Jewelry District http://ripr.org en Scott MacKay Commentary: Finally, Smith Hill And RI Colleges Work Together http://ripr.org/post/scott-mackay-commentary-finally-smith-hill-and-ri-colleges-work-together <p>Is Rhode Island government finally waking up to leveraging state colleges as wellsprings of economic development? RIPR political analyst Scott MacKay sees some hopeful signs on Smith Hill.</p><p></p><p></p><p>After years of malign neglect of Rhode Island’s public colleges and universities, the General Assembly finally appears to be turning a corner. Several elements in the state budget approved last week by the House Finance Committee show that Statehouse politicians are finally getting the message on the iron link between education and creating jobs in the Ocean State.</p> Fri, 06 Jun 2014 18:29:37 +0000 Scott MacKay 34790 at http://ripr.org Scott MacKay Commentary: Finally, Smith Hill And RI Colleges Work Together Underground Explosion In Providence Lifts Eight Manhole Covers http://ripr.org/post/underground-explosion-providence-lifts-eight-manhole-covers <p>Dozens of people were evacuated from buildings on the outskirts of downtown Providence following an underground explosion yesterday.</p><p></p><p>National grid confirmed that the explosion was caused by pressure built up inside an underground utility vault.</p><p>Sarah Longley from was working in the Women and Infants building on Chestnut Street only feet away from the explosion.</p> Tue, 19 Nov 2013 14:03:26 +0000 John Bender 25049 at http://ripr.org Underground Explosion In Providence Lifts Eight Manhole Covers Made In Rhode Island: Jewelry Making, An Industry On The Move http://ripr.org/post/made-rhode-island-jewelry-making-industry-move <div style="margin:14pt 0;"><p>There's a commonly held misconception in Rhode Island that the jewelry industry is washed up, kaput, a victim of the ravaged manufacturing sector. But according to the Rhode Island Economic Development Corporation, we have the highest concentration of jobs in the jewelry industry in the United States. This morning as we continue our 'Made in Rhode Island' series, Rhode Island Public Radio's Flo Jonic delves into the jewelry industry through the eyes of three of its players:</p><p></p><p></p><p></p> Tue, 13 Aug 2013 12:20:36 +0000 Flo Jonic 19975 at http://ripr.org Made In Rhode Island: Jewelry Making, An Industry On The Move Will State House hijinks derail Dynamo House nursing plan? http://ripr.org/post/will-state-house-hijinks-derail-dynamo-house-nursing-plan <p>Tis the high season of summer in the Ocean State and the time of hijinks at the State House. As the hours dwindle towards adjournment, items big and small sometimes get lost in the last-minute shuffle as the competing egos in the House and Senate square off.</p><p>One very important economic development and education issue to watch: the fate of the resolution needed to move forward the plan to revive a gateway to the old Jewelry District in Providence by putting a nursing school in the old Dynamo Building, the onetime South Street power station.</p> Wed, 03 Jul 2013 16:16:11 +0000 Scott MacKay 17841 at http://ripr.org