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WHAT WILL THE FUTURE BRING? Did Gov. Gina M. Raimondo's economic policies help grow Rhode Island's economy or was the state's improving economic condition just the result of the region and nation recovering from the Great Recession? To a certain degree, the just-concluded election may offer one answer to that question. / PBN FILE PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

With the election now settled, do you think that Rhode Island...

A major issue in any election is the economic health of the city/state/country that is holding the vote, and nowhere was the issue debated...

R.I. to launch first 24/7 mental health, substance-use triage, call center...

EAST PROVIDENCE – The state’s first triage and 24/7 hotline call center for overdose and addiction crises, the $1.4 million Behavioral Health Link, will...
PAWTUCKET MAYOR Donald R. Grebien, along with local officials, issued a call to action Wednesday for the state, Pawtucket, Central Falls and Hasbro to come together to find an economic package and agreement that would keep the toy company located in Pawtucket. / PBN PHOTO/CHRIS BERGENHEIM

Grebien calls on state and Hasbro to work together to keep...

PAWTUCKET – In a call to action, Pawtucket Mayor Donald R. Grebien Wednesday issued a plea to the Governor’s Office, R.I. Commerce Corp. and...
WORK IS SET to advance on the 6-10 Connector Interchange project starting Nov. 9, resulting in multiple traffic pattern shifts that will last from months to years, with the entire project expected to be complete by the fall of 2023. In a photo taken in the summer of 2015, on one of the bridges of the interchange, just south of Westminster Street, temporary braces put in by the R.I. Department of Transportation 15 years ago were showing signs of deterioration. / PBN FILE PHOTO/ MICHAEL SALERNO

6-10 Connector Interchange work advances on Nov. 9; RIDOT sees delays

PROVIDENCE – Work on the 6-10 Connector Interchange reconstruction will advance starting Friday Nov. 9, which will result in traffic pattern changes, the R.I....
CHANGING INDUSTRY: Cheryl Burrell, right, associate director of the Office of Diversity, Equity and Opportunity in the R.I. Department of Administration, is heading the state’s efforts to further diversify the construction industry. At left are Dorinda Keene, assistant administrator of MBE, or minority business enterprise, and Elvys Ruiz, chief supplier to diversity officer.
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White men still dominate construction, though some companies are committed to...

Born to immigrant families struggling to get by in Providence, Edwin A. Montas and Christopher L. Calderon had a lot in common growing up.Similarly...
THE R.I. DEPARTMENT of Environmental Management has announced $2.6 million in brownfield grans to 12 projects. The funding was the remaining balance of the 2016 Green Economy Bond.

DEM awards $2.6M in brownfield grants from remaining 2016 Green Economy...

PROVIDENCE – The R.I. Department of Environmental Management announced a $2.6 million round of funding allocation from the 2016 Green Economy Bond in brownfield...
HEALTHSOURCE RI'S open enrollment period for health insurance consumers begins Nov. 1, 2018.

HSRI open enrollment starts Nov. 1, sign-ups expected to remain steady

PROVIDENCE — HealthSource RI, the state’s health insurance exchange, begins its open enrollment period for the 2019 plan year Nov. 1, ending Dec. 23, anticipating...
A WORK IN PROGRESS: ­Competing agencies and their often at-odds agendas continue to make development in Providence less robust than it might be. 
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PAMELA BHATIA

PBN on WJAR-TV, Oct. 29, 2018

Despite some permitting improvements, developers often “going nowhere fast” in ProvidenceEvery week, PBN Editor Mark S. Murphy appears on WJAR-TV NBC 10’s Coffee Break to...
GOV. GINA M. RAMINDO and the R.I. Commerce Corp. have announced more than $1 million in awards from the Main Street Improvement Fund for nine municipalities. / PBN FILE PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Raimondo announces more than $1M in Main Street grants

NORTH PROVIDENCE – Gov. Gina M. Raimondo and the R.I. Commerce Corp. announced more than $1 million in Main Street Rhode Island Streetscape Improvement...
A WORK IN PROGRESS: ­Competing agencies and their often at-odds agendas continue to make development in Providence less robust than it might be. 
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PAMELA BHATIA

State, local regulations still hampering development in R.I.

The opening of a March 2015 PBN story, titled “Why is it so hard to build in Providence?” sounds eerily familiar to those reading...
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