Economic development front and center at Providence mayoral forum

Updated 9:25 a.m., June 8

PROVIDENCE MAYORAL CANDIDATES discussed housing, safety and business in a mayoral forum organized by the Providence Foundation and Downtown Improvement District. Pictured from left to right are candidates Nirva LaFortune, Gonzalo Cuervo and Brett Smiley, and Cliff Wood, executive director for The Providence Foundation. /SCREENSHOT
PROVIDENCE – From public safety fears to the housing crisis and the “brain drain” of college graduates leaving the capital city, nearly all the problems plaguing Providence share a single solution: economic development. Indeed, the three city mayoral candidates returned to the topic of economic development when discussing a range of issues in a forum…

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