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COMMUNITY GROWTH: Tomás Ávila, associate director for the R.I. Division of Equity, Diversity and Inclusion, says that as of April 2022, minority-owned small-business enterprises have been awarded 15.3% of the dollar value of Rhode Island’s procurements or construction projects after not meeting the 10% mandate for years.
PBN PHOTO/DAVID HANSEN

New leadership, reorganization of state division has led to increased MBE...

PBN 2022 Diversity Equity & Inclusion Awards Government: R.I. Division of Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Upon being hired in August 2021 as the associate director...

MBE program sees record-high participation, but advocates still skeptical

PROVIDENCE – After again falling short of mandated minimums for contracts and purchases with women and minority-owned businesses in fiscal 2021, the state rebounded...

McKee adviser arrested in Vermont on felony charges

PROVIDENCE – A senior adviser to Gov. Daniel J. McKee is facing felony unlawful trespass and unlawful mischief charges in Vermont following his arrest...

R.I. launches online bid system weeks after Tufts missed submission deadline

PROVIDENCE – The pandemic forced people to figure out how to work, attend school and even host happy hours online. But the state has, until...
TWO STATE LEGISLATORS have introduced measures in the General Assembly that would allow Rhode Island to enter into agreements with other states that would prevent them from offering "corporate giveaways" to companies so they move across borders. / PBN FILE PHOTO/ARTISTIC IMAGES

Legislation on ‘no-poaching’ between states raises questions about enforcement

Two Rhode Island lawmakers are calling for a truce in the economic border war waged with tax incentives with neighboring states, but some authorities...
WILLEM VAN LANCKER'S new 'blue wave' design has been chosen as the winner of the RI State Plate Design Contest. / COURTESY R.I. DIVISION OF MOTOR VEHICLES

R.I. motorists will keep riding the ‘blue wave’

PROVIDENCE – The long-running “Blue Wave” Rhode Island state license plate design will be replaced by a new blue wave design. During a news conference...
THE R.I. OFFICE OF INNOVATION closed permanently last June without a public announcement except for a notice on its website. The office was created under Gov. Gina M. Raimondo in 2016. PBN FILE PHOTO/CASSIUS SHUMAN

Change in state leadership led to permanent closure of R.I. Office...

PROVIDENCE — A shift in state leadership hastened the closure of the R.I. Office of Innovation, according to state and former office employees who...

Legislators question McKee’s plan to fund $3K state worker bonuses with...

PROVIDENCE – The question of how to fund a $3,000 bonus for state union workers who are vaccinated against COVID-19 is at the center...
NEXT GEN: M&G Plumbing Supply Co. owner Richard Correia, left, speaks with stock clerk Alex Knowles. Correia is of Portuguese descent but sees no need to participate in the state Minority Business Enterprise program. His father, John, emigrated from the Azores and started in the business in the 1960s. / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

WHO IS A MINORITY? Some argue R.I. needs to reexamine groups...

John Correia’s thick Azorean accent made him an easy target when he immigrated to Rhode Island in 1963. He was called a “greenhorn” and accused...
NEARLY 23% OF THE $103.8 million in contracts and purchase orders the city of Providence awarded in fiscal year 2020 went to certified women and minority businesses. / PBN FILE PHOTO/CHRIS BERGENHEIM

City, state have differing outcomes on minority contracting goal

While the state continues to fall short of its requirements for contracting with minority and women-owned businesses, the city of Providence has, for the...
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