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A shifting landscape

Has the business landscape for your company changed dramatically since the COVID-19 pandemic began? Yes: 75% No: 25% What has changed that impacts your business? (Select any...

A WORK IN PROGRESS: Can a $45M state job-training program meet...

Scott R. Jensen watched helplessly as the number of out-of-work Rhode Islanders soared when COVID-19 hit in March. For months, unemployment claims climbed higher. And...
BACK IN PRINT: PBN’s print issue is back! It was last published on March 20, when the state was in the midst of a near shutdown of its economy to help stop the spread of COVID 19.

Return of PBN print edition one more sign of state’s slow...

This week’s issue marks the return of PBN’s print edition, one more sign of Rhode Island’s slow comeback from March’s near economic shutdown to...
MR. CLEAN: Ben Pereira, extruder team leader, disinfects his extrusion touch screen at Cooley Group’s Pawtucket factory. / COURTESY COOLEY GROUP

Pandemic Diary: Waiting for test results is costly

(Editor’s note: This is the 15th installment in an occasional series on how Cooley Group is managing the COVID-19 pandemic, from the perspective of...

Pandemic survival

Has your company significantly modified its operation during the pandemic? Yes: 78% No: 22% What changes have you made to your organization that were needed to continue...

Should state aid to Rhode Island’s three public colleges be increased...

All three of Rhode Island’s state colleges are expecting enrollment declines for the upcoming fall semester, due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. The Community College...
COLLABORATORS: Terry Thompson, left, extruder setup, and Mike Funderburk, master mechanic, team up to perform predictive maintenance on an extruder die at Cooley Group’s Pawtucket facility. / COURTESY COOLEY GROUP

Pandemic Diary: A respite from ongoing challenges

(Editor’s note: This is the 14th installment in a periodic series on how Cooley Group is managing the COVID-19 pandemic, from the perspective of...
THE "TAKE IT OUTSIDE" campaign will encourage more outside business-related activities during the coronavirus pandemic, according to Gov. Gina M. Raimondo. / COURTESY CAPITOL TV

“Take it Outside” campaign will push for more street closures, Wi-Fi...

PROVIDENCE – Gov. Gina M. Raimondo is preparing to launch a new campaign to encourage the closure of more streets in Rhode Island for...

Learning from past crises

Has your company applied any lessons from the past that have helped it operate amid the pandemic? Yes: 100% No: 0% What examples have you referenced to...
EMPTY SEATS: Yoleni’s co-owner John Philippides, left, and marketing manager Danny Willis say their business and many others in downtown Providence are dependent on college students returning to the city this month and next.  / PBN FILE PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Helping Providence’s downtown is boost for the entire state

Providence is the engine that drives Rhode Island’s economy. And the downtown is the capital city’s heartbeat. It’s been that way since a transformation that...

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