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City commercial real estate on the rebound

It has been a long time coming, but the Downtown Providence office market vacancy rate has dropped below 10 percent (with one very large...

How to tell if corporate tax reform is working

It’s still too early for a definitive verdict on whether last year’s corporate tax reforms have led to an increase in business investment. But...
STEADY GROWTH: Rick Cohn organized the Rhode Island Real Estate Investor Group in 2003. It meets monthly and has 200 members. The group is structured to provide networking and information for real estate investors on topics of interest, including the upcoming tax law changes.
 / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Investor groups grow with rising market

Investment groups seeking new members are attracting would-be entrepreneurs and investors to meetings around Rhode Island. Some are informal, formed among friends or co-workers. Others...

Affordable housing a must-have for R.I.

Even as Providence attracts high-end investments, the region needs broad-based advances, too. From new housing units to a brand-new food market, the city is drawing...
THE R.I. COMMERCE CORP. board of directors will consider $399,330 in Innovation Vouchers and $225,000 in Network Matching Grants. Above, Jesse Saglio, president of Commerce RI. / PBN FILE PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Commerce RI board approves $399K in innovation vouchers

PROVIDENCE – The R.I. Commerce Corp. met Thursday afternoon and approved Innovation Vouchers for eight companies and Network Matching Grants for two companies. Commerce RI...

How public pensions can start healing

Public pension funds need help. Rather than offer specific investment recommendations, I am going to make some suggestions to help them think about what...
DO DEVELOPERS NEED HELPING HAND? Former Providence Mayor Joseph R. Paolino Jr. has taken advantage of tax-sta-bilization agreements to redevelop a number of city properties, including the more than 150-year-old Case-Mead Building. Without such incentives, Paolino said the city is “behind the eight-ball” when it comes to development. But some challenge the need for the tax breaks. / PBN FILE PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Providence TSA update needed to increase investment

For years Providence has had a justly earned reputation as one of the most difficult cities in which to develop real estate. Between costs,...
THE SENATE COULD VOTE on the GOP's new tax bill as soon as Thursday. / BLOOMBERG FILE PHOTO/ANDREW HARRER

Will the tax system overhaul proposed by the U.S. Senate have...

As conferees from the U.S. House and Senate try to reconcile their two competing tax overhaul proposals, there is time to consider what the...

Milestone Recognition

Jared R. Neirinckx, Vice President of Sales and Marketing for Rhode Island’s fastest growing full-service Firearms retailer, has just helped his organization achieve a...

A warning sign for the economy?

Many economists and pundits take it on faith that weak business investment is a bad thing. It’s well-known that over the course of the...
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