September 2014

This is the place

Robeson is the state's poorest and most violent county, battered by forces that stole its chance to escape that fate.

Cover Story

An udder world

Ecuadorean investors team up with Tar Heel cattlemen to milk more profit from new brands of dairy products.

Photo feature

Pie in the sky

North Carolina wants to be first in unmanned flight, but the state is already falling behind in this air-space race.

The drone zone

Great ain't good enough

Tourism is thriving, so why is the state changing the way it goes after guests?

Tourism in NC

Latest Blog Posts

Charlotte software company to create 603 jobs

By Cathy Martin - Sep 15, 2014 - 1:00:00 pm

AvidXchange, a Charlotte-based software company, plans to quadruple the size of its local workforce, adding 603 jobs to its existing 200 by the end of 2018.

Raleigh clinical trials company plans IPO

By David Mildenberg - Sep 09, 2014 - 1:00:00 pm

Raleigh contract research organization PRA Health Sciences Inc. filed for a $375 million public offering.

Special Reports and Publications

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.

Top 75 Public Companies

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

Research North Carolina

The concepts, processes and technologies created in North Carolina's private and public institutions are laying the groundwork for economic success in our state.

Financial 100

Community banks and credit unions show resilience as the battered economy regains strength.

The Law Journal

Top Tar Heel lawyers identify some of the most important issues impeding business in the state.

Daily Digest

HCL Technologies adding 1,237 jobs in Cary

(The News & Observer, Raleigh)

HCL America was awarded up to $19.6 million in state incentives to create 1,237 jobs in Cary over the next five years. The technology-services company has created 513 jobs since 2008, when it received a $5 million incentive. The company, a subsidiary of India-based HCL Technologies, chose North Carolina over New York, Arizona and Texas for the new jobs. 

NC solar projects awarded $55 million in federal funding

(The News & Observer, Raleigh)

The U.S. Department of Agriculture announced $55.3 million in federal loan guarantees for 22 solar energy projects in North Carolina, including ones in Hertford, Columbus and Warren Counties.

Uptown park kicks off First Ward development project in Charlotte

(The Charlotte Observer)

Charlotte developer Daniel Levine broke ground Thursday on a 4-acre park in uptown's First Ward. The park is the first phase of a major redevelopment project that will create what Levine calls Charlotte's version of New York's Greenwich Village. The development could include as much as $1 billion in offices, retail, hotels and 1,500 residential units and will take 12 to 15 years to build, Levine says.

Raleigh drone developer raises $10 million in funding

(The News & Observer, Raleigh)

Indiana-based drone developer PrecisionHawk has raised $10 million in venture capital funding, which will allow the company to double its work force of 45. The company's CEO and two vice presidents are based in Raleigh ("Pie in the sky," September). PrecisionHawk collects and analyzes data collected by sensors and software built into its unmanned aerial vehicles.

USDA cites concerns about state food-stamp program

(Winston-Salem Journal)

The U.S. Department of Agriculture sent a letter to state Health Secretary Aldona Wos citing 38 regulatory deficiencies in North Carolina's food-stamp program. The letter and accompanying report was based on a fiscal 2014 management evaluation of the state program and programs in Guilford, Pitt and Wake counties.

Governor unveils 25-year transportation plan

(The News & Observer, Raleigh)

Gov. Pat McCrory announced a 25-year transportation plan that puts a major emphasis on improving roads and accessibility in rural areas. McCrory said he will ask the 2015 legislature to approve revenue bonds for highway projects. The plan also calls for expanding light rail and mass transit in urban areas and improving rail and road links from the ports to I-95 and the military bases. 
Click here to view the governor's 25-year transportation plan. 

McCrory, DOT Secretary Tata to unveil long-term transportation plan

(Winston-Salem Journal)

Gov. Pat McCrory and N.C. Transportation Secretary Tony Tata will visit four North Carolina counties today to unveil a 25-year transportation plan. The tour will begin this morning at Wilmington International Airport, followed by stops in Greenville and Winston-Salem before concluding in Asheville.

NJ Gov. Christie in Wilmington to support Tillis

(StarNews, Wilmington)

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie joined N.C. House Speaker Thom Tillis in Wilmington Tuesday to support Tillis' campaign for U.S. Senate. About 40 protestors demonstrated outside The Dixie Grill, where the lawmakers attended a rally, many disgruntled over Tillis' involvement in reducing North Carolina's film incentives.

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NC Tech Awards

The premier statewide technology awards program, presented by the North Carolina Technology Association.

When: November 6, 2014

Where: Raleigh Convention Center

BNC Pulse

Poll What is the most important issue in November's election?  Jobs/economy  Health care  National security  Immigration  Education

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.