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AIMING HIGH: Iftikhar Ahmad, CEO and president of R.I. Airport Corp., which oversees T.F. Green Airport, says the goal is to reach 6 million passengers annually to have Green be “a strong ‘medium’ hub” and to “connect Rhode Island to the rest of the world in a meaningful way.” / PBN PHOTO/MIKE SKORSKI

T.F. Green Airport’s growth plans thrown off course

In early October 2017, a crowd of state and federal officials descended on T.F. Green Airport in Warwick, celebrating the completion of a runway...
MIXED-USE: Pictured in the rendering are an indoor sports center, a 200-room hotel and a conference center at the site of the former Apex building in Pawtucket as part of a $400 million mixed-use development by Fortuitous Partners. The project includes a 7,500-seat soccer stadium, which can be seen at the top right. / COURTESY NEW HARBOR GROUP

Developer behind $400M project in Pawtucket recruiting private investors

Brett Johnson is quickly becoming a household name in Pawtucket, thanks to his development company’s plans for a $400 million mixed-use project anchored by...

Big question in Pawtucket: What to do with McCoy Stadium?

Pawtucket and R.I. Commerce Corp. initially sought proposals for “McCoy Stadium and Pawtucket Downtown Development.” But the winning selection, Fortuitous Partners’ $400 million soccer...
FOREIGN FOCUS: Richard W. Pinto Jr., CEO of the Rhode Island International Trade Center in Providence, says the center focuses on bringing foreign companies into the United States via Rhode Island and is working with about a dozen foreign companies in Ireland, Italy, Canada, Spain, Lithuania and the United Kingdom. / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Many R.I. businesses partner overseas, but state’s trade-zone designation has yet...

Cargo ships carrying components for Block Island Wind Farm’s enormous wind turbines arrived regularly at Providence’s port in 2015 and 2016, when the wind...
DOWN TO BUSINESS: The House Committee on Finance’s Subcommittee on Human Services holds a meeting at the Statehouse in December to get an update on overspending at the R.I. Department of Children, Youth and Families, and the R.I. Office of Veterans Services. / PBN PHOTO/RUPERT WHITELEY

Budget deficit, lottery contract, minimum wage among controversial issues facing General...

As Rhode Island lawmakers return for the 2020 legislative session on Jan. 7, some of the most pressing questions they’re expected to face this...
Gov. Gina M. Raimondo

Strained relations among R.I. leaders ‘not personal’

In 2015, the state budget introduced by Gov. Gina M. Raimondo sailed through the Rhode Island legislative chambers in what many described as record...
PRICES FOR ALL: Boscov’s, a family-owned department store, opened just a few months ago in Providence Place mall. Denise and Walter Budz, of Providence, check out with Islene DeOleo, sales associate. “There are prices for everyone here,” said Walter Budz, who spent 46 years in retail at Ann & Hope, Ames and Walmart. / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

R.I. malls finding new ways to get people in the door

In one area of Providence Place mall, a couple of small children are working intently in a toddler-size veterinary clinic, treating a gray stuffed...
NEEDED TREATMENT: Susan Benzuly, owner of Evolve Apothecary and Spa in Providence, says selling spa time to customers who are giving the treatments as gifts has become a key part of her business during the holidays. “Self-care is not a luxury; it is a necessity,” she said. / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

‘Intangible’ holiday gifts are big business for spas, hotels

“Give the gift of time.” It’s a sales pitch for a watch, right? Not always. Sometimes the gift of time is actual time – quiet time,...
APPEALING SPOT: Plant City in Providence has been hailed as the world’s first plant-based food hall. It features two sit-down restaurants, a market, coffee bar and a build-your-own-bowl station. Owner Kimberley Anderson said the food hall served 200,000 people in its first five months of operation. / PBN PHOTO/MIKE SKORSKI

R.I. restaurant industry experiencing a plant-based boom

On a busy Saturday morning inside Plant City food hall in Providence, owner Kimberley Anderson found time to strike up conversations with customers who...
CARETAKER: Jo Ellen Mistarz is the executive director of The Village Common of Rhode Island, which has its office at Hamilton House in Providence and connects seniors with volunteer services. Despite the thousands of elderly people in Rhode Island, Mistarz says only about 200 are members of organizations such as the Providence Village, which is part of the Village Common. / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Movement to help elders ‘age in place’ expanding in R.I.

For Anne Connor, a volunteer with the nonprofit Providence Village of Rhode Island since its inception in 2015, giving rides to elderly members isn’t...
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