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BRISTOL, R.I. – At its core, the meaning of “innovation” isn’t particularly complicated. While 100 people may define it 100 different ways, innovation is essentially about actually solving a problem in the real world.
“You have to separate it from invention,” said Saul Kaplan, founder of the Business Innovation Factory and former executive director of the Rhode Island Economic Development Corporation, at the Mario J. Gabelli School of Business Leadership Institute Distinguished Leaders Series lecture on Nov. 13. “You can invent whatever technology you want, but if we can’t figure out how it translates to the real world to solve an actual problem and build a business model around it, it’s nothing but an interesting invention.”
BRISTOL, R.I., – The Community Partnerships Center at Roger Williams University starts the spring semester with 28 projects, serving nearly a dozen Rhode Island communities, including community development and Main Street revitalization initiatives in Providence, Woonsocket and Central Falls.
A key component of the University’s Affordable Excellence initiative, the CPC pairs students and faculty with local nonprofits, municipalities and other organizations to tackle community projects that often require specialized expertise or additional resources. Students apply classroom learning and gain real-world experience by engaging in community projects such as economic development research and planning, public policy formulation, architectural design and urban planning.
PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Rhode Island Gov. Lincoln D. Chafee today announced a formal partnership between the Rhode Island Economic Development Corporation and Roger Williams University to provide business support and other community revitalization efforts within the state’s core urban communities. The partnership was celebrated at a State House event today attended by Gov. Chafee, University President Donald J. Farish, Providence Mayor Angel Taveras, Woonsocket Mayor Leo Fontaine and Paul McGreevy, special assistant to the governor at RIEDC.
“A key economic development priority of my administration is the revitalization of Rhode Island’s urban communities, especially our main streets in Providence, Woonsocket, Pawtucket, Central Falls and West Warwick,” Governor Chafee said. “By engaging our educational institutions, we can begin to more actively utilize the skills and expertise of the excellent educational institutions within Rhode Island and also tap into the bright minds of our students for the good of the state’s economy.”