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BLOUNT FINE FOODS CORP. CEO and President Todd Blount speaks with an employee at the company's Fall River facility. PBN FILE PHOTO/RUPERT WHITELEY

Clam cakes and chowder? Pulling out stops to attract workers

With the COVID-19 pandemic upending Rhode Island’s job market, employers are desperate to fill positions, utilizing creative tactics to draw new employees. Due to high...

How will states tax remote work?

After finally getting the hang of remote work, employers could face new headaches around tax policies for workers whose home offices had them working...
MARK DEPASQUALE is CEO and founder of Green Development LLC, a renewable energy developer that is decrying Gov. Daniel J. McKee's veto of a bill related to interconnection costs. PBN FILE PHOTO/DAVE HANSEN

Green energy developer: Veto could hinder future projects

A renewable energy developer says Gov. Daniel J. McKee’s veto of legislation that would have changed the process and charges to interconnect solar projects...
BEACH HOMES such as this one in Narragansett are hot commodities on the rental market this summer, according to local tourism officials. / PBN FILE PHOTO

Growing number of ‘homestays’ giving R.I. tourism a big boost

Tourism officials in Rhode Island’s shoreline communities are preparing for a bustling summer season based, in part, on the large number of home rentals...
LT. GOV. SABINA MATOS, the former Providence City Council president, speaks after being nominated lieutenant governor by Gov. Daniel J. McKee on March 31. / COURTESY R.I. OFFICE OF THE GOVERNOR/ JONATHAN BISSONNETTE

So far, businesses hopeful about Matos

Members of the small-business community have been buoyed by Lt. Gov. Sabina Matos’ initial actions in her role as Gov. Daniel J. McKee’s administration...
MOISES FORTES of Pawtucket receives the COVID-19 vaccine from registered nurse Lenny Cioe recently, while Dr. Cristina Pacheco, chief medical officer for Blackstone Valley Community Health Inc., supervises vaccine administration at Blackstone Valley’s Central Falls location. / PBN FILE PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

R.I.’s new COVID-19 vaccine strategy will involve family doctors

The R.I. Department of Health is moving to include primary care doctors – the health care professionals with the most intimate knowledge of people’s...
PETER ALVITI JR., director of the R.I. Department of Transportation, stands in Kennedy Plaza in Providence last year and explains where new bus stops are planned as part of RIDOT’s planned Providence Multi-Hub Bus System. / PBN FILE PHOTO/ELIZABETH GRAHAM

RIDOT taps brakes on bus hub plan

After insisting for months that the proposal to split up the Kennedy Plaza bus hub had already received adequate vetting and opportunity for public...

Cities join forces to combat ATVs

Many lawmakers, business owners and residents are upset about the increasing appearance of loud, illegal all-terrain vehicles on streets around Greater Providence, but authorities...
THE STATE OF RHODE ISLAND is seeking to create a lottery system to grant six new licenses for medical-marijuana dispensaries by May 14. / AP FILE PHOTO

A lot is riding on cannabis license lottery

With Rhode Island poised to issue licenses for six new cannabis dispensaries, some applicants say the selection process will hamper the chances of experienced...

Many businesses can’t meet new PPP guidelines

The newly reopened Paycheck Protection Program sought to eliminate logistical hurdles and overly restrictive rules from its prior iteration, but some say it’s still...

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