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R.I. COMMERCE SECRETARY Elizabeth M. Tanner, second from left, discusses the state's economic picture at Providence Business News' Economic Trends Summit on Wednesday morning at the Providence Marriott. Also participating in the panel discussion is, from left, William C. Tsonos, Bank Rhode Island CEO and president; Thomas Sweeney, owner and principal of Sweeney Real Estate & Appraisal; Marianne Raimondo, dean of the Rhode Island College School of Business; and Kristen Adamo, president of the Providence Warwick Convention & Visitors Bureau. The discussion was moderated by PBN Editor Michael Mello, far right. / PBN PHOTO/MIKE SKORSKI

PBN summit: A soft landing for economy that’s still ‘fragile underneath’

PROVIDENCE – The likelihood of a recession, once thought inevitable, will be forestalled or fail to materialize, at least within the next 12 to...

License revoked for inspector who OK’d Harborside Inn’s fire suppression system

NEW SHOREHAM – The inspector who signed off on Harborside Inn’s fire suppression system has had his license revoked by the state, WPRI-TV CBS...
MORE EFFORT NEEDED: Rhode Island needs better infrastructure, more housing and more effort to foster emerging industries, according to panelists at Providence Business News’ Economic Trends Summit on Jan. 26, which included from left: keynote speaker Thomas Tzitzouris, head of fixed income research at New York City-based Strategas Research Partners; Karl Wadensten, CEO and president of VIBCO Inc.; Peter Phillips, chief investment officer at Washington Trust Wealth Management; Julietta Georgakis, chief of staff for the R.I. Executive Office of Commerce; and Kevin Casey, vice president of sales at Sweeney Real Estate & Appraisal.
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PBN summit: With recession looming, R.I. economy faces big test

The predicted downturn in 2023 will test Rhode Island’s business owners in a state that has yet to adequately prepare its labor force with...
KARL WADENSTEN, second from left, CEO and president of VIBCO Inc., makes a point during the panel discussion at Providence Business News' 2023 Economic Trends Summit in Providence on Thursday. Also on the panel is, from left, Thomas Tzitouris, head of fixed income research at Stratgas; Peter R. Phillips, senior vice president and chief investment officer at Washington Trust Wealth Management; Julietta Georgakis, chief of staff for the R.I. Executive Office of Commerce; and Kevin Casey, vice president of sales at Sweeney Real Estate & Appraisal. At far right is PBN Editor Michael Mello, the moderator. / PBN PHOTO/MIKE SKORSKI

PBN summit panel: Economic indicators say recession coming in 2023

PROVIDENCE – In many ways, the party is over. At least that's the way the panelists at Providence Business News’ Economic Trends Summit on Thursday...
JOYFUL ENDEAVOR: Providence College President the Rev. Kenneth R. Sicard remembers being impressed with the Dominican friars when he was a PC student. It drew him to their community.  / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

PC president looks to market Friars’ brand on national level

(Editor’s note: This is the first installment in an occasional series of interviews with the state’s new wave of higher education leaders.) The Rev. Kenneth...
WORK SITE: Amy Grzybowski, future director of a planned higher education center in northern Rhode ­Island, visits the building in downtown Woonsocket that will be converted into the center by late 2021 or early 2022. / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Downtown Woonsocket getting a higher ed boost

The workforce in southern Rhode Island got a helping hand in getting crucial training when the state opened the Westerly Education Center four years...

Get started fixing R.I.’s housing problem

When it comes to addressing Rhode Island’s housing crisis, there’s good news and there’s bad news. In March, Rhode Islanders got two good pieces of...
THE CLEAN ENERGY sector employed 16,021 in 2018. / COURTESY BW RESEARCH PARTNERS

Report: Clean energy sector employs more than 16K in 2019

PROVIDENCE – The clean-energy sector in Rhode Island employed 16,021 at the beginning of 2019, according to the 2019 Clean Energy Industry Report released...
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Five Questions With Elizabeth M. Tanner

Elizabeth M. Tanner | Director of business regulation, R.I. Executive Office of Commerce 1. What have been your biggest successes since your appointment as director...
TRAFFIC BOOST: The Rhode Island Foundation, which launched online directory Buy Local Rhode Island, above, in 2014, says holiday-shopping traffic increased in 2017.  / COURTESY RHODE ISLAND FOUNDATION

Web tools boosting small businesses

Three years ago, the Rhode Island Foundation’s Jessica David identified a void in the local shopping scene – there was no central platform connecting...
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