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ELIZABETH M. TANNER, who has been the R.I. Department of Business Regulation's director since 2017, has been appointed as the state's new commerce secretary. /PBN FILE PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

DBR Director Tanner named new R.I. commerce secretary

PROVIDENCE – The director of the R.I. Department of Business Regulation will shift over to R.I. Commerce Corp. to serve as the state’s new...
A NEW R.I. COMMERCE secretary is expected to be announced June 27.

New R.I. commerce secretary to be announced June 27

PROVIDENCE – A new state secretary of commerce is expected to be announced by Gov. Daniel J. McKee on June 27, McKee spokesperson Matt...
STEFAN PRYOR will resign as R.I. Commerce Corp. secretary on June 21. / PBN FILE PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Pryor to resign from R.I. Commerce on June 21

PROVIDENCE – Stefan Pryor’s time as the state’s commerce secretary is nearing completion. Pryor, who has served as Rhode Island’s first secretary for R.I. Commerce...
DR. TIMOTHY J. BABINEAU, former CEO and president of Lifespan Corp., officially resigned on May 31 but will stay on as a consultant until September. Babineau is one of numerous people who have said they'll be leaving high-profile positions in Rhode Island over the next year. / PBN FILE PHOTO/MIKE SKORSKI

Can R.I. weather the exit of so many leaders?

A wave of recent retirement and resignation announcements from top executives leaves the state facing a potential leadership gap in some of its most...
RECOVERY MODE: R.I. Department of Health Interim Director Dr. James McDonald, left, talks about the health care industry’s workforce woes at the PBN Health Care Summit on April 6. Also on the panel are, from left, Dr. Claire Levesque, chief medical officer for commercial products at Point32Health; Dr. Raymond O. Powrie, Care New England Health System executive chief of medicine; Dr. Matt Collins, chief medical officer and executive vice president at Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Rhode Island; and Dr. Timothy J. Babineau, Lifespan Corp. CEO and president. PBN Editor Michael Mello, standing, moderates. / PBN PHOTO/MIKE SKORSKI

Is Rhode Island facing a leadership “brain drain” amid a wave...

On June 2, the state said its interim health director, Dr. James McDonald, will be leaving the department next month. The announcement is the...
R.I. COMMERCE SECRETARY Stefan Pryor announced on Tuesday, May 24, 2022, that he is running for the Rhode Island Office of the General Treasurer. Pryor, a Democrat from Providence, served for seven years as Rhode Island's secretary of commerce. / PBN FILE PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Pryor announces campaign for R.I. treasurer

PROVIDENCE – After serving as the state's first commerce secretary since 2015, Stefan Pryor is joining the race for the Rhode Island Office of...

R.I. Ready program announces first 4 sites for industrial development

NORTH KINGSTOWN – Four industrial sites are set to host new or scaled-up businesses after receiving approval from the Rhode Island Ready program, the...
NEW LIFE? After sitting vacant for nine years, Providence’s “Superman” building would be revived for residential and other uses under a $220 million plan that still needs some city ­approvals. / PBN FILE PHOTO/CHRIS BERGENHEIM

Do you support the $220 million, mixed-use ‘Superman’ building renovation plan?

After six months of negotiations, state leaders on April 12 unveiled a $220 million plan to turn Providence’s iconic “Superman” building into apartments, office,...
NEW LIFE? After sitting vacant for nine years, Providence’s “Superman” building would be revived for residential and other uses under a $220 million plan that still needs some city ­approvals. / PBN FILE PHOTO/CHRIS BERGENHEIM

Saving ‘Superman’ part of bold post-COVID vision

It was a scene reminiscent of a 2003 gathering in the governor’s office that was then occupied by Republican Donald L. Carcieri. At that...
THE RHODE ISLAND FOUNDATION and R.I. Commerce Corp. released Friday a study on how the state's number of minority-owned businesses is still lagging behind the national average, and recommendations on how to address the issue. / COURTESY RHODE ISLAND FOUNDATION

R.I. Foundation study: Minority-owned businesses still lacking in state

PROVIDENCE – While the minority population in Rhode Island is increasing, the number of minority-owned businesses in the Ocean State still lag behind the...
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