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THE NAVIGATORS: Marc B. Parlange, second from right, president of the University of Rhode Island, speaks during a discussion about the blue economy during Providence Business News’ 2024 Emerging Industries Summit on March 13. Also on the panel are, from left, Anthony Baro, managing principal of E2SOL LLC; Jeanine Boyle, CEO of Inspire Environmental Inc.; Jim Owens, principal at Nautilus Defense LLC; Nishita Roy-Pope, founder and CEO of Tribe Academy LLC; and Stephen Piper, lead client partner at the state of Rhode Island and IBM Consulting.   
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On blue economy, R.I. needs to stay the course

When offshore wind giant Orsted A/S established its Providence hub in 2020, it sent a clear signal to the broader ocean economy, says Jeanine...
MARC B. PARLANGE received a five-year contract extension to remain as the University of Rhode Island's president. / COURTESY UNIVERSITY OF RHODE ISLAND

Parlange receives 5-year extension to remain as URI president

SOUTH KINGSTOWN – Marc B. Parlange will remain leading the University of Rhode Island for the foreseeable future. The university announced Wednesday that its board...
Lisa Carnevale / PBN PHOTO/RUPERT WHITELEY

Five Questions With: Lisa Carnevale

Lisa Carnevale | Vice president of innovation initiatives, R.I. Commerce Corp. 1. What are your priorities for Rhode Island’s federally designated Ocean Tech Hub?...

Ocean Tech Hub seeking project concept proposals

PROVIDENCE – A federally designated blue tech hub encompassing Rhode Island and Massachusetts has issued its first call for ocean technology projects. The Ocean Tech...

Amo nominated for House Committee on Science, Space and Technology

PROVIDENCE – Recently elected U.S. Rep. Gabe Amo, D-R.I., is anticipating a spot on the House Committee on Science, Space and Technology, where he says he...
OFFERING GUIDANCE: Craig Pickell, CEO of Bullard Abrasives Inc., left, works with press operator Ceaser Gomez on a machine at the Lincoln-based manufacturer. 
PBN PHOTO/TRACY JENKINS

Pickell’s vision extends
far beyond his own company

PBN 2023 Manufacturing Awards STRATEGIC LEADERSHIP: Craig Pickell, CEO, Bullard Abrasives Inc. Craig Pickell displays his leadership abilities in more ways than one. First and foremost, Pickell...
HUB BUILDER: Gov. Daniel J. McKee recently nominated former Rhode Island Foundation leader Neil D. Steinberg, pictured, to serve as the R.I. Life Sciences Hub’s board chairman. 
PBN FILE PHOTO/TRACY JENKINS

Two hubs better than one when looking for job growth

For those wondering where post-pandemic job growth might come from in Rhode Island, there’s encouraging news on two fronts. On Oct. 23, the state was...
A NEW POLL from the University of Rhode Island shows that state and local K-12 education funding should increase, the state’s economy is not strong and residents have low levels of trust in governments. / PBN FILE PHOTO/CASSIUS SHUMAN

URI poll: Education funding should increase, trust in government low

SOUTH KINGSTOWN – Rhode Islanders feel that state and local K-12 education funding should increase and support investment in the blue economy but they...

Naval Undersea Warfare Center enters partnership to build underwater station

PROVIDENCE – The Naval Undersea Warfare Center Division Newport has entered into an agreement with Proteus Ocean Group to build an underwater "space station"...
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