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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...

McKee unveils small-business-relief grant program

PROVIDENCE – Gov. Daniel J. McKee on Monday announced the details of a program designed to aid struggling small businesses by providing those that...

R.I. Commerce establishing small-business-assistance grant program

PROVIDENCE – The R.I. Commerce Corp. is establishing a small-business-assistance grant program to serve as infrastructure for distributing up to $5,000 grants to Rhode...

R.I. Commerce looking to hire tourism leader

PROVIDENCE – The R.I. Commerce Corp. board unanimously approved the hiring of an executive search firm to fill "executive positions within the corporation," including its...
LARGE-SCALE EVENTS, such as the Newport Folk Festival, pictured, could help the city of Newport have a brighter summer after the COVID-19 pandemic significantly hampered the city's economy last year. / COURTESY DOUG MASON

Newport sees brighter summer with large-scale events returning

NEWPORT – During the state’s March 18 COVID-19 press conference, R.I. Commerce Corp. Secretary Stefan Pryor opened the door for large-scale events to occur this...

Is R.I. Commerce Corp. well-positioned to help the state climb out...

Gov. Gina M. Raimondo says the economic-development initiatives she helped develop through R.I. Commerce Corp. over the past six years have been so successful,...

R.I. to increase capacity limits for weddings, catered events, gyms and...

PROVIDENCE – Catered events, including weddings, will have more flexibility to add people starting Friday, according to the R.I. Department of Health. The relaxation...

Commerce committee recommends $46M in public financing, tax credits for Pawtucket...

PAWTUCKET – The R.I. Commerce Corp. Investment Committee has thrown its support behind public financing for the mixed-use Tidewater Landing project proposed for downtown...
SAFETY FIRST: A waiter serves diners during an “Al Fresco on the Hill” event on Atwells Avenue in Providence. Restaurateurs say stressed staffers are playing the role of enforcers of mask guidelines while keeping an eye out for state inspectors.  / COURTESY FEDERAL HILL COMMERCE ASSOCIATION

R.I. restaurants will no longer operate under curfew, but relaxation doesn’t...

PROVIDENCE – Restaurants that have been required to close early for more than two months because of the ongoing pandemic will be freed of...

McKee: Future of R.I. Commerce chief uncertain

PROVIDENCE – Lt. Gov. Daniel J. McKee, the incoming governor, indicated on Tuesday that while he supports R.I. Commerce Corp.'s pre-pandemic efforts to attract...

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