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FLOOD-PRONE: Grover Fugate, executive director of the R.I. Coastal Resources Management Council, stands in front of properties on Strand Avenue in an at-risk area for flooding near the Oakland Beach neighborhood in Warwick.
 / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Report: R.I. homebuilding codes don’t cover all storm risks

Rhode Island again scored well in a recent report on the strength and enforcement of its homebuilding codes. However, with the 2018 hurricane season...
JOB CREATION: Matthew Morrissey, left, vice president of Deepwater Wind, at the energy company’s Providence headquarters with John O’Keeffe, manager of operations and marine affairs. Deepwater said 800 temporary construction jobs and 50 permanent maintenance and operations positions will be needed to facilitate the construction of a second Rhode Island-based offshore wind farm. / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Offshore wind farms are producing hundreds of jobs in R.I.

Rhode Island, looking to leverage the vast coastline after which it draws its nickname, jumped on the offshore wind farm bandwagon early on and...
SAFETY TRACKER: Gilbane Building Co. is piloting a safety device called a ­Spot-R, at work sites outside Rhode Island. It registers data on worker falls and allows management to identify where the injured worker is located. Paul Bechard III, an insurance account associate, demonstrates the device at the company’s Providence headquarters.
 / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Unions wary of safety technology piloted by Gilbane

Workplace falls can be deadly on construction sites. More commonly, they lead to lost time and productivity when workers are injured.Falls are the most...
HEALTHY ECONOMY: Joyce Lancellotti, left, division director of the Providence office of Robert Half Management Resources, speaks with Cassandra Iasiello, recruiting manager. Lancellotti said companies were reluctant to organize corporate outings during the past decade due to the cost and the economic instability of the Great Recession, but those attitudes are changing now that the economy is healthier. / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

R.I. officials confident corporate outings will increase this summer

Eighty percent of 2,200 chief financial officers queried across 20 major U.S. metropolitan areas report their firms do not offer an annual corporate outing...
IN THE SWING: An 18-hole golf course is one of many outdoor amenities offered for corporate outings and retreats by The Preserve at Boulder Hills in Richmond. Other activities include tennis, indoor shooting and sporting clay events, and scavenger hunts.
 / COURTESY THE PRESERVE AT BOULDER HILLS

Outdoors a draw for summer outings

The state’s array of outdoor amenities gives businesses a host of options beyond the stereotypical hotel ballroom for summer team-building getaways and other staff...
HIGH-TECH CADAVER: Michael Clancy, center top, an anatomy professor at the Rhode Island Nurses Institute Middle College in Providence, works with nursing students on Joy, a synthetic cadaver featuring replaceable muscles, bones, organs, veins and arteries made from materials that mimic live tissue.
 / COURTESY RHODE ISLAND NURSES INSTITUTE MIDDLE COLLEGE

Syndaver provides high school students technological edge in nursing

Her name is Joy. She is the quiet type.Joy is 5 feet 2 inches tall. That’s not to say she stands 5-foot-2, because she...
INNOVATIVE DESIGN: Peter Gill Case, lead architect at Truth Box Architects in Providence, is designing, building and will own a new building in the West End expected to be one of the first multifamily dwellings designed with “passive house” techniques and technology.
 / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

‘Passive house’ design offers energy savings

The energy-savings principle behind a “passive house” design is as the name implies: the structure is built to economize. The mechanical systems – heating...
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.
 / PBN FILE PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

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...
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