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R.I. unemployment rate declines to 5.2% in Sept.

PROVIDENCE – The unemployment rate in Rhode Island was 5.2% in September, a decline from 5.8% in August and 10.9% one year prior, the...
ONE OF TWO PANELS at the Providence Business News Fall 2021 Health Care Summit on Wednesday discuss the COVID-19 vaccine rollout and employer mandates. Clockwise from top left is Matt Reeber, partner at at Pannone Lopes Devereaux & O’Gara LLC; Thomas McCarthy, executive director of Rhode Island’s COVID-19 Response Team; Dr. Christopher Ottiano, medical director at Neighborhood Health Plan of Rhode Island; Lisa Abbott, Lifespan Corp. senior vice president for human resources and community affairs; Dr. Robert MacArthur, chief medical officer at Commonwealth Care Alliance; and moderator PBN Editor Michael Mello.

Summit: Outreach to employees reduces COVID-19 vaccine defiance

PROVIDENCE – Repeated employee outreach – including small group meetings, daily bulletins and even bringing in faith leaders and pregnancy specialists – has proven...

R.I. Foundation releases spending recommendations for ARPA funds

PROVIDENCE – Housing, behavioral health, workforce development and small business took top priority in the Rhode Island Foundation’s recommendations for spending the state’s American...
THE FAVORED SITE for a new state laboratory is Lot 3 of Parcel 25 in the I-195 Redevelopment District, a vacant 1.07-acre site at the corner of Richmond and Clifford streets, according to an R.I. Department of Health presentation. / COURTESY R.I. DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH

I-195 Redevelopment District’s Parcel 25 eyed for proposed, 5-story R.I. health...

PROVIDENCE – The R.I. Department of Health is gaining support for its proposal to build a 5-story building that would house a new state public health...

Elorza announces new small-business grant program using ARPA funds

PROVIDENCE - Mayor Jorge O. Elorza in a press conference on Friday announced the launch of a new city grant program for small businesses...
COURTESY BROWN UNIVERSITY

Endowments swell at Brown, other R.I. colleges

PROVIDENCE – As global financial markets boost college endowments around the country, Brown University saw an "extraordinary single-year return" of 51.5% for fiscal 2021,...

Helena B. Foulkes announces run for governor

PROVIDENCE - Former CVS Health Corp. executive Helena B. Foulkes, a Democrat, has announced her candidacy in Rhode Island's 2022 gubernatorial election. In a video...

Report: 30% of state critical infrastructure at risk of failing in...

PROVIDENCE – A major flood could render inoperable nearly one-third of Rhode Island's hospitals, wastewater treatment plants, ports and other critical infrastructure, simultaneously making...
A PROPOSED WAYLAND SQUARE mixed-use residential project is favoring bicycles instead of parking spaces, but the Providence City Plan Commission still has questions about the plans. / COURTESY PROVIDENCE CITY PLAN COMMISSION

Lack of parking at proposed projects stirring debate

More and more frequently, proposals for new apartment buildings in Providence are including less and less on-site parking, and that’s perfectly fine with some...
GOV. DANIEL J. MCKEE announced Thursday a proposed supplemental budget for the state to immediately spend approximately $100 million in American Rescue Plan Act funds. / AP FILE PHOTO/STEVEN SENNE

McKee submits budget amendment plan to spend over $100M of R.I.’s...

PROVIDENCE – Gov. Daniel J. McKee on Thursday outlined his plan to spend nearly 10% of the state's $1.1 billion in American Rescue Plan...

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