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Stokes named new R.I. Division of Equity, Diversity and Inclusion leader

PROVIDENCE – The R.I. Division of Equity, Diversity and Inclusion has a new leader familiar to many Rhode Islanders.  Keith W. Stokes, the former executive...

Not everyone is sold on McKee’s plan to boost MBE program

AFTER THE STATE last year exceeded the minimum requirements for awarding government contracts to minority- and women-owned businesses, Gov. Daniel J. McKee wants to...
COMMUNITY GROWTH: Tomás Ávila, associate director for the R.I. Division of Equity, Diversity and Inclusion, says that as of April 2022, minority-owned small-business enterprises have been awarded 15.3% of the dollar value of Rhode Island’s procurements or construction projects after not meeting the 10% mandate for years.
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New leadership, reorganization of state division has led to increased MBE...

PBN 2022 Diversity Equity & Inclusion Awards Government: R.I. Division of Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Upon being hired in August 2021 as the associate director...

MBE program sees record-high participation, but advocates still skeptical

PROVIDENCE – After again falling short of mandated minimums for contracts and purchases with women and minority-owned businesses in fiscal 2021, the state rebounded...
STATE OFFICIALS ANNOUNCED Thursday that about $30 million in funds for the second round of the state School Building Authority’s Facility Equity Initiative is now available for underserved school districts across Rhode Island to help with school construction and rehabilitation costs

Additional $30M from Facility Equity Initiative available for school construction efforts

CENTRAL FALLS – About $30 million in funds for the second round of the state School Building Authority’s Facility Equity Initiative is now available...

Progress on MBE contracting limited without enforcement

This year’s General Assembly session ended without changes to the state’s Minority Business Enterprise program, despite a $500,000 study that identified a host of...
TOMÁS ÁVILA TOOK OVER as associate director for the R.I. Office of Diversity, Equity and Opportunity last August. / PBN FILE PHOTO/MIKE SKORSKI

Is help on the way for R.I.’s Minority Business Enterprise program?

THE STATE IS STILL STRUGGLING to overcome decades of dysfunction around tracking and enforcing its laws for contracting with minority-owned businesses, even after a...
Tomás Ávila  / PBN PHOTO/MIKE SKORSKI

Five Questions With: Tomás Ávila

Tomás Ávila | Associate director, R.I. Office of Diversity, Equity and Opportunity 1. How does your experience in small-business advocacy and connections to the...

Latino advocate to head R.I. office in charge of minority business...

PROVIDENCE – A longtime leader and advocate for the Rhode Island Latino community will head the state department responsible for minority business contracting. Gov. Daniel...
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