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Jessica David
Jessica David
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R&D to the marketplace at Tinker|Bristol
By Jessica David / February 24, 2015
Located in Bristol’s historic manufacturing district, Tinker|Bristol will serve manufacturers, entrepreneurs, businesses, hobbyists and makers of all stripes, offering affordable access to shared space, rapid prototyping equipment, tools, 3-D printers and technologies.

Aligning education and industry for workforce development that works
By Jessica David / February 18, 2015
Texas State Technical College’s public funding is based on the five-year earnings of its graduates. College for America at Southern New Hampshire University offers an online competency-based college education for $2,500/year.

Investing in innovation
By Jessica David / February 3, 2015
Rhode Island's composites industry has critical mass coupled with strong education and training capabilities, mold-building capacity, and a long tradition of innovation.

Don't stop at 12...
By Jessica David / December 17, 2014
Every day is an opportunity to give something back to the community, and there are more great organizations than we could spotlight over the course of a year.

Tell us your bold idea for Rhode Island
By Jessica David / December 5, 2014
Submit your application by December 12 to receive $300,000 over three years.

Buy local to be a champion for Rhode Island’s economy
By Jessica David / December 1, 2014
Buying local supports good jobs, keeps money in the Rhode Island economy longer, and strengthens our economic and tax base.

Make It Happen RI, two years later
By Jessica David / September 8, 2014
Two years ago today, we gathered with 300 business and community leaders at the Rhode Island Convention Center for Make It Happen RI. Our goal was to generate new ideas and specific action steps for improving Rhode Island’s economy. We are frequently asked, so what happened?, and the two-year mark seems like a good chance to reflect.

Getting people back to work
By Jessica David / July 25, 2014
SAMI is an eight-week training program to help unemployed Rhode islanders connect with jobs in the marine trades and manufacturing industries. The program recruits, screens, and trains individuals for high demand careers in these industries at no cost to participants.

Promoting entrepreneurship for economic growth
By Jessica David / July 17, 2014
Venture for America’s mission is to create jobs and revitalize communities through entrepreneurship.

Lynn Taylor is helping RI defeat Hep C
By Jessica David / May 21, 2014
May is Hepatitis Awareness Month in the United States, so it seems appropriate to catch you up on the work of Lynn E. Taylor, MD, 2013 Rhode Island Innovation Fellow.

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