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GOV. DANIEL J. MCKEE believes that Rhode Island's businesses and venues should be responsible for crafting their own COVID-19 safety precaution policies. The result is a piecemeal set of standards that varies from venue to venue, and sometimes even event to event at the same location./ COURTESY DUNKIN' DONUTS CENTER

Venues’ COVID-19 protocols vary as R.I. leaves rules largely up to...

PROVIDENCE – Gov. Daniel J. McKee says it is up to individual businesses and venues that are operating in the state to craft their...

Fitch, Moody’s offer strong ratings for $135M in state capital bonds

PROVIDENCE – Credit risk is low and bond quality is high for the $135 million in soon-to-be-sold state bonds for capital projects, according to...
DANIEL MCCONAGHY, executive director of the R.I. Convention Center Authority, says that while there is some more nervousness and dialogue being had regarding the delta variant, the authority is 'staying the course' with large events moving forward to taking place. / PBN FILE PHOTO/RUPERT WHITELEY

Convention organizers cautiously proceeding with large events

PROVIDENCE – Last weekend, construction officials and general contractors roamed exhibit halls at the R.I. Convention for the JLC Live convention, which featured conference...
Dan McConaghy was named executive director of the R.I. Convention Center Authority in March after an eight-month stint as deputy director of the R.I. Department of Administration. Prior to that, McConaghy worked in real estate and construction. / PBN PHOTO/RUPERT WHITELEY

Survive and advance

Daniel P. McConaghy | R.I. Convention Center Authority executive director There’s a popular phrase in the college basketball universe: Survive and advance. It’s about using the...

Excitement, confidence builds for event organizers as capacity restrictions ease

PROVIDENCE – As if recent announcements by state officials over the last couple of months outlining the return of large-scale events to Rhode Island...
ATTENDEES AND EXHIBITORS interact at a past Northeastern Retail Lumber Association expo hall at the R.I. Convention Center in Providence. Gov. Daniel J. McKee announced Thursday that the convention center, which has been closed since March 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic, is slated to reopen in August. / COURTESY NORTHEASTERN RETAIL LUMBER ASSOCIATION

Adamo: August Convention Center reopening will give state a boost

PROVIDENCE – Gov. Daniel J. McKee on Thursday announced that the R.I. Convention Center can reopen for business in August, about 17 months after it...

Most-read stories on, November 2020

1. Citizens to shutter 40 Stop & Shop branches in R.I., Mass. POSTED ONLINE: NOV. 17. Amid increased use of digital banking, Citizens Financial...
CRUCIAL CREATION: Dr. Pablo Rodriguez, medical director of community relations at Care New England Health System, says forming an independent committee to plan the state’s vaccine distribution will build trust in the process. / PBN PHOTO/ELIZABETH GRAHAM

Slow-spending R.I. has two months to disperse $900M in CARES Act...

Rhode Island officials rejoiced when they learned in March that the state would get a $1.25 billion slice of the federal coronavirus relief package....

Fitch affirms state credit risk and bond ratings, offers stable outlook

PROVIDENCE – Fitch Ratings recently affirmed the state’s existing credit risk and bond ratings and offered a stable rating outlook. The state’s Issuer Default Rating...

$58B airline bailout is troubling for T.F. Green Airport

T.F. Green Airport has become a ghost town during the coronavirus crisis, and the way the federal stimulus funding is being doled out could...

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