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R.I. GENERAL TREASURER and gubernatorial candidate Seth Magaziner announced Thursday a proposed $300 million bond that, if approved by voters in November, will help with additional school building repairs and construction. / PBN FILE PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

New $300M statewide school construction bond measure introduced

PROVIDENCE – Legislation to expand a major statewide investment in constructing new and refurbishing public school buildings was introduced on Thursday at the Statehouse. R.I....
RHODE ISLAND has launched its own podcast about the Blue Economy that will feature experts and public figures on developments and innovations in the ocean-related sectors in Rhode Island. / COURTESY R.I. COMMERCE CORP.

URI Research Foundation’s blue economy proposal a federal Build Back Better...

SOUTH KINGSTOWN – The University of Rhode Island Research Foundation's proposal to develop a regional blue economy technology hub is among 60 finalists selected...
GETTING ­CERTIFIED: ­Dominican immigrant Pedro Mendez, right, has applied for his business, AmeriSigns, to be part of the state’s Minority Business Enterprise program. Also pictured are workers Luiyi Moreno, left, and Obdalis Csisa.  / PBN FILE PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

R.I. needs to get with the times on minority contracting

The state historically has failed miserably in ensuring minority-owned businesses get their fair share of tens of millions of dollars in state contracts. That looked...
WORKING TOGETHER: Panelists discuss the ways government and businesses in Rhode Island can work hand in hand to increase access to funds and develop a larger talent pool for various industries during a virtual conversation moderated by PBN Editor Michael Mello, center, and Mark S. Murphy, top left. Clockwise from the top middle are: Eric M. Shorr, Michael E. McKelvy, Edward O. “Ned” Handy III, Marcela Betancur, Chris Parisi and Betty Robson.

Call to arms for government, businesses

On the occasion of Providence Business News’ 35th anniversary, six business and community leaders joined in a virtual discussion on Rhode Island’s economy –...
SMALL-BUSINESS STARTER: Providence-based Maternova Inc. was the first medtech venture to complete an accelerator program at Social Enterprise Greenhouse. The company’s founder, Meg Wirth, foreground, is now SEG’s director of health and wellness. / PBN FILE PHOTO/ELIZABETH GRAHAM

Lending some help to little guys

SMALL BUSINESS Ask any Rhode Island small-business owner if they could use more help – loans, grants, coaching, training programs – and it’s safe to...
FUTURE WORKFORCE? Rhode Island high school students participating in a career pathway program for offshore wind jobs ride in a boat circling a Block Island Wind Farm turbine. /  COURTESY LUCKY DAWG PHOTOGRAPHY/DOUG LEARNED

A reversal of fortune on jobs front

WORKFORCE After working for years to create new jobs in Rhode Island, state labor officials have been faced with an unusual problem recently. In some...
R.I. LARGE SCALE: Matthew Morrissey, head of Northeast markets for Orsted U.S. Offshore Wind Power, stands in the company’s office in Providence in March 2020. / PBN FILE PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

State is banking on power boost

ENERGY/ENVIRONMENT Change usually happens slowly, especially when government gets involved. But in the last five years, the nascent renewable energy sector has exploded in the United...
MOVING ON: Pawtucket Mayor Donald R. Grebien talks with then-Gov. Gina M. Raimondo at an August 2018 press conference at Slater Mill to discuss the Pawtucket Red Sox’ decision to move to Worcester, Mass. / PBN FILE PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Faces change, differences remain

GOVERNMENT Talk about a sudden turn. For six years, the General Assembly – or at least one chamber of it – was controlled by House Speaker...
TAKING NO CHANCES: In November 2020, Elizabeth “Libby” Sarro, right, administrator at Bethany Home of Rhode Island, helps office manager Linda Wilson, center, and David Bragga, director of therapy, don protective equipment at the entrance of the Providence nursing home. / PBN FILE PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

A time of upheaval and recovery

HEALTH CARE The health care system in Rhode Island, transformed by expanded health care insurance access, is preparing for further change as 2021 draws to...
SUPPORT GROUP: Cranston Democrat Sen. Joshua Miller, left, and Senate Majority Leader Michael J. McCaffrey, right, introduced legislation last spring to legalize recreational marijuana, with the backing of Senate President Dominick J. Ruggerio, center. It passed the Senate but died in the House. / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

PLANTING THE SEED: Stakes are high as R.I. officials lay groundwork...

It’s really no longer a matter of “if” recreational use of marijuana will be legalized in Rhode Island. Now it’s more a question of...

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