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Rhode Island Tip Sheet: Will RI leverage its assets?

August 19, 2011

STATE OF THE STATE: Charlie Kroll, who founded Andera as a student at Brown, is one of the reigning counter-examples to those who talk doom and gloom about Rhode Island’s economy. His company keeps growing — it’s relocating to the unused one-time American Express building near the State House — and Andera’s success stems from technology and innovation. Kroll loves living in Providence. And he says relocating wouldn’t be worth the hassle of picking up stakes. Given all this, I put the essential question to him during a taping this morning of WPRI/WNAC-TV’s Newsmakers: How do we get more Charlie Krolls, or, in other words, how do we diminish the brain drain in which smart young people flee RI for jobs elsewhere? Kroll said he gets that question a lot and doesn’t have a ready answer. Sometimes, it seems, you just need more of the momentum that helped make him, his company, and likeminded folks a success.

LUNA ARRANGEMENTS: A wake is set Sunday for Miguel Luna, with a funeral Mass, burial and reception on Monday.

THE MAKING OF AN ACTIVIST: Luna pursued his passion for politics despite being told not to as a young person in the Dominican Republic.

PORT PROSPECTS: Jim Bennett, Providence’s new director of economic development, says hundreds of jobs can be created at the Port of Providence. He joined us during the first half of Newsmakers.

STATE OF THE LANGUAGE: Slate on what makes slang stick.

AOL: Is Patch keeping it from being profitable?

IMMIGRATION: The Obama administration, reports the Boston Globe, is shifting its focus to deporting convicted criminals.

FACEBOOK: The social-media giant can be a big help to newspapers, at least in Europe. (h/t Romenesko)

NESI: Providence is closing in on ending its overnight parking ban.

BIRTHDAY: Arlene Violet; Tom Mooney; Gianfranco Marrocco.

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