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07/29/2014
By PBN Staff Posted 7/29/14 Hotel tax collections in Rhode Island increased year over year in May for the first time since January, climbing 17.5 percent to $270,851 from $230,579 in May 2013, the R.I. Department of Revenue reported Tuesday.
07/29/2014
By Paul E. Kandarian, Globe Correspondent Providence's East Side is thick with history and it's easy to walk around and check it all out. Putting it all in one place, the Providence Warwick Convention & Visitor's Bureau has unveiled a new, self-guided historical walking tour call "Providence Walks: The East Side," a guide that brings together 17 historic institutions for the first time to help visitors trace 378 years of innovation, from the city's founding in 1636 by religious outcast Roger Williams to present day.
07/29/2014
Posted: 07/22/2014 1:49 pm EDT By David Jefferys, CNTraveler.com Instead of planning a trip to New York City or Los Angeles, explore some of America's quainter cities. These spots, voted among the best in the U.S. by Condé Nast Traveler's readers, have plenty of cultural attractions, stylish hotels, and charm to spare. Newport made the list as #5!

Press Releases

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07/24/2014
Governor Lincoln D. Chafee and the Rhode Island Science and Technology Advisory Council (STAC), an initiative implemented from within Commerce RI, today announced the six recipients of Rhode Island Collaborative Research Grants. The awards will provide $445,092 in support to projects, representing...
07/09/2014
Governor Lincoln D. Chafee announced today that the State of Rhode Island will "go green" by launching Apply RI, a new online job application website. Apply RI is a web-based, workforce management system that provides a streamlined process for job seekers searching for employment with the state.
06/27/2014
In an effort to accelerate innovation in Rhode Island and help local entrepreneurs, startups, and small businesses create jobs and compete for approximately $2.5 billion in available federal funding each year from the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (

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