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Fed’s loan program missing mark

Across Rhode Island and the country, the Federal Reserve’s Main Street Lending Program has not lived up to its potential. The program sought to help...

R.I.’s top tourism job in limbo

Almost five months after the state’s top tourism official resigned, R.I. Commerce Corp.’s promotional efforts “haven’t skipped a beat,” according to the agency’s interim...
LIVING ARRANGEMENTS: Two developers have proposed creating mixed-income housing on the I-195 Redevelopment District’s Parcel 9 in Fox Point. One of the plans, by ONE Neighborhood Builders, above, would include 58 apartments and a dedicated tenant, nonprofit Children’s Friend, that would run a child care center in the building. / COURTESY I-195 REDEVELOPMENT DISTRICT COMMISSION

I-195 district plans altered by pandemic

The impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on commercial development has reached the I-195 Redevelopment District, where several projects are under construction, approaching groundbreakings or...

What do progressive victories mean?

The business community is watching closely to see whether the victories of progressive candidates in local legislative primary races will set a new tone...

A strength test for gym contracts

The COVID-19 pandemic is fraying relations between fitness clubs, many of which are suffering financially, and some members who are enduring struggles of their...

Eviction stay fails to appease many

An eviction moratorium is available through the end of the year for residential tenants who file a simple declaration with their landlord, thanks to...
UNEXPECTED: Rick Simone, executive director of the Federal Hill Commerce Association, says restaurants at DePasquale Square in Providence were caught by surprise by the activist group PROVX’s protest on Aug. 24. / PBN FILE PHOTO/ELIZABETH GRAHAM

Racial-justice protests put businesses in tough spot

Tensions are mounting between activists with the Black Lives Matter movement and the small-business community. At issue is whether the disruption caused by demonstrations, and...

Hotel industry: We’re in dire need

With nearly 8,800 left jobless in Rhode Island’s hotel sector and an estimated 8 out of every 10 hotel rooms empty, some local hospitality...

Election planning hampered by COVID-19

Several Rhode Island communities have been struggling to find poll workers for upcoming elections because many experienced workers have “retired” over worries about the...

Cities, towns irked by lack of aid, withholding of revenue

As government coffers shrink, financial tensions between Rhode Island municipal and state leaders are growing. The Rhode Island League of Cities and Towns recently criticized...

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