For 215 college graduates working in STEM fields in Rhode Island, Christmas came a little early, when the initial class of Wavemaker Fellowships were chosen. Is this a good plan to improve the quality of Rhode Island’s workforce?
Gov. Gina M. Raimondo made the announcement recently that the state was going to proceed with replacing the Routes 6 and 10 connector corridor in Providence without incorporating any of the community ideas designed to connect Olneyville to the rest of the city? Is that a good idea?
Providence was ranked the 14th best college town in the nation by College Rank late last month, with the publication citing “funky shops and cafes, street-art exhibits and clear signs of political activism,” among other things. Do the things that make a good college town also make it good for business?
The current issue of PBN includes the results of the Summer 2016 Business Survey, in which executives in companies in the Top List database are asked questions about the region’s economy and their expectations. In that vein, how do you see your company’s prospects through the rest of the year? Are you confident enough to hire more staff in 2016?
The current issue of Providence Business News looks at what efforts have been made – or should be made – to come to terms with the $5.6 billion in unfunded liabilities that cities and towns have for their pension and OPEB liabilities. Should the state insert itself into the municipal crisis and make reform a local priority through legislative action?