, you spoke about creating a workforce that is ready...
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