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David C. Reiss began his career working with the developmentally disabled in 1978, as part of direct-care staff at the now-closed Joseph H. Ladd Center. He has been CEO of the Fogarty Center, the largest nonprofit developmental-disability agency in Rhode Island, since 2013. / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

IDD workers eager to learn

David C. Reiss | Fogarty Center CEO People with intellectual and developmental disabilities are valuable members of the community. Many folks have paid employment. They...
SPECIAL DELIVERY: Perella’s Ristorante chef-owner Lou Perella not only cooks the food but is now delivering it, here to CJ Audet-Kelly. / PBN FILE PHOTO/RUPERT WHITELEY

How much has your job or business changed in response to...

Tens of thousands of Rhode Islanders have been suddenly forced out of the workforce, due largely to government restrictions on businesses and the size...

Old folks have all the top jobs, and it’s not good...

Why so many of America’s best and brightest college graduates go into management consulting, finance or law school is a perennial question. There are...
SKILLS FOR Rhode Island's Future has received a $15 million grant from the American Student Assistance Foundation.

Skills R.I. receives $1.5 million grant

PROVIDENCE – Skills for Rhode Island’s Future has received a $1.5 million grant to help fund its mission of strengthening Rhode Island’s workforce by...

A stronger workforce

What attributes or skills do you most value in employees? All of the above: 60% Strong work ethic: 30% Helping others: 10% Meeting deadlines: 0% Trying to better the...

Home sweet home

Why do you do business in southern New England? I’m from here originally: 75% There was a job opening: 25% There is a market for my business:...
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...
PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Q&A: John Sinnott

John Sinnott | Gilbane Building Co. vice president and Rhode Island business unit leader A college intern at Gilbane, John Sinnott took a short detour...
SUPPORTING STARTUPS: Many business leaders are either looking for more support from state government or less regulatory hassles, according to the results of a PBN survey asking what would most help the state produce and keep more successful startups.
 / SOURCE: PBN RESEARCH/JAMES BESSETTE

Get more invested in growing, keeping successful startups

Rhode Island has a lot to offer startups, including great quality-of-life amenities and top-tier educational and support services. But the perception has always been that...

Building the workforce

Has your company’s workforce increased over the last five years? Yes: 87.5% No: 12.5% What programs does your company use to find potential workers? (Select multiple) Other: 75% Local...

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