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RISD names Blumberg, Chaiken new board co-chairs

PROVIDENCE – Hillary Blumberg and Ilene Chaiken, a pair of Rhode Island School of Design alumnae, have been appointed to lead as co-chairs of...

RISD leases 20,000-square-foot office building in downtown Providence

PROVIDENCE – A 20,400-square-foot office and retail building in the heart of downtown Providence was recently leased by the Rhode Island School of Design,...
TIGHT WEAVE: Theresia Joseph works in the packaging and receiving department at Lotuff Leather, a handmade leather goods manufacturer in Providence that designs and sells bags, suitcases and other accessories.
PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Lotuff mastering art of the heirloom

(Editor’s note: This is the fourth installment in a monthly series highlighting some of the region’s unsung manufacturers that make products essential to the...
UNIONIZED CUSTODIANS, groundskeepers and movers at the Rhode Island School of Design have authorized a strike, Teamsters Local 251 says.

Teamsters at RISD authorize strike over wages, health care, retirement package

PROVIDENCE – The unionized custodians, groundskeepers and movers at the Rhode Island School of Design have authorized a strike, Teamsters Local 251 announced on...
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18th RISD president is practiced in art of social equity and...

Crystal Williams ­describes herself as a “faculty activist,” so it’s no surprise that Williams envisions the start of her tenure at the Rhode Island...
WHIMSICAL PRODUCTS: Katy Westscott, CEO of Katrinkles Inc. in Providence, which makes buttons and tools for crafters, goes over some of the company’s products with production technician Brandon Amorin.
PBN PHOTO/TRACY JENKINS

Katrinkles Inc. gets crafty about helping the environment

PBN Manufacturing Awards 2022 EXCELLENCE IN GREEN MANUFACTURING: Katrinkles Inc. BE THE CHANGE you want to see in the world, an axiom attributed to Gandhi, could also...

Historic Thomas Poynton Ives House sells for Providence record $5.5M

PROVIDENCE – The historic Thomas Poynton Ives House at 66 Power St. in the College Hill historic district has been sold for $5.5 million, making...
COLLABORATIVE EFFORT: From left, DESIGNxRI Executive Director Ellie Brown, Program and Events Manager Davin Samuels and marketing associate Rue Sakayama at the nonprofit’s Providence office. 
PBN PHOTO/RUPERT WHITELEY

DESIGNxRI builds an industry by design

PBN Innovative Companies 2022 NONPROFIT: DESIGNxRI DESIGN AND INNOVATION go hand in hand at DESIGNxRI. The Providence-based nonprofit creates economic development opportunities for Rhode Island designers,...
BROWN UNIVERSITY has been ranked No. 38 in Washington Monthly's annual 'Best Bang for the Buck' Northeast colleges list. / COURTESY BROWN UNIVERSITY

11 local colleges ranked in Washington Monthly’s annual ‘Best Bang for...

PROVIDENCE – Eleven local colleges, including nine within Rhode Island, were ranked among the best institutions in the U.S. on how they help less-than-wealthy...

Is the quality of local colleges recognized in annual rankings such...

Rhode Island higher education leaders naturally believe their schools are among the best in the nation. Annual rankings often do list some of the state's...
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