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Pawtucket company tapped to modernize state’s voter-registration system

PROVIDENCE – Secretary of State Nellie M. Gorbea has announced the next step toward a new central voter registration system in Rhode Island.A Pawtucket...

Too many contractors exploit workers

As a state with a lot of competing interests, Rhode Island knows that solving a problem means you’ve got to work together. Today, our...

Gorbea announces $100K for communities to bolster election security

PROVIDENCE – Secretary of State Nellie M. Gorbea announced May 13 the state will use $100,000 of the $3 million it received in grant...

Gorbea launches online data hub to help R.I. businesses

PROVIDENCE – Secretary of State Nellie M. Gorbea has launched the RI Business Data Hub, an interactive resource available to the public on the...
ON HOLD: Pictured is an artist’s rendering of planned permanent headquarters to house the state archives. The $52 million project has been stalled due to a lack of budget funds.
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Lack of funds preventing design and construction of new state archives...

For decades, Rhode Islanders have sought a permanent facility to house, preserve and exhibit the documents collected in the state archives.A July 1924 Providence...

Gorbea honored with 2018 New American Hero Award for election improvements

PROVIDENCE – Secretary of State Nellie M. Gorbea received the 2018 New American Hero Award for her work in improving access to the ballot...

Providence Promise college savings program celebrates milestone

PROVIDENCE – A college savings program for Providence public school students has reached enrollment of 250 students, officials said.The Providence Promise program, administered by...
SECRETARY OF STATE Nellie M. Gorbea announced the launch of a redesigned, more functional business assistance tool on her department's website as well as a new tool that allows users to search Rhode Island regulations online. / PBN FILE PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Gorbea revamps online business assistance tool, launches searchable regulation database

PROVIDENCE – Secretary of State Nellie M. Gorbea announced a business tool and revamped functionality for the state’s online business assistant Thursday.The office launched...
PROBLEM-SOLVERS: University of Rhode Island assistant professor of industrial and systems engineering Gretchen Macht and a team of student researchers are using a state grant this summer to design something that would improve voter wait times, using queuing theory and facilities layout. From left, URI graduate students in system engineering Nicholas Bernardo, of North Haven, Conn., and James Houghton, of Holtsville, N.Y.; Macht; and URI mechanical engineering junior Ahmad Siddiqi, of Lincoln.
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When opinions won’t solve the problem

Engineers are problem-solvers. But is there an engineering solution to long lines at the voting precincts? A professor of industrial and systems engineering at...

There’s a cost to preserving history. Is R.I. willing to pay...

Rhode Island’s state archives, which include pre-1650 artifacts, have sat in nondescript commercial office space in a Providence flood zone, lacking proper preservation technology,...
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