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Hope for RI: Misleading business-climate rankings

By SCOTT WOLF Rhode Island generally takes a pounding in the reports ranking states’ business climates by such national organizations as the Tax Foundation and Forbes Magazine. What predictably follows such news is gloom-and-doom commentary by civic leaders along with a growing sense of hopelessness among rank-and-file Rhode Islanders. George Wein, the longtime Newport Jazz […]

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Rhode Island’s Ag sector grows: Continued federal incentives announced

Total number of farms, working land and value of production up significantly With the new growing season under way, Rhode Island farmers and consumers are celebrating the first crops of the year and the opening of farmers’ markets around the state, and have also received two welcome pieces of news from the U.S. Department of […]

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URI Prof says urban revitalization key to righting Rhode Island economy

Edward Mazze: “An important part of economic development should be the revitalization of cities and towns that lost businesses and their economic base. Rhode Island should offer a “shovel-ready program” designed to help companies locate and develop a site quickly by working with cities and towns in identifying sites as ‘ready for development.’ “

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