A prominent economic thinker is coming to Rhode Island Tuesday for a series of brainstorming sessions.
Bruce Katz is the founding director of a program at the Brookings Institution meant to help cities improve their health and prosperity. He was invited to come to Rhode Island by state Treasurer Gina Raimondo.
Most of the brainstorming sessions featuring Katz are closed to the media. One of the sessions is open to reporters. It’s being hosted by the Rhode Island Foundation at Johnson & Wales Culinary Museum in Providence.
Gas prices continue their upward spiral in Rhode Island. The cost per gallon rose three cents this week, according to AAA of southern New England. Prices are now 28 cents higher per gallon than a month ago.
Another Roman Catholic priest has been sidelined by a child sexual abuse allegation. The priest has accepted responsibility for his actions.
The Roman Catholic Diocese of Providence says Monsignor John Allard of Woonsocket has been forced to resign the pastor of St. Agatha and Precious Blood parishes because of a child sex abuse allegation that dates back more than 30 years.
The diocese says Allard accepted responsibility for his actions when confronted. He has expressed remorse for the harm he has caused and has moved out of the rectory.
Providence Business News Editor Mark Murphy joins Rhode Island Public Radio's Dave Fallon for a weekly business segment we're calling "The Bottom Line." Each Friday it looks at business news and themes that affect local business and the public.
This week Dave and Mark take a look into why it’s been a problem for the Rhode Island Economic Development Corporation to find local companies to share what’s ballooned into a $3.5 million grant for small businesses.
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You can hear The Bottom Line each Friday at 5:50pm.
A civil engineer and private pilot will be the next president and CEO of the Rhode Island Airport Corporation. Kelly Fredericks is currently overseeing expansion at the airport in Fort Lauderdale, FL.
Fredericks has held leadership positions at airports in Pittsburgh, Harrisburg and Erie Pennsylvania. He’s currently with a consulting group managing the construction of a new terminal down at the Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport.
Gov. Lincoln Chafee says the findings in a new report are part of the process of improving Rhode Island’s economy.
The report centers on the state’s business climate and found Rhode Island has made some progress in cutting taxes but they’re still perceived as being a potential roadblock to attracting new business. It also found gaps in funding for start ups.
Chafee says the process is part of what he calls a methodical approach his administration is using to target a better economy.
It was ten years ago Wednesday when the Station Nightclub went up in flames. One hundred people lost their lives and more than 200 were injured in the West Warwick tragedy. It led to sweeping changes in the state fire code.
A new analysis of labor data shows Rhode Island had a much stronger 3rd quarter than initially reported.
The state Department of labor and Training says there were 4900 more jobs during July, August and September of last year than previously estimated.
The number of Rhode Island-based jobs stood at 464,000, up 4900 from the official September 2012 estimate. The new estimate is basesd on the analysis of tax data from 32,000 businesses. The earlier estimate was based on a survey of businesses.