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Hailed by both institutions as a way to better serve the community, Roger Williams University is finalizing its takeover of HousingWorks RI, the housing policy research group. more
The first step in revamping the University of Rhode Island’s MBA program seemed obvious: move it to Providence. The school’s main campus in Kingston, administrators felt, was too far removed from the heart of Rhode Island’s business community. more
In Rhode Island’s competitive banking landscape, Sovereign Bank is preparing its new signage and assuring commercial and consumer customers of a seamless transition as well as enhanced local and global services when it, at last, becomes Santander Bank on Oct. 17. more
It was business as usual in Westerly this year until pop star Taylor Swift came to town. The singer’s purchase of a $17 million mansion on the beach in exclusive Watch Hill added celebrity sightings and trespassing dramas to sandcastles, fudge and the usual seaside entertainment. At screenprinting company J. Mack Studios, owner Kevin Adams occasionally uses T-shirts as a creative outlet and decided to design and produce a Swift-inspired shirt in honor of his hometown’s new most famous resident. While Adams never found out what Swift thought of his shirt, he did hear from corporate protectors of the Taylor Swift brand who asked him to stop, setting off a David-versus-Goliath gossip-column sensation. more
When Jon Hyde wants a glass of wine, the resident of the Saunderstown section of North Kingstown favors cabernet sauvignon and shiraz. When buying a bottle, though, he isn’t always sure what brands match his taste. more
The Providence Business News Executive Poll is a weekly survey of 70 business leaders throughout the state, representing small and large companies in a variety of industries. more
Gov. Lincoln D. Chafee attended an unveiling for the newest mural in Providence, located at Rhode Island Hospital. The seascape, created by Public Art Works artists Kenn Speiser, Nancy Gaucher-Thomas and Merle Mainelli Poulton, was commissioned to celebrate the hospital’s 150th anniversary. more
The death by veto of a bill empowering the Providence Redevelopment Agency to construct new buildings “is not going to stop us” from helping Brown University revive the former South Street Power Station, according to Providence Economic Development Director James Bennett. more
American fast food had hit a dry patch in dessert trends when frozen yogurt returned in a blur of neon lights, pop music and smashed candy-bar toppings. more
Rhode Island lawmakers overhauled the R.I. Economic Development Corporation this summer more than a year after the agency’s ill-fated $75 million investment in 38 Studios LLC collapsed. more
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