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ARPA funding, education and employer needs among priorities at legislative forum

PROVIDENCE – Universal preschool, meeting business and workforce needs, and how Rhode Island should respond to other pandemic and climate change challenges were highlighted...
THE R.I. DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION would like to add a second platform and new track for an Amtrak stop at Rhode Island T.F. Green International Airport, but not everyone agrees that spending $247 million on it is wise. / PBN FILE PHOTO

Proposed $247M Amtrak station at Warwick airport draws mixed reaction

A proposed Amtrak stop at Rhode Island T.F. Green International Airport has public transit advocates and members of the business community divided over whether...
UNEASY FEELING: While Therese Sloane, a store leader for Ocean State Job Lot in North Kingstown, has gotten several raises during her time there, she is seeing expenses such as gas and utilities increase. / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Economic forecast: Inflation putting squeeze on companies, workers

Daniel Shedd has always made it a point to offer competitive wages to the workers of his Warren manufacturing company, but what he used...

Treasury Secretary Yellen credits government stimulus programs for faster-than-expected recovery

PROVIDENCE – Six years and a devastating health and economic crisis separate U.S. Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen’s two addresses to the Greater Providence Chamber...

Hughes elected chair of the Greater Providence Chamber of Commerce

PROVIDENCE – Community College of Rhode Island President Meghan L. Hughes has been elected as chair of the board of directors for the Greater...
SUPPORT GROUP: Cranston Democrat Sen. Joshua Miller, left, and Senate Majority Leader Michael J. McCaffrey, right, introduced legislation last spring to legalize recreational marijuana, with the backing of Senate President Dominick J. Ruggerio, center. It passed the Senate but died in the House. / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

PLANTING THE SEED: Stakes are high as R.I. officials lay groundwork...

It’s really no longer a matter of “if” recreational use of marijuana will be legalized in Rhode Island. Now it’s more a question of...
CHANGING NEEDS: Laurie White, president of the Greater Providence Chamber of Commerce, says business grants should be targeted differently as challenges for businesses shift over the course of the COVID-19 pandemic. / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Pandemic relief programs still have aid available

Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, many businesses in the hard-hit arts and hospitality industries were forced to shutter. But drawing from state grant funding, Brooklyn...

New URI president discusses business and the blue economy during economic...

PROVIDENCE – The University of Rhode Island's Business Engagement Center and the blue economy's connection to the school's curriculum, outreach and research was at...

URI president Parlange to speak at Chamber’s Economic Outlook Forum

PROVIDENCE – Marc B. Parlange, the new University of Rhode Island president, will speak during the Greater Providence Chamber of Commerce’s annual Economic Outlook...

Tourists fuming over lack of rides

Ride-sharing services operating in Newport that decimated traditional taxi companies in recent years are now leaving tourists and residents waiting at the curb for...
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