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  • Chamber Celebrates Past and Future at 150th Annual Meeting

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    As published in the Providence Business News on November 21, 2017:

    PROVIDENCE – With 700 of Providence’s business leaders in attendance Monday evening at the R.I. Convention Center, the Greater Providence Chamber of Commerce kicked off a year-long celebration of its 150th anniversary with an administrative transition and a major corporate announcement.

    The big news came during a roundtable discussion at the end of the association’s annual meeting dinner, when Chamber President Laurie White sat with Gov. Gina M. Raimondo, Hasbro Inc. Chairman and CEO Brian Goldner and Virgin Pulse CEO David Osborne to talk about economic development, they city and state’s recent successes, and in the case of Osborne and Virgin Pulse, a new win.

    In his remarks, Osborne fleshed out the company’s decision to move it global corporate headquarters from Framingham, Mass., to Providence. When the Virgin Group acquired local wellness program startup ShapeUp early in 2016, many, among them Raimondo, assumed that the significant workforce that had grown in Providence would soon be leaving for the Virgin Pulse headquarters in Massachusetts.

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