PROVIDENCE – The state is expanding the Real Jobs Rhode Island program to cater to commercial construction employers, Gov. Gina M. Raimondo announced Monday. The R.I. Department of Labor and Training will convene stakeholders in the commercial construction industry over the next few months to identify employer demands for a program to train commercial construction workers. The governor’s office said that construction employment is expected to increase 13.8% by 2026 in the state and will need trained workers to fill the estimated 26,000 new jobs. “Thanks to major investments we’ve made to repair our crumbling infrastructure and school buildings, Rhode Island’s commercial construction workforce is growing at an unprecedented rate,” said Raimondo in a statement. “Our new initiative with Real Jobs Rhode Island will create a pipeline of skilled Rhode Island workers to fill the good, family-supporting jobs we’re creating. This announcement … [Read more...] about Real Jobs RI to create commercial construction training program
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PROVIDENCE – More than $1.5 million in state and federal money will go toward training new and existing employees at a dozen Rhode Island companies, all named as new partners in Real Jobs Rhode Island. The participants, which will share $1.6 million in implementation grants, were announced by Gov. Gina M. Raimondo and the R.I. Department of Labor and Training Monday. Companies in the bioscience, energy, finance and insurance, food processing and manufacturing and healthcare industries were among those selected. Proposals submitted earlier this year outlined how each business planned on using the money, which will be allotted according to companies’ needs, DLT spokeswoman Angelika Pellegrino told PBN Monday. The 12 companies, chosen from among 16 applicants, promised to make an impact in the state, along with proposing innovative projects or methods of training employees, Pellegrino said. Grant money is to be used from May 1 of this year through June 30, 2022. “We have … [Read more...] about State announces 12 new Real Jobs RI participants
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
PROVIDENCE – The R.I. Commerce Corp. board of directors approved incentives for CV Properties LLC and Customer & Miller Box as well as Innovation Vouchers for five local companies Monday evening. CV Properties was approved for a tax increment financing incentive of $6.75 million, Rebuild Rhode Island tax credits of $100,000 and was approved for sales tax rebates on construction materials for the construction of the 169-room, seven-story Aloft Hotel. “CV Properties is pleased to announce it will continue its 15-year development and investment legacy in Providence with the announcement of an agreement with the State of Rhode Island to provide tax incentives to support the construction of the first hotel located within the I-195 Land in the Innovation & Design District,” said Richard Galvin, president and CEO of CV Properties, in a statement. The project is expected to cost $55.2 million and will be located adjacent to the Wexford Innovation Center. Custom & … [Read more...] about Commerce RI approves incentives for Aloft Hotel, Custom & Miller Box
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.