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FOR GOOD MEASURE: Machinist Dennis Sullivan checks his calculation on an order of spur gears Tracey Gear has just made for a food processing company. 
PBN PHOTO/TRACY JENKINS

THE DAILY GRIND: Family-owned Tracey Gear machines parts for clients ranging...

(Editor’s note: This is the 11th installment in a monthly series highlighting some of the region’s ­unsung manufacturers that make products essential to the...
STILL STANDING: 
There is vacant office space in downtown Providence, but people in the local commercial real estate sector say landlords and banks haven’t reached a crisis level as others have nationwide. 
PBN PHOTO/­MICHAEL SALERNO

SHAKY GROUND: Distressed office real estate could undermine banks, wider economy

The former mayor of Providence is distressed. When Joseph R. Paolino Jr. walks through the city’s financial district, he’s anxious about what he sees. He...
STEADY PACE: Toye Onikoyi has founded two tech-related businesses in Rhode Island, including a virtual reality arcade called Bubbler VR. Unlike in bigger hubs, Onikoyi says, Rhode Island’s tech sector seems to move at a more deliberate speed, which sometimes can be an advantage. 
PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

TOO SMALL TO FAIL? R.I.’s low-profile tech sector avoiding carnage felt...

After John MacKrell launched an app-based laundry pickup and delivery service more than three years ago, a question sometimes came up during his search...
JUMPED THE BORDER: ­Edward Dow, CEO of Massachusetts-based Solar Cannabis Co., has opened a dispensary in Warwick. He’s seen sales in Rhode Island growing steadily while business in Massachusetts has declined. 
PBN PHOTO/RUPERT WHITELEY

Cannabis complications: Promising marijuana industry falling short of expectations

Dr. Jason Iannuccilli has invested a lot in his lab in the past year. Like many entrepreneurs in the cannabis industry, the co-founder of Pure­Vita...
NAVIGATING SHORTAGES: 
R.I. environmental police officer Jacob Malone, left, checks the size of striped bass caught by two unidentified fishermen in Narragansett Bay. The R.I. Department of Environmental Management says staff shortages have made it difficult to schedule such law enforcement ­operations. 
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DAVID HANSEN

HELP WANTED: There are 1,700 unfilled state jobs, but has anyone...

Stacy Smith says the job for “front-line” workers at the R.I. Department of Human Services isn’t easy in normal times, but the labor market...
Neil D. ­Steinberg 
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UNFINISHED BUSINESS: He helped raise and give out $693M, but outgoing...

Neil D. Steinberg has never worked as hard as he has over the last 15 years. But he has also enjoyed every moment of...
OPEN SPACE: 
Meliza ­Urquhart, community manager at Paragon Mill in Providence, shows one of the new units offered at “workforce” rates for people who earn between 80% and 120% of the area’s median income. Demand in that slice of the housing market is far beyond the supply. 
PBN PHOTO/
MICHAEL SALERNO

MAKING ROOM In the MIDDLE: R.I. struggles to create workforce housing,...

For nursing assistant Johnbray Brown, moving into a workforce-rate unit in the renovated Paragon Mill in Providence’s Olneyville neighborhood was a hard-won victory spanning...
TURNAROUND TIME: New Care New England Health System CEO and President Dr. Michael Wagner says he’s focused on improving the financial health of the state’s second-largest health care system. 
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DAVID HANSEN

New CNE chief’s focus is on margins, not mergers

Less than six months into his tenure at Care New England Health System, Dr. Michael Wagner has clear ideas on how he wants to...
AMPED UP: Zachary Cobb, left, Hexagon Manufacturing Intelligence vice president of services, and Steven Ilmrud, vice president of operations, demonstrate one of the charging stations at the North Kingstown company that are part of the company’s ambitious plans to offset the emissions it produces with renewable energy or credits by 2030. 
PBN PHOTO/ELIZABETH GRAHAM

LOST IN EMISSIONS: Businesses befuddled by state’s net-zero goals

So far, the 10 electric vehicle charging stations tucked away in the corner of the 200-space parking lot at Hexagon Manufacturing Intelligence Inc. haven’t...
TABLE TALK: Anika Kimble-Huntley, second from left, chief marketing officer at R.I. Commerce Corp., confers with her staff at the R.I. Commerce headquarters in Providence. The staff includes, from left, Mark Brodeur, director of international and domestic group sales; Lindsay Russell, deputy director of communications and stakeholder engagement; and Robin Erickson, domestic tourism and marketing operations director.
PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

ATTRACTION STRATEGY: R.I.’s chief tourism marketer setting plan to entice visitors...

With the start of the peak tourism season approaching, Anika Kimble-Huntley is eyeing the billions of ­dollars that potential visitors to Rhode Island could...
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