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RHODE ISLAND business leaders say the new recreational marijuana law provies enough protections for employers to create workplace drug policies suitable for their individual companies. PBN FILE PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Business community accepts R.I. cannabis act

After years of fighting against the legalization of recreational marijuana use, many Rhode Island business leaders say they’re now satisfied with parts of the...
A PROPOSED tax stabilization agreement between the city of Providence and the owners of the Industrial Trust Co. Building has already stirred a lot of debate before the details have been hammered out. / PBN FILE PHOTO/CHRIS BERGENHEIM

‘Superman’ building will test city’s new tax stabilization policies

Reforms to the policies governing tax deals that Providence offers to real estate developers will be put to the test on the city's most...
AT A SECOND public comment meeting on the proposed Lifespan Corp. and Care New England Health System merger, many participants voiced concerns that the integrated health system, which would include Brown University, would monopolize the state's health care.

Monopoly concerns dominate second Lifespan-CNE public comment meeting

PROVIDENCE – Throughout a two-hour meeting held on Wednesday on the proposed Lifespan Corp. and Care New England Health System merger, many attendees raised...
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CONSTRUCTION HAS BEEN PROMINENT over the last few years in Providence, and local officials had been giving developers tax breaks to spur further building...
PLENTY OF PROJECTS: Jonathan Yaghjian, left, project manager, and Kurtis Quinn, a carpenter apprentice with Cranston-based Pariseault Builders Inc., work on the Zeta Tau Alpha Sorority House on the University of Rhode Island campus in South Kingstown. While many businesses were forced to close their doors 
for much of 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Pariseault continued to work on a number of multimillion-dollar projects. / PBN PHOTO/ELIZABETH GRAHAM

Builders: Have work, will train

Although the COVID-19 pandemic kept many Rhode Islanders close to home for much of 2020, Pariseault Builders Inc. didn’t slow down. With construction deemed an...

Governor’s panel: Infrastructure investment needs sustainability

PROVIDENCE - Investing in the state's infrastructure and transportation projects requires a financial plan for maintaining their sustainability for the long-term, according to industry...

Providence Foundation voices concerns, asks for more time on city TSA...

PROVIDENCE – As the City Council prepares to take its second, and final, vote on more stringent requirements for developers whose projects receive city...
Michael Sabitoni / PBN PHOTO/ELIZABETH GRAHAM

Five Questions With: Michael Sabitoni

5Q: Michael Sabitoni | President, Rhode Island Building and Construction Trades Council | Chairman, Providence Rises Together Coalition 1. What is the Providence Rises Together...

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,...

Special election to decide fate of capital improvement projects

PROVIDENCE – Rhode Island’s voters have been tasked with deciding whether the state will spend $642 million on seven proposed capital improvement projects. The total...
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