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ATTENDEES AND EXHIBITORS interact at a past Northeastern Retail Lumber Association expo hall at the R.I. Convention Center in Providence. Gov. Daniel J. McKee announced Thursday that the convention center, which has been closed since March 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic, is slated to reopen in August. / COURTESY NORTHEASTERN RETAIL LUMBER ASSOCIATION

Adamo: August Convention Center reopening will give state a boost

PROVIDENCE – Gov. Daniel J. McKee on Thursday announced that the R.I. Convention Center can reopen for business in August, about 17 months after it...

Tourism councils want state marketing leader with local knowledge

PROVIDENCE – Rhode Island’s tourism council leaders believe the state’s next chief marketing officer should be someone with local knowledge, marketing experience and a...

Bond between struggling restaurants, patrons endures

Blackie’s restaurant in Smithfield posted a farewell message last July that it was closing its doors for good due to COVID-19. On March 1,...
INTO THE FUTURE: Mark K. W. Gim, bottom left, The Washington Trust Co. president and chief operating officer, provides his outlook for the Rhode Island economy at PBN’s Economic Trends Summit on Feb. 18. Also participating in the virtual event were, clockwise from top left, Thomas Tzitzouris, director at Strategas Research Partners; PBN Editor Michael Mello; Alden Anderson Jr., CBRE/New England senior vice president and partner; and Kristen Adamo, Providence Warwick Convention & Visitors Bureau CEO and president.

The recipe for recovery? Depends on whom you ask

Point of view matters, perhaps now more than ever. Indeed, panelists at Providence Business News’ Economic Trends Summit on Feb. 18 painted very different pictures...
Bruce Newbury

Restaurant weeks make strong return

How does the restaurant industry recover from the economic effects of the pandemic? Of course, there are other industries that have been devastated, but...
MARK W. GIM, bottom left, The Washington Trust Co. president and chief operating officer, provides his outlook for the Rhode Island economy at PBN's Economic Trends Summit on Thursday morning. Also participating in the event was, clockwise from top left, Thomas Tzitzouris, director at Strategas Research Partners; PBN Editor Michael Mello; Alden Anderson Jr., CBRE/New England senior vice president and partner; and Kristen Adamo, Providence Warwick Convention & Visitors Bureau CEO and president.

PBN Economic Summit: Long-term crisis looms after stimulus runs out

PROVIDENCE – Fiscal stimulus and mass vaccinations should bring short-term economic relief, but a long-term crisis marked by structural unemployment, inflation and a bond...
LONG HAUL: 
A JetBlue Airways flight leaves from the main runway at T.F. Green Airport in Warwick. JetBlue’s operations resumed last summer after a brief suspension in the spring when the coronavirus 
hit the U.S. / PBN FILE PHOTO/
MICHAEL SALERNO

Clouded horizon: T.F. Green leader says recovery could take years

Constanza Rosas stepped out of T.F. Green Airport in mid-January, exhausted from a series of flights. She carried two suitcases, a bright-pink neck pillow...
LIGHTING THE LAMP: Barnaby Evans, founder and executive artistic director of WaterFire Providence, lights a luminaria as part of the “Beacon of Hope” display at the WaterFire Arts Center to honor those 
who lost their lives due 
to COVID-19. / COURTESY WATERFIRE PROVIDENCE/ELAINE FREDRICK

KEEPING THE FLAME ALIVE: WaterFire, other arts groups key to R.I....

WaterFire Providence entered 2020 with big plans. The nonprofit arts organization was preparing to mark the 25th anniversary since the first fires were lit on...
FIGHTING ON: Barnaby Evans, founder and executive artistic director of ­WaterFire Providence, says the nonprofit will survive the pandemic. He’s pictured in front of a stage erected in a parking lot for an outdoor play.  / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

We’re all invested in fight to keep tourism, arts alive

Amid the plight of those struggling daily to pay for food or rent or dealing with the devastating loss of someone to COVID-19, the...
LOCAL REGIONAL TOURISM districts, the Rhode Island Foundation and BankNewport have partnered to relaunch the BuyLocalRI campaign and website. Above, a screenshot of BuyLocalRI.org.

Tourism districts, RIF and BankNewport to relaunch ‘Buy Local RI’ campaign

PROVIDENCE – Rhode Island’s tourism districts have joined with the Rhode Island Foundation and BankNewport to receive the foundation’s “Buy Local RI” campaign, the...

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