December 2014

Changing channels

Jim Goodmon gets ready to turn Capitol Broadcasting over to his sons.

Jim Goodmon

Brew Ha-Ha

Highland Brewing, our 2014 Small Business of the Year, attracts so much competition that it has to grow bigger to stay viable.

Brew Ha-Ha

Taking a shot at fame

Two Raleigh creatives pen a quirky brand to explore millennials' drinking culture.

Man v. Liver

The state's best doctors

Tar Heel doctors pick peers they consider to be the best physicians practicing in 32 medical specialties.

Best Doctors

Latest Blog Posts

N.C. Medicaid expansion has big benefits, study says

By David Mildenberg - Dec 18, 2014 - 3:15:00 pm

North Carolina could add 43,000 jobs and boost the economy by more than $10 billion by 2020 if the state expands Medicaid eligibility, according to a report by researchers at George Washington University.

Brunswick Co. builder named chair of ports board

By David Mildenberg - Dec 11, 2014 - 5:15:00 pm

Tom Adams, a Brunswick County building contractor, was named chairman of the North Carolina State Ports Authority board of directors.

Special Reports and Publications

North Carolina Mid-Market Fast 40

Our annual list of the fastest-growing middle-market companies in the state.

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.

Daily Digest

NC unemployment rate lowest since 2008


The state unemployment rate fell to 5.8% – the same as the national rate – in November, according to data released Friday by the N.C. Department of Commerce. Trade, transportation, utilities and manufacturing industries posted the biggest gains.

EPA coal-ash rules weaker than NC regulations


The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency ruled on Friday it will regulate coal ash much in the same way it regulates regular household garbage. Environmentalists had wanted the byproduct of coal-fired power plants to be treated as hazardous waste and subject to stricter standards.

Raleigh apartments sell for record $76.8M

(The News & Observer, Raleigh)

A 282-unit apartment complex in Raleigh's Cameron Village has sold for $76.8 million, or $272,000 per unit. Crescent Cameron Village, which includes 19,000 square feet of retail, is part of a $700 million portfolio sale announced by Charlotte-based Crescent Communities in October. The buyer is Boston-based Berkshire Property Advisors.

BofA's Moynihan defends board's decision

(The Charlotte Observer)

Bank of America CEO Brian Moynihan defended the Charlotte-based lender's decision to name him chairman, despite calls from some large investors who have asked the bank to hold a shareholder vote on the bylaw change that allows its CEO to serve in dual roles.

Regulator rejects request for homeowners' insurance rate hike

(Winston-Salem Journal)

Insurance Commissioner Wayne Goodwin denied the N.C. Rate Bureau's request to increase homeowners' insurance rates by a state average of 25.6%. Goodwin instead recommended a 0.3% statewide average decrease.

McCrory administration proposes Cabinet-level technology department

(The News & Observer, Raleigh)

State Chief Information Officer Chris Estes presented a proposal to a legislative committee that would create a Cabinet-level information-technology department. The department would improve efficiency by using compatible software across state agencies.

Report: Medicaid expansion could lower NC unemployment rate


A new report shows expanding Medicaid in North Carolina would create 43,000 jobs over five years. If Medicaid is not expanded by 2016, Mecklenburg and Wake counties each would create about 4,500 fewer jobs by 2020, according to the report from George Washington University.

Review panel approves fracking rules

(The News & Observer, Raleigh)

The Rules Review Commission approved proposed safety standards for fracking, the practice of horizontal drilling for natural gas. The rules will now go before the state legislature when it convenes in January.

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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: Rehab tax credits Should North Carolina restore historic-preservation tax credits for aging mills, factories and other structures?  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.