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WORKING TOGETHER: Panelists discuss the ways government and businesses in Rhode Island can work hand in hand to increase access to funds and develop a larger talent pool for various industries during a virtual conversation moderated by PBN Editor Michael Mello, center, and Mark S. Murphy, top left. Clockwise from the top middle are: Eric M. Shorr, Michael E. McKelvy, Edward O. “Ned” Handy III, Marcela Betancur, Chris Parisi and Betty Robson.

Call to arms for government, businesses

On the occasion of Providence Business News’ 35th anniversary, six business and community leaders joined in a virtual discussion on Rhode Island’s economy –...
THE UNITED WAY of Rhode Island has awarded $4.5 million in grants to 72 local nonprofits to help stem racial inequality in the state.

United Way of R.I. awards $4.5M in grants to organizations promoting...

PROVIDENCE – As part of the United Way of Rhode Island’s five-year, $100 million plan to create transformative change in the Ocean State, the nonprofit...
THE RHODE ISLAND FOUNDATION, with the support of the Economic Progress Institute and the Rhode Island Public Expenditure Council, is launching a new initiative to develop recommendations on how the state can spend the federal stimulus it is expected to receive from the American Rescue Plan Act. / COURTESY RHODE ISLAND FOUNDATION

R.I. Foundation launches initiative to develop recommendations for state on stimulus...

PROVIDENCE – The Rhode Island Foundation announced Wednesday that, with the support of the Economic Progress Institute and the Rhode Island Public Expenditure Council,...

New Latino Policy Institute plan highlights inequities, calls for action

PROVIDENCE – A new plan unveiled by the Latino Policy Institute at Roger Williams University on Oct. 13 examines the inequities and barriers that...
DENIED: Elyse Farnsworth, owner of Arrow Salon in Providence, tried to apply through Bank of America for a Paycheck Protection Program loan but was turned down because she did not have a line of credit with the bank. / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Certain businesses left behind in dash for stimulus loans?

Elyse Farnsworth was eagerly awaiting the rollout of the U.S. Small Business Administration’s Paycheck Protection Program. The hair stylist and owner of Arrow Salon LLC...
ENVIRONMENTAL DIALOGUE: Rhode Island Center for the Book will host an environmental discussion based around Elizabeth Rush’s book, “Rising: Dispatches from the New American Shore,” on Jan. 26 at Save The Bay Center in Providence, pictured above. / courtesy Save The Bay INC.

Editor’s Choice: Reading across Rhode Island

EDITOR’S CHOICE Reading across Rhode Island RHODE ISLAND CENTER for the Book will kick off the 2020 statewide read, featuring “Rising: Dispatches from the New...

Five Questions With: Marcela Betancur

When the results of the 2018-2019 Rhode Island Comprehensive Assessment System were released last week, they showed that the overall performance of students in...
ON WEDNESDAY, Roger Williams University announced Marcela Betancur was named director of the Latino Policy Institute. Her tenure will begin Jan. 14. / COURTESY ROGER WILLIAMS UNIVERSITY

Betancur to lead Latino Policy Institute at RWU

PROVIDENCE -Marcela Betancur has been named director of the Latino Policy Institute at Roger Williams University, the school announced Wednesday. Betancur succeeds Gabriela Domenzain who left the...

Education, economic policy linked for gubernatorial candidates

By many measures, Rhode Island has long had a troubled education system. While most major gubernatorial candidates have at least paid lip service to...
LATINO POLICY DIRECTOR Gabriela Domenzain has stepped down from her position at the Roger Williams University entity. Above, Domenzain appearing on MSNBC. / PHOTO COURTESY ROGER WILLIAMS UNIVERSITY

Domenzain leaving RWU’s Latino Policy Institute

BRISTOL – Gabriela Domenzain is leaving the position of director of the Latino Policy Institute at Roger Williams University, effective immediately, the university announced...

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