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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...
DRAMATIC CHANGE: Tom McGinn, captain and president, and Kristin Stone are co-owners of Providence Riverboat. After the company joined the Providence Warwick Convention & Visitors Bureau, it shifted its business model from cocktail cruises to catering to the tourism industry and nearly tripled its revenue in the first year, Stone said.
 / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Tourism: In search of coordination

The Providence Riverboat Co. once served primarily local customers. Its boats would take groups out on the Providence River for cocktail cruises, leaving from...
PRETTY ­PICTURE? Are state-sponsored efforts enough to keep the growth of Rhode Island’s tourism industry on an upward trajectory? 
 / COURTESY KATHERINE GENDREAU

Direction of tourism marketing still unanswered question for R.I.

In 2002, Providence Business News published an opinion piece that called for cooperation among the various visitor attractions in the Ocean State, something that...

Evans named to CMO role at Commerce RI

PROVIDENCE – Heather Evans is the new chief marketing officer of R.I. Commerce Corp., effective immediately, Commerce Secretary Stefan Pryor announced May 21. Evans most...
HEATHER EVANS has been named the chief marketing officer for the R.I. Commerce Corp. / COURTESY R.I. COMMERCE CORP.

Evans named to CMO role at Commerce RI

PROVIDENCE — Heather Evans was appointed the new chief marketing officer of the R.I. Commerce Corp., effective immediately, Commerce Secretary Stefan Pryor announced Tuesday. Evans...
THERE WERE SIX responses to an RFP for the redevelopment of McCoy Stadium and development of downtown Pawtucket. / COURTESY R.I. COMMERCE CORP.

Commerce receives 6 proposals for McCoy redevelopment/downtown Pawtucket

PAWTUCKET – The R.I. Commerce Corp. received six proposals for the reuse of McCoy Stadium and the redevelopment of downtown Pawtucket, Commerce RI announced...
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