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As blumshapiro’s industry leader for its construction and real estate group, Luke Ebersold has significant responsibilities. But his move to Rhode Island has given him personal satisfaction, as well as exposure 
to the state’s workforce-
development programs.  / PBN PHOTO/DAVE HANSEN

Responsive government helps develop workforce in way industry needs

Luke Ebersold | Blum, Shapiro & Co. PC Rhode Island managing partnerEven though I’ve spent the last several years living and working in Connecticut,...

Too many contractors exploit workers

As a state with a lot of competing interests, Rhode Island knows that solving a problem means you’ve got to work together. Today, our...
MAKING CONNECTIONS: Tyrone A. Smith, left, director of employment and housing at Operation Stand Down Rhode Island, meets with Tim Ruel, veterans employment and training specialist, and Lindsey Arigno, veterans employment specialist. OSDRI assists veterans who are seeking jobs.
 / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Government, nonprofits, companies help veterans surmount employment hurdles

When Elexious Dasilva was discharged from the U.S. Army last November after serving for two years, she knew she needed to find a job...
RHODE ISLAND UNEMPLOYMENT declined 0.4 percentage points year over year to 3.7% in April. / COURTESY R.I. DEPARTMENT OF LABOR AND TRAINING

DLT: RI’s unemployment declines in April as jobs added

PROVIDENCE –  The state’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate fell slightly in April as 5,000 more jobs were added year over year, according to the...

More good jobs will improve R.I.’s personal income

Gov. Gina M. Raimondo has been on a mission for more than four years now to grow the number and improve the quality and...

Employers getting ‘skin’ in job training

Part of Rhode Island’s economic future depends on the state’s ability to keep pushing the envelope on job training, and that includes getting employers...
CONFIDENCE WANING? Matt Fair, center, of Hayes & ­Sherry Real Estate Services, listens with colleagues during PBN’s first Economic Trends Summit in Providence on Feb. 15. Panelists said perennial concerns such as rising health care costs and uncertainty about changing federal policies are dampening optimism about an otherwise strong economy.
 / PBN PHOTO/RUPERT WHITELEY

Optimism tempered by uncertainty

Rhode Island’s economy is doing well, but a handful of perennial bugaboos, along with actions at the federal level, have dampened the business community’s...
RIPTA WILL OFFER a free trial bus service starting Jan. 22 from Kennedy Plaza to the Quonset Business Park, making 11 stops in the park. The pilot program will run through mid-April. / COURTESY R.I. PUBLIC TRANSIT AUTHORITY

RIPTA to launch pilot bus service to Quonset Business Park from...

PROVIDENCE – A pilot program to bring bus service to businesses at Quonset Business Park in North Kingstown from Providence will begin Jan. 22,...
NEW HIRE: Jody Jencks was recently hired as director of PVD HeatlhWorks, a training program for residents interested in jobs in the health care and social-assistance field.
 / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

City building pipeline to jobs in growing field

Under Mayor Jorge O. Elorza, Providence is the first community in Rhode Island to create a training program for residents interested in jobs in...

Rhode Island restarts a manufacturing legacy

Rhode Island has been making things ever since Europeans arrived on the shores of Narragansett Bay. First it was boats, then textiles and finally...
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