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A SIMPLE SOLUTION: R.I. Housing Executive Director Barbara Fields, pictured in the agency’s offices, believes one important step in tackling the state’s affordable-housing crisis is to build more housing.  / PBN PHOTO/RUPERT WHITELEY

Affordable housing is more than an inexpensive place to live

The inability of people – especially young people starting out in their careers with less than median salaries and high college debt – to...
OPPORTUNITY ZONES: A map of the nominated census tracts in Rhode Island that Gov. Gina M. Raimondo submitted to the U.S. Treasury Department as Opportunity Zones, areas in which investors become eligible for tax incentives for investing in real estate projects or businesses. / COURTESY COMMERCE RI

Raimondo nominates 25 R.I. investment ‘opportunity zones’ to U.S. Treasury Department

PROVIDENCE – In the federal Tax Cut and Jobs Act of 2017, there was a provision designed to encourage investment in low-income areas that...

Can too much transparency hinder economic development?

There’s a running debate between the state and some outside parties about how much information related to luring business here should be shared with...
A PLAN BY JONSTON-BASED Carpionato Group proposes more than 300,000 square feet of commercial space on the east bank of the Providence River in the former Interstate 195 land, along with more than 100 apartments and a hotel. It will be presented to the I-195 Redevelopment Commission. / COURTESY CARPIONATO GROUP

Townhouses, retail spaces proposed for waterfront I-195 parcels

Update: The I-195 Redevelopment District Commission public meeting has been postponed. A new date has not yet been determined.PROVIDENCE – Three real estate development...
DO DEVELOPERS NEED HELPING HAND? Former Providence Mayor Joseph R. Paolino Jr. has taken advantage of tax-sta-bilization agreements to redevelop a number of city properties, including the more than 150-year-old Case-Mead Building. Without such incentives, Paolino said the city is “behind the eight-ball” when it comes to development. But some challenge the need for the tax breaks. / PBN FILE PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Providence TSA update needed to increase investment

For years Providence has had a justly earned reputation as one of the most difficult cities in which to develop real estate. Between costs,...
R.I. COMMERCE CORP. launched a new small business hotline number, (401) 521-HELP, to make it easier for local businesses to contact the agency and to raise awareness about the services it offers. Commerce RI is also launching an ad campaign to promote the hotline, such as the print ad above, that will run through June. / COURTESY R.I. COMMERCE CORP.

Commerce RI launches small business hotline, ad campaign

PROVIDENCE – The R.I. Commerce Corp. launched a new small business hotline number Monday, (401) 521-HELP (401-521-4357) designed to make it easier for small...
THE PROVIDENCE METRO AREA posted slow but steady growth in all three categories of the Brooking's Institution's Inclusive Growth Index between 2015 and 2016, just one of 11 metros to do so in that time frame. / COURTESY BROOKINGS INSTITUTION

Report: Providence metro posts all-around improvement on Inclusive Growth Index

PROVIDENCE – The Providence-Warwick-Fall River metropolitan area ranked No. 71 among the 100 largest metros in the nation for economic growth from 2015 to...
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Despite showing robust overall economic growth, many of the core measures of Rhode Island’s economic health lag U.S. growth in the first three years of Gov. Gina M. Raimondo’s administration. / Source: Federal Reserve Bank of Boston

Mixed messages through Raimondo’s term

Now in her fourth year as the state’s chief executive, Gov. Gina M. Raimondo is looking at running for re-election. So it seems as...
WHILE THE R.I. SENATE has passed legislation that creates the financing framework for a new stadium for the Pawtucket Red Sox, the House has yet to give an indication that it will vote on the deal to build the Ballpark at Slater Mill complex.

Grebien: Performing arts center being considered for Ballpark at Slater Mill...

PAWTUCKET – There are ongoing discussions to incorporate a Pawtucket Performing Arts Center into the proposed Pawtucket Red Sox Ballpark at Slater Mill, Pawtucket...
GOV. GINA M. RAIMONDO has named Daniel P. McConaghy chairman of the Council on Elementary and Secondary Education and William Foulkes chairman of the Council on Post-Secondary Education. / PBN PHOTO/MARK S. MURPHY

Do you think Gov. Gina M. Raimondo is doing a good...

With nearly a year to go before the next election for governor, the contenders in the race are coming to the fore. Republicans House...
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