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Providence Business News Editor Mark Murphy joins Rhode Island Public Radio's Dave Fallon for our weekly business segment, The Bottom Line.

This week Mark and Dave chat with Ian Ridlon, president and executive Director of the Rhode Island Interlocal Risk Management Trust. The group works with cities and towns to manage unfunded liabilities, such as health care costs for retirees.

When to listen:

You can hear The Bottom Line each Friday at 5:50 p.m

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Rhode Island’s economy remains in the doldrums. That’s the takeaway from the latest unemployment and jobs data released Thursday by the state Department of Labor and Training

The state’s jobless rate inched up from 5.4 percent to 5.5 percent in June.  The good news is that the state gained 1,700 jobs. The bad news is that job growth remains sluggish, with a decline of 100 jobs in the first six months  of 2016.

Providence Business News Editor Mark Murphy joins Rhode Island Public Radio's Dave Fallon for our weekly business segment, The Bottom Line.

Providence Business News Editor Mark Murphy joins Rhode Island Public Radio's Dave Fallon for our weekly business segment, The Bottom Line.

This week, Mark and Dave speak with Warwick Mayor Scott Avedisian, for an update on Warwick’s "City Centre" development.

The conversation centers on new facilities under construction in Warwick, including a new hotel, the need for tax stabilization agreements to draw in companies, and T.F. Green Airport, which Avedisian describes as the plan’s economic engine.

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Providence Business News Editor Mark Murphy joins Rhode Island Public Radio's Dave Fallon for our weekly business segment, The Bottom Line.

This week, Mark and Dave speak with Warwick mayor Scott Avedisian. He's got an update on the development of Warwick’s new ‘City Centre,' details about a new hotel and the plan to use T.F. Green Airport as an engine to drive economic growth in the region.

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  The IYRS School of Technology and Trades breaks ground Friday on a new addition to its Newport campus. The facility will house a composite submarine systems program. IYRS started as a yacht restoration school but has recently expanded to train workers for other types of manufacturing jobs. IYRS’ Jill Levin coordinated the capital campaign for new building.

“I think it’s important because there is a working waterfront and it’s disappearing and for us to be able to recreate and continue this working waterfront here in Newport,” said Levin.

 

Providence Business News Editor Mark Murphy joins Rhode Island Public Radio's Dave Fallon for our weekly business segment, The Bottom Line.

This week, Mark and Dave speak with Neighborhood Health Plan President and CEO Peter Marino. Neighborhood Health is launching a new initiative aimed at streamlining the sometimes thorny process of navigating Medicaid and Medicare.

When to listen:

You can hear The Bottom Line each Friday at 5:50 p.m.

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  After admitting to cheating on emissions tests, car manufacturer Volkswagon will pay more than $10 billion in settlements across the U.S. $570 million could go to drivers affected in the Ocean State.

Between 2009 and 2015, the German car manufacturer sold nearly 500,000 affected cars in the U.S. More than 3,000 of those were sold in Rhode Island.

Despite cheating on emissions tests, these diesel engine cars, including Passats, Jettas, and Beetles, were often sold as being environmentally friendly or "green."

Providence Business News Editor Mark Murphy joins Rhode Island Public Radio's Dave Fallon for our weekly business segment, The Bottom Line. 

This week, Mark and Dave sit down with Alden Anderson, Jr., senior vice president-partner at CBRE New England, a real estate advisory firm in Providence.

  Providence Business News Editor Mark Murphy joins Rhode Island Public Radio's Dave Fallon for our weekly business segment, The Bottom Line.

This week, Mark and Dave are joined by Providence Business News writer Eli Sherman. Sherman is currently writing a series looking into unfunded pension and benefits liabilities of cities and towns across the state. They discuss the reasons behind these unfunded liabilities, what can be done to fix them and what might happen if they remain unfunded.

When to listen:

You can hear The Bottom Line each Friday at 5:50pm.

Rhode Island Public Radio's Dave Fallon hosts our weekly business segment, The Bottom Line. Co-Host Mark Murphy, editor of Providence Business News, will return next week.

This week, Dave hears about the impact of parking meters on Thayer Street, the major commercial strip near Brown University. A leading critic of the meters, Ken Dulgarian, owner of the Avon Cinema and other properties, says they are devastating local businesses.

When to listen:

You can hear The Bottom Line each Friday at 5:50 p.m.

The Bottom Line: Jobs For Ex-Offenders

Jun 3, 2016

Providence Business News Editor Mark Murphy joins Rhode Island Public Radio's Dave Fallon for our weekly business segment, The Bottom Line.

This week, Mark and Dave sit down with U.S. Attorney for Rhode Island Peter Neronha to learn about his quest to find jobs for parolees.  

Neronha and other advocates believe good jobs are crucial for reducing recidivism and cutting costs in the criminal justice system. They recently organized a summit to introduce employers to the process for hiring ex-offenders, and hear from  a few companies who are already doing it. 

The Bottom Line: 30 Years In Business

May 27, 2016

Providence Business News Editor Mark Murphy joins Rhode Island Public Radio's Dave Fallon for our weekly business segment, The Bottom Line.

This week, in honor of the 30th anniversary of Providence Business News, attorney Jack Partridge joins Mark and Dave to discuss the big business milestones of the past 30 years.  

When to listen:

You can hear The Bottom Line each Friday at 5:50 p.m.

Do you have insight or expertise on this topic? Please email us, we'd like to hear from you: news@ripr.org.     

Providence Business News Editor Mark Murphy joins Rhode Island Public Radio's Dave Fallon for our weekly business segment, The Bottom Line.

This week Mark and Dave discuss the state of Rhode Island's economy with John Simmons, Director of the Rhode Island Public Expenditure Council. RIPEC's latest economic report finds mixed signals for the local economy.

When to listen:

You can hear The Bottom Line each Friday at 5:50 p.m.

The Bottom Line: Women In Management

May 13, 2016

Providence Business News Editor Mark Murphy joins Rhode Island Public Radio's Dave Fallon for our weekly business segment, The Bottom Line.

This week Mark and Dave sit down with Crossroads Rhode Island COO Michelle Wilcox, who discusses how women at her nonprofit helped her rise to the ranks of upper management.

When to listen:

You can hear The Bottom Line each Friday at 5:50 p.m.

Do you have insight or expertise on this topic? Please email us, we'd like to hear from you: news@ripr.org.  

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