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BOOKS TO GO: Jennifer Kandarian, manager of Books on the Square in Providence, has opened a drive-up book drop at the back door for elderly patrons and others too nervous to walk inside the store during the COVID-19 pandemic. / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Coronavirus pandemic deals sudden, crushing blow to R.I. businesses

Like many small businesses, Books on the Square has a manager who keeps a close eye on numbers and trends. More than three weeks...
STRONG CONNECTIONS: Jennifer McCann, director of the U.S. Coastal Program at the University of Rhode Island’s Coastal Resources Center, shown here at the URI Bay Campus in Narragansett, says Rhode Island can build a sustainable future by connecting its related industries in the blue economy. / PBN PHOTO/MIKE SKORSKI

Super sector: Experts say R.I.’s $5B blue economy has oceans of...

Intertwined with Rhode Island’s economy as a source of food, recreation and power, and as a medium for transportation and defense, the ocean has...
POWER PLAYER: Matthew Morrissey, head of Northeast markets for Orsted U.S. Offshore Wind Power, says Rhode Island businesses could play a big part in offshore wind power in the coming years. / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Orsted capitalizing on R.I.’s wind-farm experience

The large Danish renewable energy company Orsted swept into Rhode Island less than two years ago, acquiring Deepwater Wind LLC and its Block Island...
THE HELMSMAN: Brad Read, executive director of Sail Newport Inc., says the nonprofit offers sailing lessons and hosts regattas from Newport Harbor. / PBN FILE PHOTO/KATE WHITNEY LUCEY

Sail Newport a crucial link to the bay and beyond

From children boarding their first boat to experienced sailors who compete in regattas, Sail Newport Inc. offers a connection to the water for more...
ENGINEERED YARNS: Jim Owens is a principal at Nautilus Defense LLC, a Pawtucket-based company that uses functional braided composite yarns and threads in defense-related products. / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

For Nautilus, naval tech can serve other purposes

Nautilus Defense LLC’s first connection with the U.S. Navy took place before the company was founded, when Jim Owens had an opportunity to work...
SHIPSHAPE: Jason Kelly is executive vice president of Moran Shipping Agencies Inc., based in Providence. / PBN PHOTO/RUPERT WHITELEY

When foreign vessels, crews come calling, Moran Shipping responds

For more than 80 years, agents at Moran Shipping Agencies Inc. have been assisting foreign-flagged vessels as they sail through U.S. waters and dock...
FRESH HARVEST: Perry Raso, owner of Matunuck Oyster Bar in South Kingstown, pulls up oysters from his oyster farm located near the restaurant. / PBN PHOTO/MIKE SKORSKI

Thriving Matunuck Oyster Farm has fed offshoot businesses

Matunuck Oyster Farm LLC, a 7-acre plot in South Kingstown’s Potter Pond, is home to countless oysters that will eventually end up on a...
REBUILD READY: From left, Mark Van Noppen, CEO of RCG Armory LLC, architect Jack Ryan and Seth Zeren, principal of RCG Armory, stand in the room of a former nursing home at 31 Parade St. in Providence. Armory purchased the building a few years ago and will use Rebuild Rhode Island tax credits to turn it into 12 apartments. / PBN PHOTO/RUPERT WHITELEY

Raimondo reengineered Commerce RI, but its true test may be yet...

Few would dispute that Rhode Island is in better shape economically than it was five years ago when Gov. Gina M. Raimondo began her...
LARGEST WIND FARM: Green Development owns the turbines that make up Rhode Island’s largest wind farm, the $100 million, seven-turbine project in Johnston, which generates 21 megawatts. / PBN PHOTO/PAMELA BHATIA

While delays have hampered offshore wind, land-based turbines loom large in...

(Editor’s note: This is the second in a two-part series on the challenges and opportunities of solar- and wind-farm development in Rhode Island and...
PERMITTING DELAYS: The Revolution Wind, South Fork Wind Farm and Vineyard Wind offshore wind projects in waters off the coast of southern New England are all currently in various stages of the permitting process. / SOURCE: R.I. DEPARTMENT OF ENVIRONMENTAL MANAGEMENT / PBN GRAPHIC/ANNE EWING

Waiting on more offshore wind

Three major offshore wind projects are in various stages of complicated permitting processes in southern New England waters. Revolution Wind is a joint effort between...

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