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SKILLS BUILDER: Suzannah MacDonald, left, a fine gardener at Wild & Scenic in South Kingstown, jumped at the chance to participate in the Rhode Island Nursery and Landscape Association’s apprenticeship program to hone her skills. MacDonald is working with Wild & Scenic owner Meg Gallagher. / PBN PHOTO/KATE WHITNEY LUCEY

Still recovering from recession, R.I.’s ‘green-collar’ sector sees hope in an...

When offered a spot in the Rhode Island Nursery and Landscape Association’s apprenticeship program, Suzannah MacDonald was so excited she blurted out “yes, done”...
REGULATED DISPENSARY: Seth Bock, CEO of Greenleaf Compassionate Care Center in Portsmouth, one of three regulated marijuana dispensaries in the state, walks among marijuana plants at his Newport facility. / PBN FILE PHOTO/
KATE WHITNEY LUCEY

The state is only the latest to eye profits from Rhode...

Elaine Keevin took morphine for eight years to battle what was later diagnosed as complex regional pain syndrome, a chronic condition the McGill Pain...
EXPERIENCED LEADER: Barbara Fields has served as the executive director of the R.I. Housing and Mortgage Finance Corp. since January 2015. She previously was the New England regional administrator for the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and the director of the Local Initiatives Support Corp. in Providence. / PBN PHOTO/RUPERT WHITELEY

The state needs a stronger affordable-housing law, says R.I. Housing. Executive...

R.I. Housing and Mortgage Finance Corp. is celebrating its 45th anniversary this year in a position of financial strength, says Executive Director Barbara Fields. It...
BANNER EVENT: Sail Newport Executive Director Brad Read, this year’s Volvo Ocean Race stopover executive director, and Sue Maffei Plowden, race event director, stand on the porch of the Sail Newport Sailing Center with the banner for Volvo Ocean Race Newport. The city is the lone North American stopover for the 2017-18 international race.
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KATE WHITNEY LUCEY

Will experience pay off as Newport prepares to once again host...

Martha Parker looks back fondly on the 2015 Volvo Ocean Race Newport stopover and the favorable impact it had on her foul-weather sailing gear...
ADAPTING INDUSTRY: As consumer expectations for online banking grow with advancing technology, banks and credit unions must find ways to adapt to those expectations while keeping costs down.

As technology becomes increasingly intertwined with banking, it presents opportunity and...

When Lisa G. Dandeneau first joined Navigant Credit Union more than 22 years ago, one of her first tasks was to help launch online...
MICRO-LOFTS: Joseph R. Paolino Jr., managing partner of Paolino Properties, stands in front of the new Case-Mead Lofts building at 76 Dorrance St. The Case-Mead Lofts are a renovation of a former office building into 44 micro-loft apartments. / PBN PHOTO/
MICHAEL SALERNO

Providence has several tax-stabilization policies to woo developers. Plans to have...

New residents already have started moving into one of downtown Providence’s oldest commercial buildings, occupying efficient, modern apartments that have taken spaces once afforded...
DRAMATIC CHANGE: Johnson & Wales CEO John J. Bowen says the most dramatic change in his 44 years at JWU is its ability to graduate students with a manageable debt, growing its discount rate for first-time, full-time students from 20.7 percent in 2003-2004 to 54 percent today. / PBN PHOTO/RUPERT WHITELEY

Retiring CEO John Bowen has helped JWU expand and prosper. What...

For 44 years, John J. Bowen has been a fixture in the Johnson & Wales University community. In January, the chancellor, president and CEO...
TOP VIEW: John Ballone, owner of The Hotel Maria, on the highest level of the structure under construction alongside Misquamicut Beach in Westerly designed to avoid the effects of ocean flooding by being elevated well above sea level. The Atlantic Ocean can be seen in the background. / PBN PHOTO/
BRIAN MCDONALD

Some Rhode Islanders have learned from past storms, but most simply...

(Editor’s note: This is the final installment in a three-part series exploring Rhode Island’s vulnerability to coastal flooding and what businesses, property owners and...
TAKING A GAMBLE: A customer reads information inside a betting shop operated by Ladbrokes Coral Group Plc., in London, in July 2015. Gov. Gina M. Raimondo is among the state leaders who would like to see Rhode Island legalize sports betting. The U.S. Supreme Court is expected to rule on a case this summer that could pave the way for that. / BLOOMBERG NEWS PHOTO/Chris Ratcliffe

Is sports betting a budget fix?

John Taylor recently led a tour of the new $30 million hotel under construction at Twin River Casino in Lincoln, a project he said...
LOOKING AHEAD: David L. DeQuattro, right, managing principal of Providence-based RGB Architects, looks at building plans with Martin Holland, job captain. DeQuattro anticipates an increase in construction business in the Ocean State in 2018. / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Business owners see reasons for optimism, despite high health care costs...

Despite signs business growth could be slowing in the Ocean State, the private sector is bullish about 2018 and is looking to hire at...
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