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WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT: Mari Anne Snow is the president and founder of Sophaya. The company provides leadership training for executives and companies that have remote employees.  
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Sophaya training remote workers

Any number of companies can help a small or large business with technology needs. But a business that helps them manage the employees working...
READY FOR LED Nearly half of Rhode Island’s 39 cities and towns have completed a purchase program that allows them to own the streetlights lining their roads and switch them to LED fixtures. Another 15 communities have begun the process of purchasing streetlights from National Grid. / SOURCE: RHODE ISLAND LEAGUE OF CITIES AND TOWNS

Municipalities saving with LED streetlights

A mid-December status report from the Rhode Island League of Cities and Towns shows nearly half of the state’s communities have purchased their streetlights...
SURVEILLANCE TECH: Joe Janson, founder, owner and CEO of NVTS Night Vision Technology Solutions in Jamestown, in his design and integration testing lab with components to be integrated into a large camera system.
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NVTS has vision for problem-solving

Specialized cameras that integrate seamlessly with technology and provide secure services for the military and commercial customers are the business of NVTS Night Vision...

Coming to Rhode Island?

What size businesses are most needed in Rhode Island? Any-sized businesses: 53.9% Midsized businesses: 46.1% Small businesses: 0% Large corporations: 0% Which industries are most needed in Rhode Island?...
TECH INCUBATOR: Innovate Newport Director of Entrepreneurship and Innovation Tuni Schartner gives a tour of the former Sheffield School on Broadway in Newport, which will serve as the location of Innovate Newport. The business incubator will house small companies, startups and entrepreneurs in the fields of marine and environmental technology, cybersecurity and renewable energy.
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Can a new business incubator keep a bigger slice of Navy...

For years, community leaders in Newport have watched as the nearby Naval ­Undersea Warfare Center has farmed out billions of dollars in contracts to...
supporting others: Young Family Farm co-owners Karla and Tyler Young.
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Five Questions With Tyler Young

5Q: Tyler Young | Co-owner, Young Family Farm (Editor’s note: This is a condensed version of a story that was originally published online Aug. 3.) 1....

Venture capital needs geographic diversity

The U.S. high-technology industry looks like it may be too concentrated. One sign of this is the lack of geographic diversity in the venture...
PERSONAL RELATIONSHIP: Mark K. W. Gim, president and chief operating officer at Washington Trust Bancorp Inc., parent of Westerly based The Washington Trust Co., says local banks need to be vigilant to ensure smooth technology adoption while also maintaining the personal relationships banks have built their brand on.
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Balancing demand for touch and tech

With an evolving mixture of millennials and older customers, local banks and credit unions increasingly face a dilemma when it comes to rapidly evolving...

Is this as good as tech will get?

One of the scariest ideas in the world is the possibility that technological progress is petering out. Without it, there can be no long-run...

Universities can make cities great

When thinking about how to revive economically lagging regions, especially in the Rust Belt, I often talk about the importance of universities. Big, high-quality...
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