OPPORTUNITY ZONE: Chris Vitale, community-development coordinator for Bristol, stands on Hope Street, one of the areas recently approved by the Treasury Department as an opportunity zone, which will be marketed to developers as a place for ­investment. / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Treasury Department approves R.I.’s 25 census tracts for opportunity-zone program

In mid-April, R.I. Commerce Corp. identified 25 low-income census tracts across 15 cities and towns in Rhode Island as opportunity zones, including Bristol’s tract...
PERSONAL RELATIONSHIP: Mark K. W. Gim, president and chief operating officer at Washington Trust Bancorp Inc., parent of Westerly based The Washington Trust Co., says local banks need to be vigilant to ensure smooth technology adoption while also maintaining the personal relationships banks have built their brand on.
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Balancing demand for touch and tech

With an evolving mixture of millennials and older customers, local banks and credit unions increasingly face a dilemma when it comes to rapidly evolving...
FAMILY FIRST: Pictured with his wife and five children is Chris Whitten, second from right, broker and owner of Premeer Real Estate in Johnston, which was the first corporation to sign on to The Children’s Workshop’s Family First program. The latter offers businesses the ability to craft customized child care benefits for their employees.  / PBN PHOTO/RUPERT WHITELEY

Family First allows employers to offer employees customized child care benefits

A working father of five – with children ranging from 4 months to 13 years – Chris Whitten knows the importance of quality child...
LONGTIME TRAINER: Judy Kaye, owner of Providence-based Kaye Training & Consulting, has been working as a consultant with small and large employers, as well as individuals, on diversity and racial-bias training for 25 years.  / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Anti-bias training widespread in R.I.

Even before Starbucks closed its doors May 29 for an afternoon of mandatory racial-diversity training for all employees, many small-business owners and human resources...
EXTRA MILE: Mary McBride, editor-in-chief of the UMass Law Review and a third-year law student at the University of Massachusetts School of Law in Dartmouth, says professors at the school go the extra mile to meet one-on-one with students and help them excel in the field. / PBN PHOTO/­MICHAEL SALERNO

RWU, UMass law schools exceed new proposed bar exam standard

Representing a proposed new tracking metric, in March the American Bar Association for the first time compiled pass rates for Class of 2015 graduates...
IN FAVOR: Dr. James K. Sullivan, left, senior vice president and chief medical officer at Butler Hospital in Providence, speaks with Charles Alexandre, chief nursing officer. Sullivan spoke to the General Assembly in favor of a bill that would require parity in insurance between mental health and physical health for general practitioner services. / PBN PHOTO/RUPERT WHITELEY

Parity seen lacking in mental, physical care

By law, mental or behavioral health and physical health should be treated with parity by insurers but Rhode Island lawmakers and insurance professionals say...
HIGH DEMAND: Barbara Wolf, left, dean of the University of Rhode Island’s College of Nursing, with Jane Williams, dean of nursing at Rhode Island College, at the new Rhode Island Nursing Center in Providence. Wolfe says URI continues to see a high demand for graduates with professional nursing degrees, as opposed to a two-year associate degree. / PBN FILE PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Nursing jobs at risk as hospitals merge

The future holds fewer, lower-paying hospital nursing jobs as health care consolidation progresses but growing demand for nursing skills outside hospitals presents promising opportunities,...
HANDS-ON LEARNING: Denise Coppa, left, coordinator of the family nurse practitioner concentration at the University of Rhode Island and interim associate dean of URI’s College of Nursing, with Kristen Rameika, seated, of South Kingstown, and Caryn Amedee, of East Providence. Both are graduate students in the Nurse Practitioner program at URI. / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Nurse practitioners fill need for patients as primary care physicians decrease

Within the past decade, the number of nurse practitioners in Rhode Island has grown steadily, reflecting what is seen as a growing demand for...
FIRST INTERN: Johanna Bravo finished the 2-month-old Southeastern New England Defense Industry Alliance internship program for veterans and was the first intern to be placed through the program. Displayed are some of her photos from service in the U.S. Army and R.I. National Guard. / PBN PHOTO/­MICHAEL SALERNO

SENEDIA boosting opportunities for vets

A U.S. Army and R.I. National Guard veteran, Johanna Bravo is now the senior logistician at Purvis Systems in Middletown thanks to a match...
PROGRAM TRAINERS: Fred Mattera, left, program director and trainer for the Commercial Fisheries Center of Rhode Island apprenticeship program for new crew members for the Rhode Island fishing fleet, with Jon Knight, owner of Superior Trawl. Knight is net-repair trainer for the center. / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Fishing apprenticeship program aimed at getting military veterans back to work

Veterans often face a host of challenges when returning to civilian life after military service.Among the biggest is entering and adjusting to the civilian...
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