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FEELING THE SPIRIT: Providence Place mall reported an increase in visitors to the mall in the first weekend of the holiday shopping season, placing the rise at about 3% above a year earlier. / PBN FILE PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

R.I. shopping centers feeling merry about December despite economic challenges

Crowded stores and stronger-than-expected sales have analysts predicting that the rest of the holiday shopping season will be a banner one despite higher prices,...
BUTLER HOSPITAL in Providence was one of the places where health care workers conducted  informational picketing recently because of what they say is subpar working conditions, which includes understaffing. COURTESY BUTLER HOSPITAL

Labor unrest simmers at hospitals

Health care workers across the state are grappling with a mix of low pay and poor working conditions that is driving colleagues away from...
ELIZABETH M. TANNER was appointed the state's commerce secretary by Gov. Daniel J. McKee in June at a time when the future of his administration was uncertain because of upcoming elections. Now that McKee has won the election, it appears Tanner will have more time to oversee the direction of R.I. Commerce Corp. / PBN FILE PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Election over, business community ready for action from R.I. Commerce

Some in the Rhode Island business community have high expectations that R.I. Commerce Corp. will soon be taking a clear, swift path of action...
THE NUMBER of events at the R.I. Convention Center and the Amica Mutual Pavilion next door are increasing and so is the amount of spending at local businesses by visitors. / COURTESY R.I. CONVENTION CENTER AUTHORITY

Convention bookings in R.I. looking brighter

The recent Rhode Island Comic Con that drew tens of thousands of people to downtown Providence over three days is the latest sign of...
THE "SUPERMAN" BUILDING, at left, is one of two high-profile downtown Providence projects that are inking a tax stabilization agreement with city officials. / PBN FILE PHOTO/PAMELA BHATIA

2 high-profile projects sidestep new rules for tax deals in Providence

After strengthening wage protections and increasing minority-business participation requirements for developers looking to get tax deals with the city, the Providence City Council appears...

Do limits on student renters ease housing dilemma?

A proposal to limit the number of student renters per apartment in Providence has sparked fears that such a move would exacerbate the severe...
R.I. EDUCATION COMMISSIONER Angélica Infante-Green wanted the business community to be involved in improving the public schools in Providence three years ago. Now a new public policy report has, in part, renewed those calls but on a statewide basis. PBN FILE PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Calls renewed for business community to help with schools

Three years after R.I. Education Commissioner Angélica Infante-Green led the takeover of Providence’s failing schools with a plan that included the involvement of the...
THE TURKS HEAD BUILDING, right, is at the heart of what was once a thriving financial district in Providence. PBN FILE PHOTO/MARY MACDONALD

Is I-195 land a drain on downtown?

Some new projects on the former Interstate 195 land have heightened concerns about incentives that favor new development in certain areas of Providence at...

RIPTA’s not the only public agency feeling effects of labor shortage

Like many companies in the private sector, some state agencies and municipalities are struggling to fill positions amid a severe labor shortage. The R.I. Public...
RORY'S MARKET & KITCHEN has opened on Washington Street in downtown Providence, where there has been a lack of retail food stores for years. PBN PHOTO/WILLIAM HAMILTON

An answer to downtown’s grocery store needs?

The COVID-19 pandemic may have altered the use of downtown districts throughout the country, but two grocery businesses are betting it hasn’t changed the...
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