November 2014

Land's end

As the shoreline creeps closer, coastal leaders debate the need for bold action or quiet restraint.

Land's end

The new old thing

For many Tar Heel manufacturers, the future looks a lot like the past.

Raleigh Denim

Edifice rex

Education and medical projects dominate the inaugural Building North Carolina Awards.

Building NC

On the waterfront

Wilmington must change its economic-development strategy if it wants to be somebody.

Port City

Latest Blog Posts

Unemployment rate declines to 6.3% in October

By Courtney Price - Nov 21, 2014 - 3:45:00 pm

North Carolina's unemployment rate fell to 6.3% in October, still higher than the national level of 5.8%.

Zapata expansion to add 35 jobs

By Courtney Price - Nov 20, 2014 - 11:45:00 am

Charlotte-based Zapata Inc., an architecture, engineering and construction management firm, plans to create 35 jobs over two years.

Special Reports and Publications

North Carolina Economic Development Guide

The established source for of information for businesses considering expansion or relocation here. Includes economic data for each county, a conversation with Commerce Secretary Sharon Decker and case studies of businesses who have found success here.

Manufacturing Round Table

Textile and furniture mills turned poor Tar Heel tobacco laborers into middle-class earners. Now that many of those jobs have been shipped overseas, it's time to examine the future of the industry in NC.

North Carolina Higher Education Directory

A comprehensive guide to higher education in the state, with information about North Carolina's public and private colleges, universities and community colleges.

Focus on Guilford County

Companies can't help but notice the abundance of assets in Guilford County.

Top 75 Public Companies

Investors show an appetite for companies on our list of the Top 75 publicly traded based in North Carolina.

Daily Digest

NCDOT studies impact of fracking on rural roads

(Winston-Salem Journal)

Officials from the N.C. Department of Transportation are taking a look at how rural roads could be affected by increased truck traffic associated with hydraulic fracturing. Many of the roads were built for small agriculture operations and were not designed to carry the weight of trucks hauling chemicals and heavy equipment.

NC likely to take legislative action on Uber, Lyft

(The Charlotte Observer)

North Carolina is among at least 20 states likely to propose legislation in 2015 for ridesharing companies including Lyft and Uber, which operates in 10 North Carolina cities, more than any state but California. The companies are drawn to the state's midsize cities with young populations but lack of mass transit.

Asheville sets tourism record in October

(Asheville Citizen-Times)

Buncombe County's hotel occupancy rate reached 86.2% in October, a 7.1% increase over last year's rate and the highest ever, according to hotel-data company STR Global. Asheville Convention & Visitors Bureau plans to spend a record $4 million on advertising for the fiscal year which began July 1 (Statewide, October).

Lumber Bridge poultry plant gives away Thanksgiving dinners for more than 17,000

(The Fayetteville Observer)

Mountaire Farms in Robeson County donated food for about 17,500 people as part of the company's Thanksgiving for Thousands program. Ninety-seven churches will help distribute the food boxes, which include chickens, yams, brownie mix and cranberry sauce. 

Republicans nominate Tim Moore for House speaker

(The News & Observer, Raleigh)

N.C. House Republicans selected Kings Mountain native Tim Moore as nominee for House speaker. Moore, 44, will succeed Thom Tillis if the full House elects him when the legislature begins its new session in January. 

Gil stepping down as dean at UNC Chapel Hill


Karen Gil will step down as dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at UNC Chapel Hill at the end of the 2014-15 academic year. She will return to teaching in the department of psychology. Gil, who became dean in 2009, was mentioned in the recent Wainstein report on academic fraud at the university but was not implicated in the scandal.

Hood to lead John William Pope Foundation

(The News & Observer, Raleigh)

John Locke Foundation president John Hood will succeed former state Budget Director Art Pope as head of the John William Pope Foundation, which provides grants to conservative causes and charity organizations. Hood will continue his work at the John Locke Foundation as board chairman. 

UNC Chapel Hill silent about accreditation status


UNC Chapel Hill officials haven't said whether a letter sent to the university from a regional accrediting organization outlines any areas of non-compliance with accrediting standards. The university has until early January to respond to the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.

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Economic Forecast Forum

A program of the North Carolina Chamber and the North Carolina Bankers Association.

Monday, January 5

BNC Pulse

Poll: Medicaid expansion Gov. Pat McCrory said he is considering expanding Medicaid, the health-insurance plan for the poor and disabled. Should North Carolina expand Medicaid?  Yes  No

N.C. Family Business of the Year Winners

Schiffman's Jeweler's, K&W Cafeterias, Rose Chauffeured Transportation and Carolina Management Team have been recognized by the Wake Forest University Family Business Center and Business North Carolina with the 2014 North Carolina Family Business of the Year Awards.