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STAYING PUT: Adam Anderson, owner of landscape architecture firm Design Under Sky and a Wavemaker fellow, stands near the remnants of his “10,000 Suns” sunflower installation in Providence. Anderson is still paying off his student loans and says the Wavemaker program is one of the factors that kept him in Rhode Island. / PBN PHOTO/MIKE SKORSKI

STEM-ing the flow: Is R.I.’s Wavemaker program reducing ‘brain drain’?

Architectural designer Kaitlin DeGregorio was weighing a job offer in New York 2½ years ago when she instead made a commitment to a construction...
MAKING WAVES? Gov. Gina M. Raimondo wants to expand the Wavemaker Fellowship program, but the state can’t say if it is actually keeping young workers and recent college graduates from leaving Rhode Island. / PBN FILE PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Ensure state programs are successful before expanding them

State lawmakers are being asked to expand two incentive programs that, taken at face value, are hard to argue against. This week’s cover story focuses...
HELPING HAND: The state recently announced the fourth round of recipients of Wavemaker Fellowships, which help STEM and design professionals defray student-loan debt.

Should the state expand popular Wavemaker Fellowship tax credits beyond those...

The state recently announced that 153 college graduates working in science, technology, engineering, mathematics and design fields in Rhode Island will receive Wavemaker Fellowship...
GOV. GINA M. RAIMONDO and the R.I. Commerce Corp. announced 240 new Wavemaker Fellowship awards to help STEM and design professionals defray student loan costs.

More than 150 applicants to receive latest Wavemaker Fellowship awards

PROVIDENCE – R.I. Commerce Corp. and Gov. Gina M. Raimondo announced Friday that 153 college graduates who work in STEM – science, technology, engineering...
ADDED BENEFIT: Jacques Afonso, manager of community and customer management with National Grid Rhode Island, speaks with Jennifer Bray, senior program manager for corporate communications. Afonso has taken advantage of National Grid’s partial student-loan repayment benefit to help pay back $60,000 in loans after graduating from Suffolk University in 2009.
 / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Loan repayment helps employers compete

Jacques Afonso, a manager of community and customer management for National Grid Rhode Island, had worked for the utility for almost a decade when...
HELPING HAND: The state recently announced the fourth round of recipients of Wavemaker Fellowships, which help STEM and design professionals defray student-loan debt.

Got student debt? Commerce RI accepting new applications for Wavemaker Fellowship

PROVIDENCE – The state’s Wavemaker Fellowship program that provides recent college graduates working in science, technology, engineering and mathematics fields with student-loan reimbursement is...
CONFIDENCE WANING? Matt Fair, center, of Hayes & ­Sherry Real Estate Services, listens with colleagues during PBN’s first Economic Trends Summit in Providence on Feb. 15. Panelists said perennial concerns such as rising health care costs and uncertainty about changing federal policies are dampening optimism about an otherwise strong economy.
 / PBN PHOTO/RUPERT WHITELEY

Optimism tempered by uncertainty

Rhode Island’s economy is doing well, but a handful of perennial bugaboos, along with actions at the federal level, have dampened the business community’s...

13 New England Tech grads receive Wavemaker Fellowships

EAST GREENWICH – Thirteen New England Institute of Technology graduates received R.I. Commerce Corp. Wavemaker Fellowships, according to a late November announcement by the...
GOV. GINA M. RAIMONDO and the R.I. Commerce Corp. announced 240 new Wavemaker Fellowship awards to help STEM and design professionals defray student loan costs.

Raimondo, Commerce RI award 240 Wavemaker Fellowships in 3rd round

PROVIDENCE - Gov. Gina M. Raimondo and the R.I. Commerce Corp. announced Tuesday that in its third round, the Wavemaker Fellowship awards have supported...
THE HOUSE APPROVED A $9.6 BILLION fiscal 2019 budget on Friday. / PBN FILE PHOTO/NICOLE DOTZENROD

House-passed budget outlines revenue-sharing from sports betting

PROVIDENCE — The House late Friday approved a $9.6 billion budget that continues a car-tax phaseout and outlines how revenue from newly authorized sports...

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