PROVIDENCE, RI – The Rhode Island Foundation has rolled out a list of projects it would like to see worked on as part of its Make It Happen initiative. Hundreds of leaders in business, health care, the arts and other industry brain stormed for two days last month on ways to turn around the state's economy.
PROVIDENCE, RI – Some 500 veterans are expected to converge on to Diamond Hill Park in Cumberland this weekend for Operation Stand Down. The camp gives at-risk veterans a chance to tap into some much-needed services.
PROVIDENCE, RI – State Treasurer Gina Raimondo is lending her support to ballot question 7, which would allow the state to borrow 25 million dollars for affordable housing. The funds would be matched five fold in grants and donations from other sources.
Backers of the measure feel confident it will pass.
PROVIDENCE, RI – University of Rhode Island Professor of Economics Leonard Lardaro has released his monthly report on the state's economy. Lardaro says the July numbers show both good news and bad news.
"What a bizarre situation Rhode Island finds itself in the acceleration in activity that everyone here had been so eagerly awaiting has already occurred and is in the process of disappearing!" Those are the words used by Professor Lardaro in summarizing the start of the third quarter.
PROVIDENCE, RI – The data is mixed on Rhode Island home sales, but the news is mostly good for single home sales.
The Rhode Island Association of Realtors reports that home sales were 22 percent higher in July over the same month last year. In addition although the median price was down, it was down just 1 percent. The Association says this means prices are beginning to stabilize.
PROVIDENCE, RI – A new economic report finds there is more grim news on the Rhode Island economy. The business-backed Rhode Island Public Expenditure Council says the state's economic growth slowed significantly in the first half of the year.
The report also says there appears to be no relief in the short term. RIPEC research director Ashley Denault says a low-skilled workforce coupled with uncertainty about continuation of the Bush tax cuts is causing businesses to hold back on hiring.