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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...

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.

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...
AN ECONOMIC MACHINE: The Naval Undersea Warfare Center Division Newport, located in Middletown and Newport, has a yearly impact on the region of more than $1 billion.

As NUWC celebrates birthday, R.I. can appreciate its role here

Two things stand out about the Naval Under­sea Warfare Center Division Newport. One is its scale. The 180-acre complex in Middletown and Newport employs nearly...
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.

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...
U.S. JOBLESS CLAIMS decreased by 12,000 to 209,000 last week. / BLOOMBERG NEWS FILE PHOTO/GABBY JONES

U.S. jobless claims hit four-week low, underscoring strength

WASHINGTON – Filings for United States unemployment benefits dropped to a four-week low, offering the latest sign of labor-market strength. Jobless claims decreased by 12,000...

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