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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...
ROSS GITTELL has been named president of Bryant University. / COURTESY BRYANT UNIVERSITY

Bryant University names Gittell president

SMITHFIELD – Bryant University’s longtime and outgoing president now has a successor. The private university announced Wednesday that Ross Gittell, the chancellor of the Community...
Thorne Sparkman joined Slater in 2000 as executive director of what was then known as the Slater Center for Interactive Technologies. He focuses on the earliest stage of company creation, including working with university-based teams commercializing research. / PBN PHOTO/RUPERT WHITELEY

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Thorne Sparkman | Slater Technology Fund managing director As a seed-stage investor, I spend countless hours discovering and courting entrepreneurs, because the founders of today’s...

The case against government incentives

There have been two prominent instances in recent years of governments offering huge monetary incentives in exchange for an office or factory. Both have...

The numbers show soccer is future of U.S. sports

If you’re in the business of professional sports right now, the fundamentals are cause for concern. Attendance is falling, even in the midst of...

How second-tier U.S. cities catch the superstars

For the past three decades, one of the central stories in the U.S. economy has been the rise of superstar cities. As the country...

WJAR: McCoy Stadium plans to be announced Monday

PROVIDENCE — State and local officials are expected to announce Monday afternoon plans regarding the future of McCoy Stadium, WJAR-TV NBC 10 reported Wednesday. While...
STUDENT-FOCUSED: R.I. Education Commissioner Angélica Infante-Green says Providence’s nearly 24,000 students will be her focus, as she leads the state takeover of the city’s public school system. / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Business a key part of Infante-Green’s blueprint for takeover of Providence...

R.I. Education Commissioner Angélica Infante-Green has been in Rhode Island for less than a year, but she now finds herself trying to fix a...

GA wants to jump-start investment in small businesses but new fund...

A messy debate has been unfolding in the halls of political power in Rhode Island over how the state should help small businesses with...

East Providence names planning and economic-development director

EAST PROVIDENCE – William J. Fazioli, a former city manager, has been named director of planning and economic development in Rhode Island’s fifth-largest city. The...

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