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SEEKING INVESTMENT: Inclusion in the nationwide Opportunity Zone program could mean an influx of new investment and development for regions of the state deemed low-income census tracts. Each of the 25 Rhode Island tracts, the maximum nominations allowed by each state, has a greater-than-27 percent poverty rate. Investors in the program – who could fund everything from startups and business expansions to real estate deals – will be eligible for tax benefits. / SOURCE: R.I. COMMERCE CORP.

New Opportunity Zone program could help banks meet CRA requirements

Included in the 2017 $1.5 trillion federal tax overhaul heralded by President Donald Trump and passed by Congressional Republicans was the Opportunity Zone program.Encouraging...
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Uniform Bar Exam has pros and cons for R.I.

Recent adoption of the Uniform Bar Exam in Rhode Island has pros and cons for the local legal profession, say educators and partners at...
POSITIVE VIBES: According to results from the Providence Business News Summer 2017 Business Survey, local business owners are optimistic about the future of their businesses and the statewide economy, despite ongoing concerns about finding qualified workers and managing rising health care costs.  / PBN GRAPHIC/ANNE EWING & LISA LAGRECA

Strong quarterly results help fuel R.I. business owners’ faith in local...

Optimism reigns among Rhode Island business owners about the future for their businesses and the statewide economy, despite ongoing concerns about finding qualified workers...
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