jobs http://ripr.org en House Speaker Mattiello Claims Improvement on RI's Business Climate http://ripr.org/post/house-speaker-mattiello-claims-improvement-ris-business-climate <p></p><p>House Speaker Nicholas Mattiello emerged in March with a strong hold on what is commonly called the state's most powerful political office. Following the unveiling of a probe of former speaker Gordon Fox, Mattiello won a brief succession fight and pledged a stronger focus on jobs and the economy. Mattiello sat down last week to discuss his first few months as speaker and some of the top issues facing the state, including his choice for governor and Buddy Cianci's latest comeback attempt.</p><p></p><p></p> Mon, 07 Jul 2014 08:00:00 +0000 Ian Donnis 36127 at http://ripr.org House Speaker Mattiello Claims Improvement on RI's Business Climate Alex And Ani To Add 250 Jobs; New Leadership Named http://ripr.org/post/alex-and-ani-add-250-jobs-new-leadership-named <p>Rhode Island retailer Alex and Ani has announced a new management team and a major expansion.</p><p>The jewelry maker says it expects to add 250 jobs over the next six months. Those jobs would be spread across the corporate and retail levels.</p><p>Alex and Ani also announced the addition of several new executives to its management team. Jayne Fitzpatrick-Conway has been named Chief Financial Officer. And the company added several new leadership positions, including heads of ecommerce, information technology, and marketing.</p> Mon, 16 Jun 2014 18:42:44 +0000 Kristin Gourlay 35264 at http://ripr.org RI Health Care Sector Expected To Grow 16%; More RNs Needed http://ripr.org/post/ri-health-care-sector-expected-grow-16-more-rns-needed <p>Rhode Island will face a shortage of nurses in the next 10 to 15 years. But the state may need even more lower level health care workers.</p><p></p><p></p> Mon, 02 Jun 2014 09:00:00 +0000 Kristin Gourlay 34438 at http://ripr.org RI Health Care Sector Expected To Grow 16%; More RNs Needed Swipely Says $20M Infusion Will Enable It to Grow, Keep Adding Jobs http://ripr.org/post/swipely-says-20m-infusion-will-enable-it-grow-keep-adding-jobs <p></p><p>Providence tech startup<a href="https://www.swipely.com/"> Swipely</a>, which has grown significantly since it was launched in 2009, says a new infusion of $20 million in venture capital funding will enable it to continue expanding a small spark of Silicon Valley in Rhode Island.</p><p>"The intent is to use those funds to continue to aggressively growing the team in all our areas, including our engineering team, our marketing and sales team, and other departments within the company," Swipely founder Angus Davis said during a news conference Thursday morning.</p> Thu, 29 May 2014 20:22:11 +0000 Ian Donnis 34371 at http://ripr.org Swipely Says $20M Infusion Will Enable It to Grow, Keep Adding Jobs Pell Unveils Jobs Plan; Says His Ideas Will Elevate His Campaign http://ripr.org/post/pell-unveils-jobs-plan-says-his-ideas-will-elevate-his-campaign <p></p><p>Democratic gubernatorial candidate Clay Pell unveiled Wednesday<a href="http://www.claypell.com/issues/body/Pell_Seizing_The_Future.pdf"> his plan for improving Rhode Island’s economy,</a> as part of the first in what he said will be a series of forthcoming policy initiatives.</p><p>In broad strokes, Pell said if elected governor he would focus on improving the state's public schools, strengthening infrastructure, and leveraging Rhode Island's assets.</p> Wed, 23 Apr 2014 19:00:26 +0000 Ian Donnis 32504 at http://ripr.org Pell Unveils Jobs Plan; Says His Ideas Will Elevate His Campaign Bonus Q&A: Reis on the GOP Budget, Obamacare, Social Security, Immigration & More http://ripr.org/post/bonus-qa-reis-gop-budget-obamacare-social-security-immigration-more <p>Republican Second Congressional District candidate Rhue Reis joins Bonus Q+A to talk about his challenge to Democratic Congressman Jim Langevin, and a host of related issues, including jobs and the economy; the federal budget; Obamacare; immigration, and more.</p><p></p> Fri, 18 Apr 2014 08:00:00 +0000 Ian Donnis 32217 at http://ripr.org Raimondo: State Needs to Streamline, Modernize Regulations http://ripr.org/post/raimondo-state-needs-streamline-modernize-regulations <p></p><p>Democratic gubernatorial candidate Gina Raimondo says the state needs to streamline and modernize regulations to encourage entrepreneurs.</p><p>Speaking at Foolproof Brewing in Pawtucket, Raimondo cited the company as part of Rhode Island’s growing craft-brewing sector. But Raimondo says startups like Foolproof are succeeding in spite of excessive and antiquated regulations. She says entrepreneurs are sometimes left feeling like they’ve done something wrong after filling out government applications and permits.</p> Mon, 14 Apr 2014 20:10:27 +0000 Ian Donnis 32036 at http://ripr.org Raimondo: State Needs to Streamline, Modernize Regulations Bonus Q+A: Edwards on Tolls, Jobs, Infrastructure, the General Assembly & More http://ripr.org/post/bonus-qa-edwards-tolls-jobs-infrastructure-general-assembly-more <p>State Representative John "Jay" Edwards (D-Tiverton) joins Bonus Q+A this week to talk about tolls on the Sakonnet River Bridge; why RI's roads and bridges are in such poor repair; whether the General Assembly is doing enough to boost the economy; the political fallout from 38 Studios; and much more.</p><p></p> Fri, 21 Mar 2014 08:00:00 +0000 Ian Donnis 30767 at http://ripr.org Political Roundtable: Raimondo on Her Jobs Plan, I-195 Development, High-Stakes Testing & More http://ripr.org/post/political-roundtable-raimondo-her-jobs-plan-i-195-development-high-stakes-testing-more <p></p><p>Democratic gubernatorial candidate Gina Raimondo joins Political Roundtable this week to discuss her plan meant to add manufacturing jobs; high-stakes testing; tax policy; the slow start to redeveloping former I-195 land; and other issues.</p><p></p> Fri, 14 Mar 2014 08:00:00 +0000 Ian Donnis 30399 at http://ripr.org Political Roundtable: Raimondo on Her Jobs Plan, I-195 Development, High-Stakes Testing & More Taveras Unveils Plan to Match Unemployed With Job Skills http://ripr.org/post/taveras-unveils-plan-match-unemployed-job-skills <p></p><p>Democratic gubernatorial candidate Angel Taveras on Tuesday unveiled <a href="https://app.box.com/s/3fw6nizlkoisaoaltf7x">a plan to help provide unemployed Rhode Islanders with the skills needed </a>to find jobs.&nbsp;</p><p>Taveras says even though tens of thousands of Rhode Islanders&nbsp;are out of work, Rhode Island lacks a comprehensive job training program. If elected governor, he says he’d implement an initiative so that unemployed residents obtain the right skills through CCRI to get hired.</p> Tue, 11 Mar 2014 17:33:15 +0000 Ian Donnis 30277 at http://ripr.org Taveras Unveils Plan to Match Unemployed With Job Skills