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

Lot full

A Charlotte startup thinks it's the future of parking. But it's struggling to find a space in its hometown.

Passport Parking

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

Raleigh's Republic Wireless ranked No. 1 prepaid carrier

(The News & Observer, Raleigh)

Raleigh-based Republic Wireless unseated TracFone as the top-rated prepaid cellphone provider in Consumer Reports magazine's latest ranking. Republic, a spinoff of Raleigh-based, allows users to make calls over wireless Internet networks with cellular service as a backup when Wi-Fi isn't available ("Calling Ahead," September 2013).

Halifax Media sold to New York publisher for $280M

(StarNews, Wilmington)

New York-based New Media Investment Group will acquire Daytona Beach, Fla.-based Halifax Media Group for $280 million in cash. Halifax publishes 36 newspapers in six Southeastern states, including The Gaston Gazette, The Shelby Star, Wilmington-based StarNews and eight others in North Carolina. New Media's portfolio includes 450 community publications in 27 states.

Dollar Tree expects FTC approval of Family Dollar deal

(The Charlotte Observer)

Dollar Tree CEO Bob Sasser said Thursday he expects federal antitrust regulators will approve his company's proposed $8.5 billion acquisition of Matthews-based Family Dollar Stores without requiring it to divest too many stores. The companies agreed to sell as many as 500 stores, though Sasser told analysts he expects that number will be smaller, which could make the deal more attractive to shareholders.

Wilmington startup launches app for wine and beer drinkers

(WRAL TechWire)

Wilmington-based Next Glass launched on Thursday its much-anticipated app designed to help beer and wine drinkers find brands they will like. The tech startup held its beta launch on Nov. 5, with 20,000 people signing up within 24 hours. Next Glass has raised more than $3 million from investors, according to CEO Kurt Taylor.

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.

NC seniors hit hard by dropped Medicare plans

(The Charlotte Observer) 

More than 57,000 senior citizens in North Carolina have been notified their private Medicare plans will be discontinued in 2015, the most of any state according to nonprofit group Kaiser Family Foundation. Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina, one of the state's biggest providers of the Medicare Advantage programs, is ending two of its HMO plans in 11 counties, though affected residents will be offered different plans with higher premiums and copays.

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Emerging Tech + Trends

A North Carolina Technology Association event.

When: Friday, December 19, 2014

Where: Research Triangle Foundation

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.