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ROOM TO RUN: Robert Wheeler, co-owner of Friends of Toto Inc. in Pawtucket, spent $400,000 to double his business space but must now attract more customers to cover the cost. 
PBN FILE PHOTO/­MICHAEL SALERNO

It’s not if but when on recession, so get ready

Inflation and a looming recession have weighed heavily on local business owners and state leaders for months. And with good reason, as this week’s...
MARC B. PARLANGE, center, president of the University of Rhode Island, answers questions from Greater Providence Chamber of Commerce President Laurie White, left, and URI Provost Barbara Wolfe during Wednesday's State of the University event. / SCREENSHOT VIA YOUTUBE

‘Now is our time’: URI President Parlange unveils school’s strategic plan

SOUTH KINGSTOWN – In front of a live audience Wednesday in Edwards Hall, University of Rhode Island President Marc B. Parlange unveiled a 10-year...
CHRISTIAN COWAN has been appointed as the University of Rhode Island Research Foundation's first executive director. / COURTESY UNIVERSITY OF RHODE ISLAND

Cowan appointed as URI Research Foundation’s new executive director

SOUTH KINGSTOWN – Christian Cowan, who has served as the University of Rhode Island Research Foundation’s chief operating officer, has been appointed as the...
POTENTIAL PAVILION: Roger Williams Park Zoo Executive Director Stacey Johnson shows the area where a new, $12 million educational facility and events pavilion will be built if Rhode Island voters approve a $50 million “green economy” bond measure.
PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

MONEY MATTERS: $400M in bond issues on R.I. ballot as borrowing...

Matt Dunn and Rainer Lohmann are among the top researchers at the University of Rhode Island’s Graduate School of Oceanography, but it’s tough to...
Tom Giordano

R.I.’s top CEOs are backing Question 1

Publicly funded higher education and private industry rely upon each other. Public institutions of higher education – when properly funded and with adequate infrastructure...
ASHLEY KALUS, top center, Republican gubernatorial candidate, shares her economic plan Thursday with local business officials at VR Industries Inc. in Warwick. / PBN PHOTO/JAMES BESSETTE

Kalus unveils plan to boost R.I. competitiveness

WARWICK – Referring to it as a “promise to working families,” Republican gubernatorial candidate Ashley Kalus on Thursday unveiled an economic plan for the...

Raimondo calls for ‘a new blue economy’

PROVIDENCE - Former R.I. governor and current U.S. Commerce Secretary Gina M. Raimondo on Wednesday said the Biden administration sees the ocean, or blue,...

Funding snub not the end of blue economy

It was unrealistic to have expected U.S. Commerce Secretary and former R.I. Gov. Gina M. Raimondo to use her influence to steer to her...

THE NEW GUARD: Fuller says UMass Dartmouth has many capabilities to...

(Editor’s note: This is the sixth installment in an occasional series of interviews with the region’s new wave of higher education leaders.) Mark Fuller acknowledges...

Five Questions With: Anthony Marchese

Anthony Marchese is the dean for the University of Rhode Island College of Engineering. Marchese became dean of the university’s engineering college in February....
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