Change in state leadership led to permanent closure of R.I. Office of Innovation

Updated at 3:16 p.m.

THE R.I. OFFICE OF INNOVATION closed permanently last June without a public announcement except for a notice on its website. The office was created under Gov. Gina M. Raimondo in 2016. PBN FILE PHOTO/CASSIUS SHUMAN
THE R.I. OFFICE OF INNOVATION closed permanently last June without a public announcement except for a notice on its website. The office was created under Gov. Gina M. Raimondo in 2016. PBN FILE PHOTO/CASSIUS SHUMAN
PROVIDENCE — A shift in state leadership hastened the closure of the R.I. Office of Innovation, according to state and former office employees who say the office had been intended as a temporary measure.  Beginning in 2016, the Office of Innovation, established with much fanfare under then-Gov. Gina M. Raimondo, helped to launch more than…

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