Aponte Issues Statement Regarding Relocation of Blue Cross Employees

Providence City Council President Luis Aponte issued the following statement in response to news that Blue Cross Blue Shield of Rhode Island intends to relocate employees to East Providence: "I am extremely disappointed in this news and will seek an immediate meeting with the president of Blue Cross Blue Shield to discuss the company's recent decision to deplete employees from its downtown Providence campus. The City provided to Blue Cross an attractive Tax Stabilization Agreement (TSA) based on the understanding that the company would be a highly active participant in the City, make improvements to the building, and maintain a…
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City Council Panel Passes Landmark Legislation to End Racial Profiling, Bolster Police Accountability and Oversight

PROVIDENCE, RI— The Providence City Council Committee on Ordinances tonight approved passage of the Community Safety Act (CSA), a community-driven, comprehensive ordinance that codifies into law best practices in police conduct from around the country. The CSA is considered one of the most progressive pieces of legislation in the United States, exceeding standards set forth by the Comprehensive Community-Police Relations Act passed by the RI General Assembly in 2015. Following last week’s public hearing, the Ordinance Committee tonight adopted final amendments to the CSA that reflect greater input from all stakeholders. In its final form, the bill is the product…
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RIDOT Beginning Repairs on Providence Area Interstate Bridges

Initial phase of work to focus on I-195 and involve highway lane splits The Rhode Island Department of Transportation (RIDOT) has started a project to perform preventive maintenance on Providence area Interstate bridges. The work will be completed in phases, affecting three separate areas on I-195, I-95 and the Clifford Street Bridge over the next several months. The project begins on both directions of I-195 in Providence, just east of the Providence River Bridge near Exit 2 (India Street/South Main Street). During this work, all lanes of travel will be maintained during daytime and peak travel periods. However, RIDOT will…
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Providence Office of Economic Opportunity Creates Innovative Partnerships to Increase Community Impact

PROVIDENCE, RI - Mayor Jorge O. Elorza today joined elected officials, Director of Economic Opportunity Brian Hull, representatives from Workforce Solutions of Providence/Cranston (WSPC), OpenDoors Executive Director Sol Rodriquez, Providence Housing Authority Executive Director Paul J. Tavares, and Providence Public Safety officials to highlight the RHODES to Employment Program managed by OpenDoors. The program, made possible through a $500,000 Department of Labor grant, provides pre-release work readiness services, career counseling, employment education, and case management to successfully reintegrate incarcerated individuals. "Now, more than ever, Providence needs to lead the way in providing the most marginalized members of our community pathways…
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American Mothers Names Nydia Diaz-Perez Puerto Rico Mother of the Year

National Non-Profit to Honor Mothers across the US States, DC, and Puerto Rico Washington, DC - American Mothers Inc. ® has named the state Mother of the Year® and Mother of Achievement honorees for 2017. Nydia Diaz-Perez from Ponce, PR has been selected to represent the territory of Puerto Rico. She will serve as an ambassador for mothers across the country and will be recognized at an annual national conference in Washington DC from April 23-25, 2017, where the National Mother of the Year will be named. American Mothers Inc. ® is celebrating its 82nd year of nationally honoring motherhood,…
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New England Tech Ranks in the TOP 50 Game Design Programs by The Princeton Review

"TOP 50 UNDERGRADUATE SCHOOLS TO STUDY GAME DESIGN" East Greenwich, RI - Dr. Douglas H. Sherman, Senior Vice President and Provost at New England Institute of Technology (NEIT), announced that the university has earned a coveted spot on the list of top 50 undergraduate schools to study game design for 2017 by the highly respected The Princeton Review. This ranking marks the fourth consecutive year that NEIT has been recognized for its video game design and development programs. "New England Tech's faculty and administration work diligently to improve our curriculum and facilities to create the best possible environment for our…
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UMass Dartmouth Commencement 2017 honorees announced

NPR Legal Affairs Correspondent Nina Totenberg, Southern Poverty Law Center founder Morris Dees, MacArthur Foundation Managing Director Cecilia Conrad to be awarded honorary degrees. Obama White House Chief Photographer and Dartmouth native Pete Souza, author and LGBT activist Jennifer Finney Boylan to receive Chancellor's Medals. UMass Dartmouth announced today that National Public Radio Legal Affairs Correspondent Nina Totenberg, Southern Poverty Law Center Founder and Chief Legal Counsel Morris Dees, and MacArthur Foundation Managing Director Cecilia Conrad will receive honorary degrees and address the Class of 2017 at the university's 117th Commencement exercises May 13-15. Former Chief Official White House Photographer…
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EPI Supports Rhode Island Proposal to Expand Youth Minimum Wage

Points to research showing value of training wages that keep career pathways open for young jobseekers Washington – Today the Employment Policies Institute (EPI) announced support for legislation that would greatly-expand the training wage in Rhode Island, to keep career pathways open for young jobseekers. Rhode Island State Representative Kenneth J. Mendonça is testifying before the House Committee on Labor today in support of legislation he cosponsored that would cap the minimum wage for young employees under 20 years of age at $ (The state's current training wage law applies to full-time students under age 19 who work at certain…
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Mayor Elorza Announces Expanded Investments along Broad Street Corridor

Highlights $ million in funds for revitalization including bike & pedestrian safety improvements, cultural tourism initiatives PROVIDENCE, RI - Mayor Jorge O. Elorza today joined elected officials, staff from the City's Planning and Development Department, Department of Public Works, and Department of Art, Culture + Tourism, as well as Rhode Island Latino Arts (RILA) Executive Director Marta Martinez and President and CEO of the Providence Warwick Convention & Visitors Bureau Martha Sheridan at the Southside Cultural Center of Rhode Island's SouthLight Pavilion to announce expanded art, cultural and tourism investments along the Broad Street corridor. Mayor Elorza highlighted $ million…
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CMS releases quality data showing racial, ethnic and gender differences in Medicare Advantage

health care during National Minority Health Month In recognition of National Minority Health Month, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, Office of Minority Health (CMS OMH) released a pair of reports detailing the quality of care received by people enrolled in Medicare Advantage (MA). One report compares quality of care for women and men while the other report looks at racial and ethnic differences in health care experiences and clinical care, among women and men. Each April, in recognition of National Minority Health Month, CMS plans to make additional reports available online on the CMS OMH website. “This is…
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