RETIREMENT OPTIONS: Glenn King, FM Global’s manager of employee benefits, meets with staff. From left, foreground, are Tricia Fay, North America benefits manager, and Jill Goodman, retirement plans manager. From left, background, are Carole Williamson, manager health and welfare plans, and King. FM Global offers both a 401(k) plan and a pension plan to its employees.

Small businesses struggle to afford basic benefits for employees, survey finds

To the victors, go the spoils. That’s an old truism, especially for employers who win the battle for greater market share. Large companies such as...
NEW LAW: Rhode Island Center for Freedom and Prosperity CEO Mike Stenhouse believes a new law – requiring a 100% reimbursement rate for property taken by eminent domain within three opportunity zones in Pawtucket – is directed at the redevelopment of the former Apex department store.

Pawtucket wants ‘square deal’ under eminent domain

The legislator behind a new law that matches tax-increment financing authority with federal opportunity zones in Pawtucket says the change it makes to existing...
ALL THE DIFFERENCE: Chris Carlozzi, Rhode Island state director for the National Federation of Independent Business, said making it less expensive for small companies to reorganize under bankruptcy protection can “make all the difference” between survival and going out of business. 

New bill would simplify bankruptcy process for small businesses

Advocates for small businesses may finally get the legislation they’ve been seeking. Congress passed a bill in July to make it simpler and less expensive...
BY THE NUMBERS: Mark Stewart, left, chief financial officer of Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Rhode Island, sees Amar Gurivireddygari, the health insurer’s newly hired chief data and analytics officer, as a key to promoting more high-quality and cost-effective health care delivery. 

Skilled data analytics a health insurance priority

Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Rhode Island recently welcomed Chief Data and Analytics Officer Amar Gurivireddygari to its team. Tasked with making the health...
NO TEACHING AID: Students having smartphones in school has become an issue as they become more of a distraction than a potential learning tool.

As school districts battle student distraction, smartphones take center stage

The power of the smartphone to bring worldwide connectivity to the palm of a hand has transformed people’s daily lives. In public school classrooms, though,...
GOOD FIT: Ruth Thumbtzen, an AARP member, speaks with Brian Martin of Middletown last month after the ribbon-cutting for a new fitness park in Newport.

Newport park place to exercise, ‘change attitudes’

Ruth Thumbtzen was one of the first to try the workout equipment in mid-July, just after the ribbon-cutting at the new AARP-sponsored fitness park...
CONNECTED CLASSROOMS: Sandra Robinson, right, is the family preservation supervisor for Children’s Friend in Providence. The organization received a six-month grant through the R.I. Department of Health and the R.I. Department of Human Services, which it will use to expand parent and child access to culturally and linguistically responsive classrooms.

Grants promote cultural inclusion

Culturally and linguistically responsive teaching is coming to more early-childhood education classrooms in Rhode Island. As part of a grant program through the R.I. Department...
SMART TECH: From left, Todd Griffith, associate professor at the University of Texas at Dallas; Mario Rotea, professor at the University of Texas at Dallas; Neal Fine, CEO of Aquanis; and John Cooney, chief technology officer of Aquanis, at a conference held in Denver on July 8-10. Aquanis develops smart-blade technology for wind turbines.

Aquanis looks to curb wind-energy costs

From the ground, wind-turbine blade rotation appears nearly effortless, as though the spinning is entirely propelled by air currents. In reality, the movement and the...
NEW GANTRY: Vehicles pass underneath an electronic truck-tolling gantry on Route 6 in Providence over the Woonasquatucket River Bridge. The gantry is scheduled to begin operating this month.

Truck tolls roll on despite American Trucking Associations lawsuit, appeal

Coming to a Rhode Island highway near you: “Big Brother,” electronic truck-tolling style. That may be a cynical way to describe the automated truck-tolling gantries...
PRINCIPAL PRESSURES: East Providence School District Superintendent Kathryn Crowley said salary levels, work schedules, increased demands and public scrutiny could be reasons why principal positions seem to be less desirable than in the past. / PBN PHOTO/PAM BHATIA

Raimondo signs bill to fast-track principal certification in R.I.

East Providence School District Superintendent Kathryn Crowley can think of a handful of employees who she predicts would make good school principals. But for...

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