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THERE WILL BE two hours of free parking in designated commercial districts throughout Providence every day from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. beginning Friday, Nov. 24 through Monday, Jan. 1, 2018, Mayor Jorge O. Elorza announced. / COURTESY CITY OF PROVIDENCE

Elorza announces free holiday parking for shoppers

PROVIDENCE – Mayor Jorge O. Elorza Wednesday announced free holiday parking for Small Business Saturday in select areas of the city. The announcement came in...
MAYOR JORGE O. ELORZA announced the relaunch of Design Catalyst, a program created to spur growth in design-driven small businesses in Rhode Island. / PBN FILE PHOTO/STEPHANIE ALVAREZ EWENS

Elorza announces relaunch of design-based small-business grant program

PROVIDENCE – The Design Catalyst program will be relaunched this year, Mayor Jorge O. Elorza announced Monday. The program will provide qualifying businesses with $90,000...

Five Questions With Melissa Malone

Melissa Malone | Chief operating officer, Providence 1. You have an extensive background in government finance. How does that translate to your current position? My...
THE INTERNATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF FIRE FIGHTERS LOCAL 799 has reached an agreement with the city of Providence for $5.9 million to settle arbitration and unfair labor practices issues. / COURTESY PROVIDENCE FIREFIGHTERS IAFF LOCAL 799

Providence reaches $5.9M agreement with firefighter’s union

PROVIDENCE – Providence has reached a $5.9 million resolution with the International Association of Fire Fighters Local 799, the city announced Friday. “I am pleased...
BARBARA FIELDS, executive director of Rhode Island Housing, announced the renewal of its "First Down" program, which provides down payment assistance to first-time homebuyers. / COURTESY RHODE ISLAND HOUSING

R.I. Housing renews ‘First Down’ program

PROVIDENCE - Rhode Island Housing announced the return of the “First Down” program along with Providence Mayor Jorge O. Elorza and Warwick Mayor Scott...
JUAN M. PICHARDO, left, during a Providence Board of Licenses meeting in 2016. Pichardo resigned from the board on Nov. 2. To his right are Luis Peralta and Johanna Harris. / PBN FILE PHOTO/ MICHAEL SALERNO

Pichardo resigns from Providence Board of Licenses

PROVIDENCE – Juan M. Pichardo verbally resigned from his position on the Providence Board of Licenses at the end of Thursday's board meeting. Pichardo had...
PROVIDENCE MAYOR JORGE O. ELORZA and state officials have announced a Real Jobs Rhode Island partnership designed to train city residents in the health care and social service sectors. The program is supported by a $300,000 grant from the state Department of Labor and Training. / PBN FILE PHOTO/STEPHANIE ALVAREZ EWENS

Providence launches PVD Healthworks to boost health care, social assistance workforce

PROVIDENCE – Providence Mayor Jorge O. Elorza and the city’s Economic Opportunity Director Brian Hull met with state officials and health industry representatives Friday...

Providence reports $10.2M operating surplus for FY17

PROVIDENCE – The city has reported its second consecutive operating surplus, a $10.2 million amount that will allow it to create a true rainy...
THE PROVIDENCE POLICE Department is implementing body-worn cameras in the next eight to 12 weeks. / COURTESY PROVIDENCE POLICE DEPARTMENT

PPD to use body cameras

PROVIDENCE – The Providence Police Department will begin using body-worn cameras for all officers on patrol, the department announced Wednesday. Officers will be training with...
PROVIDENCE MAYOR JORGE O. ELORZA announced that a public picnic will be held this Saturday to collect input from residents on the Woonasquatucket River corridor redevelopment process. / PBN FILE PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Community-input picnic planned for Woonasquatucket redevelopment project

PROVIDENCE – A community-input planning process for the redevelopment of brownfield sites in Providence along the Woonasquatucket River corridor will begin on Saturday, the...

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