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

Three health care systems form shared-services company

(Winston-Salem Journal)

Winston-Salem-based Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center, Raleigh-based WakeMed and Greenville-based Vidant Health are forming a new partnership to lower supply chain costs and share certain IT infrastructure and clinical protocols. The three hospital systems will continue to operate independently after the formation of the new shared-services company, which has yet to be named.

Former Philip Morris plant will house electric battery maker

(The Charlotte Observer)

The company that bought the former Philip Morris cigarette plant in Concord will make batteries for electric vehicles and other commercial uses, according to online job advertisements. Victory Industrial Park paid $68.5 million for the 2,100-acre Cabarrus County site in April. A company spokesman said the business is not ready to make a formal announcement regarding its plans.

Family Dollar rejects Dollar General deal again

(The Charlotte Observer) 

Family Dollar rejected Dollar General's third offer within a month, asking shareholders not to sell stock to the Goodlettsville, Tenn.-based retailer. The companies' CEOs first met in October to discuss a potential merger. Matthews-based Family Dollar said Wednesday that CEO Howard Levine agreed at that time that if a deal was made, the combined company's headquarters would be in Tennessee.

UNC launches user-friendly website for online programs

(The News & Observer, Raleigh)

The UNC system launched a redesigned website this month with a goal of attracting more students to its online courses and programs. UNC Online trails other southern states in percentage of classes delivered by e-learning and has lost students to for-profit schools in recent years.

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.

NCDOT, SELC seek compromise on Bonner Bridge replacement

(The News & Observer, Raleigh)

The N.C. Department of Transportation is working with the Southern Environmental Law Center to find a solution to replace the Outer Banks' Bonner Bridge. The SELC has proposed a 17-mile bridge to replace the aging structure, while the DOT wants to build a less expensive parallel bridge. The two parties say they are in talks to work out a compromise.

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Events

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.