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THURSDAY, at the North Kingstown Chamber of Commerce, Gov. Gina M. Raimondo and other business community leaders announced WindWinRI. A $100,000 Real Jobs Rhode Island grant, the program is designed to build a workforce pipeline for the wind energy industry among today's high schoolers. BLOOMBERG FILE PHOTO/ERIC THAYER

Governor, Real Jobs RI promote R.I. as home to next-gen wind...

NORTH KINGSTOWN – As offshore wind farms begin to pop up along the Eastern Seaboard, Rhode Island – home to the first such alternative...

There are a host of candidates for the state’s top job....

All the major candidates running for governor will point to their professional record and say they have the experience to lead the state. But...
THE HOUSE APPROVED A $9.6 BILLION fiscal 2019 budget on Friday. / PBN FILE PHOTO/NICOLE DOTZENROD

House-passed budget outlines revenue-sharing from sports betting

PROVIDENCE — The House late Friday approved a $9.6 billion budget that continues a car-tax phaseout and outlines how revenue from newly authorized sports...
FIRST INTERN: Johanna Bravo finished the 2-month-old Southeastern New England Defense Industry Alliance internship program for veterans and was the first intern to be placed through the program. Displayed are some of her photos from service in the U.S. Army and R.I. National Guard. / PBN PHOTO/­MICHAEL SALERNO

SENEDIA boosting opportunities for vets

A U.S. Army and R.I. National Guard veteran, Johanna Bravo is now the senior logistician at Purvis Systems in Middletown thanks to a match...
SKILLS BUILDER: Suzannah MacDonald, left, a fine gardener at Wild & Scenic in South Kingstown, jumped at the chance to participate in the Rhode Island Nursery and Landscape Association’s apprenticeship program to hone her skills. MacDonald is working with Wild & Scenic owner Meg Gallagher.  / PBN PHOTO/KATE WHITNEY LUCEY

PBN on WJAR-TV, May 14, 2018

Every week, PBN Editor Mark S. Murphy appears on WJAR-TV NBC 10’s Coffee Break to discuss the newspaper’s most recent cover story and other...
SKILLS BUILDER: Suzannah MacDonald, left, a fine gardener at Wild & Scenic in South Kingstown, jumped at the chance to participate in the Rhode Island Nursery and Landscape Association’s apprenticeship program to hone her skills. MacDonald is working with Wild & Scenic owner Meg Gallagher.  / PBN PHOTO/KATE WHITNEY LUCEY

Still recovering from recession, R.I.’s ‘green-collar’ sector sees hope in an...

When offered a spot in the Rhode Island Nursery and Landscape Association’s apprenticeship program, Suzannah MacDonald was so excited she blurted out “yes, done”...
PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO / BUILDING SKILLS: The Dean Hotel in Providence recently enrolled some of its employees in a Core Skills Partnership program funded by a Real Pathways Rhode Island grant from the Governor’s Workforce Board. From left, Aarin Clemons, general manager; Hector Melendez, lead houseman; and Janet Norena, room attendant.

Bespoke workforce-development sessions satisfy employers, for now

For Aarin Clemons, managing downtown Providence’s The Dean Hotel – what he called “a hotel for Providence by Providence” – means employing people of...

Leave UI fund alone, fund Real Jobs RI

Good intentions do not transform bad choices into good ones. Exhibit A now on display is the Raimondo administration’s proposal to take money from...
IN THE CLASSROOM: Steven H. Kitchin, left, New England Institute of Technology vice president for corporate education and training, speaks with Kaleb Buffum, a student in the Shipbuilding Advanced Manufacturing Institute program, while instructor Wayne Farmer looks on at the facility on Post Road in Warwick. / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Healthy R.I. manufacturing industry driven by military defense, textiles

Since his start as Polaris MEP center director four years ago, Christian Cowan has watched the state’s manufacturing industry blossom. So much so, he...

Pointing way to better workforce

PBN’s inaugural Workforce Development Summit delivered a strong message: private industry, educators and government must communicate in a much more consistent and robust way...
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