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Q&A with Commerce: Small Business Assistance Program

March 8, 2017 3:26 pm

The Rhode Island Commerce Corporation is starting a new series called “Q&A with the Commerce Corporation.” We are hoping to hear from you, the businesses in Rhode Island, to answer questions about our programs, services or resources. We will also address concerns you may have regarding the process of doing business in Rhode Island and inform you of any news you may find useful.   Small Business Assistance Program Q. I read an announcement about the…

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Commerce Corporation Chooses R.I. Firms for Ad Campaign

February 28, 2017 8:45 am

Commerce Corporation Chooses Rhode Island Firms for Advertising Campaign Local agencies Nail and RDW Group to be Principals in Efforts to Market Rhode Island FEBRUARY 27, 2017 — The Rhode Island Commerce Corporation today announced that it has selected three vendors to execute its upcoming tourism campaign. At this month’s meeting, the Commerce Corporation Board voted to authorize the Commerce Corporation to enter into agreements with NAIL Communications, the RDW Group, and NJF, an MMGY Global…

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How Can You Identify the Real Innovation Hub?

December 8, 2016 2:15 pm

Many cities and states are laying claim to the title Innovation Hub. But is there a way for those considering where to open or relocate a business to tell if a city or state is walking the walk? Innovation centers are the future, but to determine if it has truly taken root in a place, you must look to the recent past and ask: Have big investments been made to encourage innovative thinking among executives…

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Where’s the Talent? Go There.

November 8, 2016 9:22 am

If you build it, they will come? More like—go where they already are, and then build it. We’re talking, of course, about talent, and the importance of making sure, when locating or expanding a business, that the workforce you need is already in place. In today’s knowledge-driven economy, no resource is more important than human capital. Without a skilled local workforce, major investments in offices, plants and other facilities can be wasted money. This has…

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Three Fundamentals for Growing Advanced Industries

October 19, 2016 9:36 am

Businesses in advanced industries—including manufacturing, energy and services—are becoming increasingly more valuable for employers, employees and for the U.S. economy in general. On average, these high-tech jobs pay almost double what other sectors pay, according to the Brookings Institution; and for every new advanced industry job, 2.2 additional jobs are created. As a result, Brookings says a focus on advanced industries—R&D-intensive industries that concentrate the nation’s science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) workforce—are crucial for…

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Raimondo Opens Innovation Voucher Grant Application Period

October 4, 2016 4:16 pm

Press Release RI Businesses with Fewer Than 500 Employees May Apply for Second Round of $50,000 Grants to Enable Innovation Through R&D Governor Gina M. Raimondo opened the second round of the state's Innovation Voucher Program today, soliciting applications from Rhode Island companies with fewer than 500 employees to apply for grants of up to $50,000 to fund research and development (R&D). "The Innovation Voucher Program enables us to support and incentivize the important research…

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How a small state made a big breakthrough in high tech job growth

September 26, 2016 4:11 pm

This piece was previously published in QUARTZ. States with jobs in innovation and technology industries are more prosperous, both now and later. And the more states that invest in the advanced industries supersector and become prosperous, the more likely our country is to have an economy that works for everyone. In a recent Brookings Institution report on the trends shaping America’s 50 advanced industries, advanced economies are extolled for creating long-term growth and remarkably high…

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Raimondo Opens Westerly P-TECH Program, Providing Rhode Island Students the Opportunity to Follow Paths in STEM Careers

September 7, 2016 9:40 am

Press Release Westerly, Newport, Providence Launch P-TECH Programs this Week Governor Gina M. Raimondo joined state and local officials to celebrate the opening of the Westerly P-TECH program at Westerly High School. The Pathways in Technology Early College High School program (P-TECH) is designed to open new doors for high school students to college and careers in advanced industries. Providence Career and Technical Academy also opened its P-TECH program yesterday, and Rogers High School in Newport will…

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