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Providence Preservation Society presents: 2020 Providence Symposium, Whose Places Matter (And Why)?

November 12-21

What kind of future do we want for Providence? How do communities participate more fully in the conversations about the shape of our city and the places we celebrate? And what is the role of preservationists in helping to restore healthier, more equitable communities where everyone’s history matters?

This year’s Providence Symposium will explore the systems that have shaped our built environment and the communities that inhabit it. As we heed the calls for urgent institutional change, a field based on the power of preservation must consider how to tear down and build anew. PPS invites community conversation and visioning about which places matter and why. More information and to register.

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Volunteer at AIA: Get involved

Volunteering on a national committee may be just the experience for you. AIA offers various opportunities to grow your network, give back, share knowledge, and support your profession’s growth and development. National committees are a great way to stretch your leadership.

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Socially Distanced BEACH Cleanup

Sponsored by the Committee on the Environment (COTE) 

Socially Distanced BEACH Cleanup

With a few friends/family at your favorite RI Beach

 

Please submit photos to  by 9/15

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Restore RI Grants Available

Restore RI, a Program of Rhode Island Commerce, is targeted at small businesses that have been most severely impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. The program will provide eligible businesses with grants of up to $15,000. Businesses with more than one employee (in addition to the owner) but not more than 20 are eligible for this program. Sole proprietors with at least one employee are also eligible to apply. Learn more

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AIA National Board statement on systemic racial injustice

On 6/4 the AIA National Board of Directors released the following statement on systemic racial injustice. 

"America’s list of racially motivated murders demand action. Eric Garner. Sandra Bland. Michael Brown. Shantel Davis. Atatiana Jefferson. Laquan McDonald. Tony McDade. Pamela Turner. Korryn Gaines. Trayvon Martin. Tamir Rice. Walter Scott. Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, and George Floyd. All murdered, because they happened to be black in the United States of America. There are others, and, sadly, we know there will be more. No words can adequately express the depth of anger, frustration, and national shame for their loss or the more than 1,250 black lives ended by police since January 1, 2015, according to The Washington Post’s database that tracks police shootings.

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Updated Paycheck Protection Program Information

From the US Small Business Adminisration:

As of May 16, 2020, 4,341,145 PPP loans have been approved nationwide totaling $513,271,137,359 from 5,496 lenders. Here in Rhode Island, 15,857 Rhode Island small businesses have been approved for PPP loans totaling $1,857,053,019.

PPP funds are still available to small business in need. For information on participating lenders or how to apply contact  //' + emailE + '') //]]> " target="_blank" rel="noopener">

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ReStart RI seminar: Let SCORE Help You with the “Nuts and Bolts” of Reopening your Business on 5/21/2020

SCORE is hosting its second ReStart RI seminar this Thursday! In this web-based interactive workshop, SCORE will provide actionable advice to questions on the “nuts and bolts” of reopening your business. 

Join this Thursday, May 21st at 1:00 PM to learn how SCORE can help your small business during this dynamic and often confusing time. The workshop will focus on the thorny issues small businesses are facing in getting restarted. Several experienced professionals will also answer your questions live on issues such as:

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