Economic Development Corporation

A state commission formed to preserve and expand defense-related businesses in Rhode Island holds its latest meeting Thursday.

The Defense Economy Planning Commission was created in 2010. The 25-member panel includes state legislators, as well as representatives of private businesses, the National Guard, chambers of commerce, and branches of state government.

The Sunday New York Times is out with Matt Bai's lengthy and well-written overview of Rhode Island's disastrous investment in 38 Studios, former Red Sox star Curt Schilling's bankrupt video game company. Bai's story doesn't offer much in the way of new findings, but it will expose the Ocean State's folly to a broad audience of influentials.

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State Representative Michael Chippendale (R-Foster) joins the Roundtable this week to discuss the nine-point gun-safety proposal unveiled this week by state officials, Governor Lincoln Chafee's choice to lead the state Economic Development Corporation, and other issues.

Rhode Island State House
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The leadership of the state Senate Tuesday unveiled a legislative package of 25 bills meant to improve Rhode Island’s economy.

Welcome back to my weekly column. As always, your tips and thoughts are welcome at idonnis (at) ripr (dot) org. Let's get to the list.

Governor Lincoln Chafee has unveiled five nominees for the Rhode Island Economic Development Corporation. The EDC has remained beset by turnover in recent years.

Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Mar 6, 2013

Another snow storm is on its way.  The new state Board of Education has all its members in place now.  These stories and more on the RIPR Morning News Podcast.
Plus in this week’s This I Believe—Rhode Island essay, writer and actress Janine Weisman talks about the importance of community.

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Friday, February 15, 2013

Feb 15, 2013

The RI EDC needs to find a new leader.  Brown University raises its tuition.   These stories and more on the RIPR Morning News Podcast.

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In the latest setback for the state Economic Development Corporation, Governor Lincoln Chafee's choice to lead the agency, William J. Parsons, has asked that his nomination we withdrawn due to a " recent serious health issue." Chafee has accepted the request by Parson, whose tenure with the EDC goes almost to the agency's inception.

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RI and Chinese companies to meet

Feb 11, 2013

A group trip is being organized for Rhode Island businesses who are interested in doing business with China, as well as those already doing so.   The Rhode Island Economic Development Corporation is organizing a trip for the last two weeks in April.  

The E-D-C says business appointments with Chinese companies will be arranged and informational briefings will be given to participants.

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In a signal that Governor Lincoln Chafee hopes to keep closer tabs on the state Economic Development Corporation, the governor has hired longtime ally J.R. Pagliarini for a newly created post of chief of staff at the EDC.

The move comes after Chafee backed William Parsons, who has been at the EDC virtually since the inception of the agency, to head the quasi-public corporation.

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