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RIGHT APPROACH? Unlike her predecessor, Gov. Gina M. Raimondo has made heavy use of tax incentives to grow business in the Ocean State. / PBN FILE PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Commerce RI well-positioned to help state weather a recession

In her more than five years in office, Gov. Gina. M. Raimondo has transformed how the state approaches economic development, largely through a revamped...

R.I. lacks key data on minority businesses

People of color are underrepresented as business owners compared with their share of Rhode Island’s population, but getting a clear picture on the depth...
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Five Questions With: Pawtucket Mayor Donald R. Grebien

Donald R. Grebien | Mayor, Pawtucket 1. With the Pawtucket Red Sox leaving in 2021, do you feel the $400 million Tidewater Landing development...
MIXED-USE: Pictured in the rendering are an indoor sports center, a 200-room hotel and a conference center at the site of the former Apex building in Pawtucket as part of a $400 million mixed-use development by Fortuitous Partners. The project includes a 7,500-seat soccer stadium, which can be seen at the top right. / COURTESY NEW HARBOR GROUP

Developer behind $400M project in Pawtucket recruiting private investors

Brett Johnson is quickly becoming a household name in Pawtucket, thanks to his development company’s plans for a $400 million mixed-use project anchored by...

Big question in Pawtucket: What to do with McCoy Stadium?

Pawtucket and R.I. Commerce Corp. initially sought proposals for “McCoy Stadium and Pawtucket Downtown Development.” But the winning selection, Fortuitous Partners’ $400 million soccer...

How the GA-backed investment fund works

This is how the Small Business Development Fund, as approved by the General Assembly, would work: The state would issue up to $42 million in...
UPDATING THE PATH A new collaboration between the Westerly Education Center, the R.I. Department of Labor and Training, the R.I. Office of the Postsecondary Commissioner and businesses across the state, with support from the Real Jobs Rhode Island initiative, is training the next generation of process technicians and chemical operators, positions needed in the brewing, medical research and consumer products industries, among others. The program requires a high school diploma or GED to begin, takes eight weeks of both classroom learning and hands-on training, 
and is free. Here, Clarke Richmond makes circuits to control fluids at the WEC. / PBN PHOTO/BRIAN MCDONALD


Paths to manufacturing jobs grow

Perhaps it was an extraordinary run as a major manufacturer in a number of industries, one that kept the state looking backward instead of...
THE R.I. COMMERCE CORP. board of directors will consider a Network Matching Grant for the New England Medical Innovation Center, along with three Innovation Vouchers and other proposals when it meets Monday night.

Commerce to consider new grants and vouchers for R.I. companies

PROVIDENCE – The R.I. Commerce Corp. board of directors is scheduled to meet Monday evening to consider decisions on incentives, grants and innovation vouchers...

Commerce approves incentives for wind-turbine maintenance company

PROVIDENCE – The R.I. Commerce Corp. board of directors approved up to $886,250 over 10 years in Qualified Jobs Incentives for Boston Energy Wind...
THE R.I. COMMERCE CORP. Investment Committee will consider Qualified Jobs Incentives up to $886,250 over 10 years for Boston Energy Wind Power Services Inc. The company’s parent organization is Bostonair Group Ltd. headquartered in the United Kingdom.

Commerce Investment Committee to consider incentives for U.K. wind turbine maintenance...

PROVIDENCE – The R.I. Commerce Corp. Investment Committee will consider Qualified Jobs Incentives of up to $886,250 over 10 years for Boston Energy Wind...

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