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City Council approves tax deal for Providence hotel

PROVIDENCE – The City Council on Thursday approved a $2.7 million tax break for a developer planning to turn two vacant downtown buildings into...
COUNCIL BYPASS: A Providence City Council finance panel’s recent vote to effectively block a $39 million project from getting to the full council suggests it is time such projects be allowed to follow an administrative, rather than political, approval process.

City must stop throwing roadblocks in front of worthy developers

Despite all the talk about making Providence more hospitable for developers, some city officials continue to throw roadblocks in front of worthy projects. The latest...

BankNewport buys naming rights to Providence’s downtown ice rink

PROVIDENCE – BankNewport paid $275,000 for a five-year contract to purchase the naming rights of the city’s downtown ice rink. The former Alex &...
PROVIDENCE IS PROJECTING an $8.5 million operating surplus for fiscal 2019, pending a third party audit. / PBN FILE PHOTO/CHRIS BERGENHEIM

Providence expects $8.5M operating surplus for FY19

PROVIDENCE – The city is expecting an $8.5 million operating surplus for fiscal 2019, pending an external audit, Mayor Jorge O. Elorza said on...
PROVIDENCE MAYOR Jorge O. Elorza has announced the return of the #ThinkPVD campaign for 2019. / PBN FILE PHOTO/STEPHANIE ALVAREZ EWENS

Elorza announces return of #ThinkPVD campaign

PROVIDENCE – Mayor Jorge O. Elorza on Tuesday announced the launch of the city’s fifth annual #ThinkPVD campaign, which will offer free two-hour parking...

Are you glad to see rentable electric scooters back in Providence?

Rentable electric scooters are again popping in small groups around downtown Providence and other parts of the city. Two companies have been permitted by the...

Mutual of America opens regional office in Providence

PROVIDENCE – Mutual of America Financial Group, which specializes in retirement plans and investments, last week officially announced the opening of its new regional...

Electric scooters return to Providence

PROVIDENCE – Electric scooters, rentable for public use, began reappearing in Providence on Monday. Spin Inc., a subsidiary of Ford Motor Co., began dropping off...
PROVIDENCE HAS RELEASED a comprehensive climate justice plan that sets goals for the city to reduce pollution and improve climate resiliency via equitable and community-engaged processes. / COURTESY CITY OF PROVIDENCE

Providence releases climate justice plan

PROVIDENCE – Mayor Jorge O. Elorza released a Climate Justice Plan Friday in collaboration with the Providence Office of Sustainability and members of the...
TAKING OVER: R.I. Education Commissioner Angélica Infante-Green wants to boost partnerships with local businesses to help improve Providence’s beleaguered public schools. Seated next to her is Mayor Jorge O. Elorza. / PBN FILE PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Take the opportunity with city schools to boost future workforce

Providence public schools will undoubtedly function better and produce better-educated students five years from now, the soonest a planned state takeover will end. But...

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