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  • Bryant University and Rhode Island Foundation partner for virtual panel series, “Pandemic Economics: What does it mean for Rhode Island?”

    Bryant University and the Rhode Island Foundation are partnering on a series of moderated Zoom panel discussions with leaders and policy makers to help Rhode Islanders understand the economic impact of COVID-19 and how the state can move forward toward recovery and growth for all.

    To follow are details on each event and distinguished panelists for “Pandemic Economics: What does it mean for Rhode Island?” The events are free and open to the public, but registration is required. Register here.

    A Time for Strategic Leadership | Monday, May 11, 10:00 a.m.

    COVID-19 and Public Finances in Rhode Island | Wednesday, May 27, 10:00 a.m.

    • Jeffrey Thompson, Economist and Vice President, New England Public Policy Center, Federal Reserve Bank of Boston,
    • Paul Dion, Chief, Office of Revenue Analysis, Rhode Island Department of Revenue 
    • Michael DiBiase, President and CEO, Rhode Island Public Expenditure Council
    • Gary Sasse, Director, Bryant University Hassenfeld Institute for Public Leadership

    COVID-19, Jobs and Sectoral Changes | Monday, June 8, 10:00 a.m.

    • Edinaldo Tebaldi, Ph.D., Professor of Economics, Bryant University  
    • Scott R. Jensen, Director, Rhode Island Department of Labor and Training 
    • Laurie White, President of the Greater Providence Chamber of Commerce
    • Kim A. Keck, President and Chief Executive Officer, Blue Cross & Blue Shield of RI

    “The Rhode Island economy has been hit hard by the COVID-19 pandemic. As educators, we at Bryant are pleased to be a part of this effort to help people better understand the impact of this crisis on the state’s economy as leaders develop policies that will have an impact on all,” says Bryant University President Ronald K. Machtley, former U.S. Congressman, and longtime member and past President of the Rhode Island Public Expenditure Council Board of Directors. “A well-designed policy must leverage factors that promote economic resilience and growth.”

     “With so many individuals and businesses in Rhode Island struggling, and growing unemployment, it is critically important for state leaders to pull together and find innovative ways to move the state through this crisis and beyond,” said Rhode Island Foundation President and CEO Neil D. Steinberg. “As the state's community foundation, the well-being of our neighbors of all ages and walks of life is our highest priority, and we will take steps to help develop programs that will enable people to bridge this hardship and forge a path to a successful recovery.” 

    Topics for discussion

    Topics for this series of panel discussions will include: what public, private, non-profit, and higher education leaders can do to help ensure a strong recovery; lessons from the 2008-09 recession that can be leveraged to avoid lagging regional and national recovery; state and local revenues, budgets, spending and the effect on the economy; what shape the recovery will take; how long it will take for businesses to reopen and to start to recover jobs; which sectors will/could lead the recovery and which sectors will take a long(er) time to recover.


    About Bryant University 
    For 157 years, Bryant University has been at the forefront of delivering an exceptional education that anticipates the future and prepares students to be innovative leaders of character in a changing world. Located on a contemporary campus in Smithfield, R.I., Bryant enrolls approximately 3800 undergraduate students from 38 states and 49 countries. Bryant is recognized as a leader in international education and regularly receives top rankings from U.S. News and World Report, Money, Bloomberg Businessweek, The Wall Street Journal, College Factual, and Barron's. Visit www.Bryant.edu


    About the Rhode Island Foundation

    The Rhode Island Foundation is the largest and most comprehensive funder of nonprofit organizations in Rhode Island. Working with generous and visionary donors, the Foundation raised $47 million and awarded a record $56 million in grants to organizations addressing the state’s most pressing issues and needs of diverse communities in 2019. Through leadership, fundraising and grant-making activities, often in partnership with individuals and organizations, the Foundation is helping Rhode Island reach its true potential. For more information, visit rifoundation.org.


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