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  • October 21, 2008
    By Ian Donnis

    Our ongoing fiscal nightmare complicates the quest for the green economy, the New York Times reports today.

    Yet a few days earlier, the paper had this:

    OAKLAND, Calif. — California’s energy-efficiency policies created nearly 1.5 million jobs from 1977 to 2007, while eliminating fewer than 25,000, according to a study to be released Monday.

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  • October 20, 2008
    By Ian Donnis

    Rhode Island continues to suffer from high unemployment and an unfulfilled quest for the better economy of the future.

    Yet Neurotech is due to hold a ribbon-cutting in Cumberland tomorrow, and the company represents the sort of technological effort from which the state will benefit. Here's a description:

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  • October 10, 2008
    By Ian Donnis

    Governor Carcieri is scheduled to be interviewed on the topic today for a report on ABC World News' "50 States in 50 Days," which is being done as a partnership with USA Today.

    In response to an inquiry from N4N, press secretary Amy Kempe writes,

    The focus of the segment will be Rhode Island's economy, specifically how the state has felt the impact of the housing market crisis, unemployment, drop in state revenue.

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  • October 09, 2008
    By Ian Donnis

    PR ace Chris Hunter sends word of OfficeLab Providence:

    Flexible collaborative workspace for mobile professionals opens in downtown Providence

    WHAT: Join the Providence community in checking out OfficeLAB, a new place for sharing office space and resources with a community of entrepreneurs, freelancers, and mobile professionals.

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  • October 08, 2008
    By Ian Donnis

    Opinion Factor, a Utah-based marketing and opinion research service, is holding a ribbon-cutting today to formally announce its establishment of a facility in Warwick.

    The PBN reports:

    “We are extremely pleased to make Rhode Island the site of our company’s second Call Center facility,” CEO Richard Kuchinsky said in a statement today.

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  • October 06, 2008
    By Ian Donnis

    UPDATE: From projo.com:

    Frank also dismissed charges the Democrats failed on their own or blocked Republican efforts to rein in the mortgage companies Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. The federal government recently took control of both entities.

    House Minority Leader John Boehner of Ohio called Frank's remarks "a lame, desperate attempt to divert Americans' attention away from the Democratic party's obstruction of reforms that would have reined in Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac and helped our nation avoid this economic crisis."

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  • September 30, 2008
    By Ian Donnis

    From the gov's office:

    Today at the netWORKri One-Stop Career Center in West Warwick, Governor Donald L. Carcieri announced the Industry Skills Development Initiative, a $3.3 million collaboration among public agencies and private industry designed to raise the skill levels of Rhode Island workers in strategically

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  • September 26, 2008
    By Ian Donnis

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    A local bright spot amid all the bleak economic news is the growth of RISD and its potential as a creative and economic incubator.

    Tomorrow marks the grand opening of the art school's new $34 million Chace Center, which Greg Cook describes in this week's Phoenix. Peter Kadzis puts it in context.

    As part of the same package, I talk with John Maeda, RISD's impressive new president.

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  • September 26, 2008
    By Ian Donnis

    Saul Kaplan of the Rhode Island Economic Development Corporation and Andrew Dzykewicz, the governor's energy czar, join Tim White, Arlene Violet and myself to talk about the planned off-shore wind farm and related topics. The show will be broadcast Sunday, at 5:30 am on Channel 12, and at 10 am on Fox 64.

    Also joining us is Christine Lopes, the departing head of Common Cause of Rhode Island.

  • September 25, 2008
    By Ian Donnis

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    With all the bleak economic news, the promise of green jobs in RI may offer a glimmer of hope.

    Local enviros plan a community discussion on the topic this Saturday, and I write about it in this week's Phoenix:

    With global warming looming and the US economy in a mess, environmentalists have a simple answer — green jobs — for simultaneously promoting environmental protection and economic development.

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  • September 23, 2008
    By Ian Donnis

    Pulitzer-winner David Cay Johnston -- who has been dubbed "the de facto chief tax enforcement officer of the United States," because of his success in closing tax dodges -- has this to say in a letter to Romenesko:

    In covering the proposed $700 billion bailout of Wall Street don't repeat the failed lapdog practices that so damaged our reputations in the rush to war in Iraq and the adoption of the Patriot Act.

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  • September 22, 2008
    By Ian Donnis

    The brief time between the fall of the Soviet Union and the events of 9/11 is sometimes called America's "vacation from history," since the latter served as an obvious reminder that we still live in a dangerous world.

    With the Bush administration seeking a $700 billion bailout of the fiscal crisis, and with Democrats pushing their own package, the gravity of the current mess is clear.

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  • September 19, 2008
    By Ian Donnis

    UPDATE: Caprio slated for NPR.

    PROVIDENCE 09/18/2008 Rhode Island General Treasurer Frank Caprio will be a featured guest this weekend on National Public Radio's (NPR) Weekend Edition radio program.

    The NPR show is broadcast nationally and can be heard locally on Saturday between 8 A.M. and 11 A.

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  • September 18, 2008
    By Ian Donnis

    Local enviros have been hard at work in planning an event later this month on fostering economic development through green jobs. Here's the agenda:

    What: Community discussion regarding "Greening the Rhode Island Economy"

    “I'm Ready” petition signing and photo opportunities as part of a national day of action that brings together diverse groups and individuals calling on the government to make a greater investment in green jobs and clean energy.

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  • September 10, 2008
    By Ian Donnis

    Could be interesting, given the news about the state finishing the last budget year in the red.

    WHAT: The Rhode Island Economic Policy Council (EPC) will be held at the Rhode Island Economic Development Corporation (RIEDC). The following is the agenda for this meeting:

    • Update and Discussion of Current Economic Conditions

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