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SPENDING PRIORITIES: Yet again, the General Assembly seems to reject Gov. Gina M. Raimondo’s programs designed to grow Rhode Island’s economy, in this case through improved worker-training ­programs.
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Yet again, GA chooses spending over investment in R.I.’s future

It is clear what vision of Rhode Island the General Assembly has.Rather than slowing down the elimination of the state’s car tax, the fiscal...
STOREFRONTS: Journeyman glazer Michael Bennacchia of Chandler Architects works on the interior storefronts during renovation of the Empire Street wing of the Providence Public Library.
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Training at heart of PPL’s new mission

The Providence Public Library, the grand dame of Rhode Island’s public libraries, is just a shell of its former self … literally.Last fall the...
MAKING HER MARK: Kristin Urbach, executive director of the North Kingstown Chamber of Commerce, at the NORAD facility on Davisville Road in North Kingstown. NORAD is one of dozens of North Kingstown Chamber member manufacturers.
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Urbach connecting NK businesses to opportunity

Business Women Awards 2019 | HONOREE | Kristin Urbach, North Kingstown Chamber of CommerceKristin Urbach has been executive director of the North Kingstown Chamber of...
STRONG LEADER: Melissa D. Travis is the new president of the Rhode Island Society of Certified Public Accountants and the first woman to hold the position since the organization’s formation in 1905.   
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Travis blazing a trail by joining forces

Business Women Awards 2019 | HONOREE Melissa D. Travis, Rhode Island Society of Certified Public AccountantsMelissa D. Travis is breathing new life into the 2,100-member...

Program seeks to develop the next generation of CPAs

CRANSTON – The Rhode Island Society of Certified Public Accountants is launching a workforce-training program to help polish college students majoring in accounting and...
STRONG LEADER: Melissa D. Travis is the new president of the Rhode Island Society of Certified Public Accountants and the first woman to hold the position since the organization’s formation in 1905.   
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MICHAEL SALERNO

Travis blazing a trail by joining forces

Melissa D. Travis is breathing new life into the 2,100-member Rhode Island Society of Certified Public ­Accountants.The Cumberland native is president of one of...
TEACHING TOOL: Megan Cortesi and Jeremy Demers, students in the process technician program at the Westerly Education Center, use a teaching tool that mimics industrial systems in the handling of liquids.
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BRIAN MCDONALD

Managing ‘process’ a wanted skill

Process technician: The name doesn’t necessarily trigger an awareness or emotion among Rhode Island job seekers, but maybe it should.Employers are looking for them,...
GIVING VOICE: Dave Chenevert, executive director of the Rhode Island Manufacturers Association, has been busy advocating for companies at the Statehouse and beyond.
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RIMA’s Chenevert fixates on problem-solving in manufacturing sector

Dave Chenevert, Rhode Island Manufacturers Association Manufacturing Champion | 2019 Manufacturing AwardsIf there is one thing Dave Chenevert loves as much as solving problems...
CONFIDENCE WANING? Matt Fair, center, of Hayes & ­Sherry Real Estate Services, listens with colleagues during PBN’s first Economic Trends Summit in Providence on Feb. 15. Panelists said perennial concerns such as rising health care costs and uncertainty about changing federal policies are dampening optimism about an otherwise strong economy.
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Optimism tempered by uncertainty

Rhode Island’s economy is doing well, but a handful of perennial bugaboos, along with actions at the federal level, have dampened the business community’s...
GOV. GINA M RAIMONDO will propose a $30 million increase in school funding and expanded job training in a budget she will release later this week. / PBN FILE PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Raimondo proposes funding boost for education, job training; expansion of tuition-free...

PROVIDENCE – Gov. Gina M. Raimondo says she will propose a budget this week that boosts support for education and teacher training from pre-school through...
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