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PRODUCT TEST: Amanda Jamieson, left, assistant professor of molecular microbiology and immunology at Brown University, holds plaque assays of GC Ink, a graphene ink developed by Graphene Composites USA Inc. that is believed to kill viruses when applied to surfaces. Brown researchers, including Delia Demers, center, and Meredith Crane, are testing the product thanks to a grant GC received from the R.I. Commerce Corp.’s Innovation Voucher Program. / COURTESY GREG SERPA

Where is Commerce headed? McKee may give R.I. agency new direction...

Amid the upheaval of the COVID-19 pandemic last June, Daniel J. McKee appeared frustrated. McKee, then Rhode Island’s lieutenant governor, took the unusual step of...

Raimondo: Small-business relief is coming, but not for another few weeks

PROVIDENCE – After nearly a month and a half of public pressure on Gov. Gina M. Raimondo to use federal CARES Act funds to...
REBUILD READY: From left, Mark Van Noppen, CEO of RCG Armory LLC, architect Jack Ryan and Seth Zeren, principal of RCG Armory, stand in the room of a former nursing home at 31 Parade St. in Providence. Armory purchased the building a few years ago and will use Rebuild Rhode Island tax credits to turn it into 12 apartments. / PBN PHOTO/RUPERT WHITELEY

Raimondo reengineered Commerce RI, but its true test may be yet...

Few would dispute that Rhode Island is in better shape economically than it was five years ago when Gov. Gina M. Raimondo began her...

How the GA-backed investment fund works

This is how the Small Business Development Fund, as approved by the General Assembly, would work: The state would issue up to $42 million in...
GOV. GINA M. RAIMONDO sharply criticized the Small Business Development Fund, an investment program created by the General Assembly in 2019. / PBN FILE PHOTO/DAVE HANSEN

Raimondo criticizes General Assembly’s small-business program

PROVIDENCE – Gov. Gina M. Raimondo didn’t veto the state 2020 fiscal budget over the General Assembly’s insertion of a new tax credit program...
SEN. WILLIAM CONLEY, pictured wearing a gray suite, was a key proponent for creating a Small Business Development Fund as part of the fiscal 2020 state budget. / PBN FILE PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

General Assembly approves its own business incentive program

PROVIDENCE – Rhode Island lawmakers have inserted a new business incentive program into the state budget that would create a fund for private capital...

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