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BAD ROADS: Local communities are responsible for keeping track of their own road-repair projects. An effort in the late 1980s to ensure consistent pavement quality for local roads failed once state funding ran out. / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Bad roads should not be permanent part of Rhode Island experience

It’s not hard to find bad roads in Rhode Island, or any other state where winter settles. No local community is immune, though like...

Marijuana businesses need banks

BayCoast Bank is setting a much-needed standard locally with its public acceptance of deposits from businesses in the burgeoning marijuana industry.The Swansea-based bank has...

Many can take a bow for Quonset’s success

The Quonset Business Park has been the leading engine of Rhode Island’s economic growth and job creation for years and continues to grow and...

Housing might rescue economy from trade war

Recently released manufacturing data made two things clear: The Federal Reserve might be powerless to prevent the negative effects of the trade war from...

Data show remote work pays off

IN 2018, for the first time, people who took public transportation to work in the U.S. had higher median earnings than those who drove...
OPENING FOR HACKERS? The R.I. Board of Elections is studying whether modems added to voting machines in 2016 now represent a cybersecurity risk because they transmit encrypted data over the internet.
 / PBN PHOTO/MIKE SKORSKI

As hackers advance, government, businesses must stay step ahead

In the ever-evolving world of cybersecurity, technological upgrades can quickly become outdated. And no government or business can afford to think they are too...

Uncertainty on trade stalls growth

The trade war between the United States and China has been felt by most Rhode Island manufacturers, though not all in the same way.Many...

Americans feel down about a decent economy

In early 2017, a strange pattern began to appear. So-called soft economic numbers – surveys of business leaders and consumers – started to look...

State bans not enough to combat vaping

Tobacco. Heroin. Opiates. We didn’t know. Initially, we didn’t know that those substances would turn into addictions. The beauty turned into a beast. In...
SUPPORTING STARTUPS: Many business leaders are either looking for more support from state government or less regulatory hassles, according to the results of a PBN survey asking what would most help the state produce and keep more successful startups.
 / SOURCE: PBN RESEARCH/JAMES BESSETTE

Get more invested in growing, keeping successful startups

Rhode Island has a lot to offer startups, including great quality-of-life amenities and top-tier educational and support services.But the perception has always been that...
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