If Rhode Island and the region have not emerged completely from their near decade-long economic funk, they certainly have pulled themselves out of the intensive care ward, at least according to the latest installment of the Providence Business News biannual Business Survey.
For more than a decade beginning in 2001, manufacturing jobs left the state and country in droves. But as Rhode Island’s economy slowly creeps back and the cost of doing business overseas increases, some of those jobs may be returning.
When Beth Cunha tells her students how some of the United States’ best colleges and universities are right here in Rhode Island, she often hears the response: “It doesn’t matter, Miss. I wouldn’t get in anyway. I don’t have the money and ‘they’ would never give someone like me a scholarship.”
Tom Friedman, author of “The World is Flat,” told us in 2005 about a fast-moving economic platform, accelerated by information technology advances, which created an environment in which it’s easy to source talent and do business globally.
A second site among the former I-195 development parcels will be sold and developed as a seven-story structure containing a mix of rental housing, office space and retail, under a preliminary plan announced Tuesday.
Workplace trends that favor urban office settings continued across New England cities in 2014, as companies sought premium space that offers convenience and efficiency for employees, according to CB Richard Ellis-New England executives.