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Dan McConaghy was named executive director of the R.I. Convention Center Authority in March after an eight-month stint as deputy director of the R.I. Department of Administration. Prior to that, McConaghy worked in real estate and construction. / PBN PHOTO/RUPERT WHITELEY

Survive and advance

Daniel P. McConaghy | R.I. Convention Center Authority executive director There’s a popular phrase in the college basketball universe: Survive and advance. It’s about using the...
LONG VIEW: Gov. Daniel J. McKee and other state Democratic leaders are focusing on long-term projects for the state’s $1.1 billion share of new federal pandemic aid. / AP FILE PHOTO/STEVEN SENNE

Federal pandemic aid can help now and the long term

While Rhode Island state leaders are focused on hoarding an estimated $1.1 billion in new federal pandemic aid, a different political dynamic is playing...
A PATIENT HOST: Erin Umbdenstock held out hope she’d get her job back when she was laid off from the Providence Marriott Downtown when the COVID-19 pandemic hit. It turned out better than that for her. / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Hospitality’s headache: How to attract, keep workers 

Erin Umbdenstock spent her four-month stint of unemployment trying to keep busy. She cooked and cleaned her Coventry apartment and took up several new hobbies....

Join the List of Local Companies Taking the Pledge to Meet...

The long-awaited return of business travel is within reach as the Rhode Island Convention Center prepares to welcome its first in-person event in more...
CREATIVE THINKING: Lisa Mattiello, CEO of catering and events-planning business Pranzi Inc. in Providence, has had to think outside the box to develop alternative sources of revenue amid the COVID-19 pandemic. / PBN FILE PHOTO/RUPERT WHITELEY

Mattiello’s cooking up ways to overcome adversity

PBN 2021 Business Women Awards Achievement Honoree: Lisa Mattiello, Pranzi Inc. LISA MATTIELLO HAS ALWAYS loved food, beverages and occasions for people to gather. Growing up...

R.I. Commerce seeking tourism marketing leader with local knowledge

PROVIDENCE – The R.I. Commerce Corp. is seeking candidates for its chief marketing officer position that have a working knowledge of Rhode Island and...
EASING IN: Gov. Daniel J. McKee supports letting the unemployed and underemployed ease back into the workforce, so they can continue to collect unemployment benefits while working part time. Several other states are moving to end supplemental weekly $300 payments to encourage more people to consider available jobs. / AP PHOTO/
PAUL SAKUMA

UI changes a Band-Aid for wounded R.I. job market

It’s surreal to think that after a more than yearlong pandemic and 450,000-plus COVID-19 unemployment filings in Rhode Island, that jobs would now be...

Meet in RI To Help Jump-Start the State’s Meetings and Events...

It’s been more than a year since in-person meetings and events were abruptly suspended in Rhode Island, causing a ripple effect of lost business...

Returning to normal

Are you optimistic that some sense of normalcy will return by the end of 2021? Yes: 90% Unsure: 10% No: 0% When do you feel some sense of...

Marsella Development Corp. to purchase Union Station’s lower floor; build food...

PROVIDENCE – Marsella Development Corp. had a hand in redeveloping Union Station more than three decades ago. Now, the company is working with the...

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