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TECH INCUBATOR: Innovate Newport Director of Entrepreneurship and Innovation Tuni Schartner gives a tour of the former Sheffield School on Broadway in Newport, which will serve as the location of Innovate Newport. The business incubator will house small companies, startups and entrepreneurs in the fields of marine and environmental technology, cybersecurity and renewable energy.
 / PBN PHOTO/KATE WHITNEY LUCEY

Can a new business incubator keep a bigger slice of Navy...

For years, community leaders in Newport have watched as the nearby Naval ­Undersea Warfare Center has farmed out billions of dollars in contracts to...
FEDERAL FUNDING for General Dynamics Electric Boat’s U.S. Navy submarine construction program in Rhode Island and Connecticut should be secure as the company plans to hire hundreds of additional workers and expand its network of suppliers as the company ramps up the program in coming years./COURTESY/GENERAL DYNAMICS ELECTRIC BOAT

Trump, Dems agree on funding for Electric Boat sub program

Despite the federal budget standoff, Republican President Donald Trump and Rhode Island’s Democratic congressional leaders seem to agree on one important thing for the...
GENERAL DYNAMICS ELECTRIC BOAT plans to increasing staffing and suppliers in Rhode Island for the company's work on the U.S. Navy's next generation of nuclear-powered submarines./COURTESY GENERAL DYNAMICS ELECTRIC BOAT

General Dynamics Electric Boat: Full speed ahead on submarine work

WARWICK – General Dynamics Electric Boat plans to add between 1,000 and 1,500 jobs in Rhode Island and grow its local network of suppliers...
THE WESTERLY EDUCATION CENTER received a $750,000 STEM grant to support the acquisition of new equipment and to support staff positions. / COURTESY THE WESTERLY EDUCATION CENTER

WEC receives $750K STEM grant from U.S. Navy for equipment, staff...

WESTERLY – The Westerly Education Center received a $750,000 grant from the U.S. Navy's Office of Naval Research to fund the addition of capacity...
A BRIGHT START: Michael Stuba is training for a job as a pipe fitter for General Dynamics Electric Boat at a Westerly Education Center program put on by the Community College of Rhode Island. / PBN PHOTO/BRIAN MCDONALD

R.I. manufacturers learn to manage a ‘good’ problem – training more...

In the last few years, manufacturing in Rhode Island is on a growth spurt of sales, productivity and plant modernization, and that’s led to...

Is liberal-leaning Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse making a difference in a deeply...

A consistently liberal voice on both fiscal and social issues since joining the Senate in 2007, Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse, D-R.I., has made a name...

Defense News: Faulty welding found in Columbia-class submarine missile tubes

PROVIDENCE – Faulty welding was discovered in several missile tubes that were built for the Columbia- and Virginia-class submarine programs, Defense News reported Tuesday.BWXT...
PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Gov. Gina M. Raimondo sees a growing state economy to be...

When Gov. Gina M. Raimondo first ran for governor, the state’s economy was beginning to emerge from the impact of the Great Recession, still...
BUILDING A PARTNERSHIP: Gov. Gina M. Raimondo announced the creation of a postsecondary job-training program to be based in Woonsocket, with Larry J. Merlo-led CVS Health as one of the industry partners. 
 / PBN FILE PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO; COURTESY CVS HEALTH

New Woonsocket training center grand idea but needs more detail

Building on the success of the Westerly Education Center, which through industry partnerships (and funding) has helped train more than 1,000 postsecondary students for...
THE R.I. COMMERCE CORP. has approved $14.66 million in incentives over 10 years for four companies, which Commerce RI expects will add $118 million in new revenue for the state over 15 years. Above, Jesse Saglio, the chief operating officer and president of R.I. Commerce Corp, at left, and Gov. Gina M. Raimondo, at a recent meeting of the Commerce board. / PBN FILEPHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Commerce RI authorizes $14.7M in incentives for companies’ expansion, relocation plans

PROVIDENCE – State officials authorized up to $14,655,000 in incentives Monday intended to attract two new companies to Rhode Island and encourage two existing...
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