PROVIDENCE — The state’s life sciences industry has been held back by fragmented and uncoordinated resources, according to a collaborative report from the biotechnology trade association RI Bio and Gov. Gina M. Raimondo’s Rhode Island BioHub Group released Monday. The report, “Leveraging the Revolution in Life Sciences: Growing the Rhode Island Innovation Ecosystem,” recommended that RI Bio act as an organizing force, among other suggestions intended to help the industry reach its potential in Rhode Island. The study also advised that the sector should take advantage of the momentum and visibility of the new Wexford Science and Technology Innovation Complex, investments made by Rhode Island at the University of Rhode Island as well as capital investments at Brown University and the growing translational sciences expertise at the Warren Alpert Medical School. Life sciences growth in neighboring Massachusetts, including the presence of numerous … [Read more...] about RI Bio, Rhode Island BioHub Group chart local life science industry growth
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PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) — The signs are up. The doors have been knocked. The debates are done.Voters in Rhode Island, Massachusetts and all parts of the United States are heading to the polls Tuesday to elect governors, members of Congress, mayors and scores of other officials.If you need information about when and where to cast your ballot, visit vote.ri.gov (for Rhode Island) or wheredoivoteMA.com (for Massachusetts). And to get you up to speed on the races before polls close at 8 p.m., here's are some of the latest Election Day headlines, followed by quick cheat sheet. The Latest: 3 p.m.: 228,515 Rhode Islanders have voted, according to the R.I. Board of Elections. 1 p.m.: R.I. Board of Elections reports 180,095 voters have cast their ballots so far.1 p.m.: Widespread rain expected this afternoon, with downpours and strong wind gusts possible. Will that affect voter turnout? Read More: Pinpoint Weather Blog »11:06 a.m.: 135,393 Rhode Islanders have voted, according to the … [Read more...] about 5 things you need to know about today’s election in RI, Mass.
NORTH KINGSTOWN – As offshore wind farms begin to pop up along the Eastern Seaboard, Rhode Island – home to the first such alternative energy plant – is preparing to defend its position among the nation’s top wind-friendly states. Over the last 10 months, WindWinRI, a $100,000 Real Jobs Rhode Island grant program announced Thursday by Gov. Gina M. Raimondo at North Kingstown-based manufacturer Anvil International LLC, has developed a high school certification curriculum to prepare the next generation of local wind energy workers. “For every one commercial offshore wind project, 1,000 supply chain jobs [are created],” Kristin Urbach, executive director of the North Kingstown Chamber of Commerce, told Providence Business News in an interview Thursday. “Offshore wind is an excellent source of local, clean and reliable alternative energy,” said Urbach, adding a pipeline is necessary to fill the jobs coming via Deepwater Wind projects … [Read more...] about Governor, Real Jobs RI promote R.I. as home to next-gen wind energy workforce
RI lawmakers unveil new state budget PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) - Rhode Island lawmakers on Friday unveiled a $9-billion proposed state budget for the 2018-19 fiscal year that asks voters to borrow $250 million for school repairs but rejects a proposed expansion of medical marijuana.The budget plan is a revised version of the tax-and-spending plan put forward in January by Democratic Gov. Gina Raimondo, hammered out after months of public hearings and private negotiations. It was released around 11 p.m.House Speaker Nicholas Mattiello, D-Cranston, told reporters he was "very proud" of the final document. "This is a well-balanced budget that our citizens can be proud of," he said.While House leaders had hoped to bring forward their budget as early as 5:30 p.m., talks between the House, Senate and governor's office stretched on hours later. Among the final sticking points: the terms of legalized sports gambling and funding for the Real Jobs RI training program.The House Finance Committee … [Read more...] about RI lawmakers unveil new state budget
PROVIDENCE – State officials authorized up to $14,655,000 in incentives Monday intended to attract two new companies to Rhode Island and encourage two existing entities to expand. In all, 2,000 permanent jobs could be created over the next 20 years, said Gov. Gina M. Raimondo. By far, most of the jobs would come through a planned expansion of General Dynamics Electric Boat at Quonset Business Park and a new meat processing facility proposed by an affiliate of Ahold Delhaize. “If we do our job at this meeting, we can create well over 2,000 jobs for Rhode Islanders,” Raimondo said, as the R.I. Commerce Corp. meeting got underway. Commerce RI authorized one of the largest incentive packages for Infinity Meat Solutions LLC, which has pledged 700 food manufacturing, distribution and management jobs at a site in the Ocean State. Infinity Meat Solutions is a subsidiary of Retail Business Services, part of the Ahold Delhaize USA family. The company plans to build a $100 … [Read more...] about Commerce RI authorizes $14.7M in incentives for companies’ expansion, relocation plans