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

About 600 turn out for final fracking meeting

(Asheville Citizen-Times)

About 600 people attended the state's final public hearing on hydraulic-fracturing regulations. The majority of the speakers at the four-hour meeting in Cullowhee opposed the practice. The N.C. Geological Survey retreated from plans to collect rock samples in Western N.C. to test for potential shale-gas deposits.

Charlotte airport seeks to borrow $100 million for next phase of expansion

(The Charlotte Observer)

Charlotte Douglas International Airport plans to borrow $100 million from PNC Bank for terminal renovations and additional parking. The projects are part of a $1 billion planned expansion. The airport's new $120 million hourly parking deck is scheduled to open in November.

Dollar stores proliferate in southeastern NC

(StarNews, Wilmington)

The nation's top three dollar-store chains operate a combined 40 stores in New Hanover, Brunswick and Pender counties, and more are planned. The smaller-store format allows the stores to act as corner or convenience stores in locations without grocery stores nearby.

XPO Logistics to grow in Charlotte

(The Charlotte Observer)

The CEO of XPO Logisitics says the shipping company plans to keep growing through acquisitions, and its Charlotte office, where it employs more than 360 workers, will grow as well. The Greenwich, Conn.-based shipping company completed a $615 million acquisition of High Point-based New Breed Logistics earlier this month.

Decker embarks on overseas trade mission as state incentive fund dwindles

(The News & Observer, Raleigh)

Commerce Secretary Sharon Decker heads to Japan this week on a jobs-recruitment mission, days after Gov. Pat McCrory said he will not reconvene the state legislature to expand the state's economic-development incentives. McCrory said he would consider calling a special session if a major job-recruitment effort develops.

DHHS secretary says agency must rebuild before expanding Medicaid

(Winston-Salem Journal)

Dr. Aldona Wos, secretary of the state Department of Health and Human Services, says the crippled agency − which has not undergone a restructuring in more than 40 years despite changes in the health-care industry − is focused on rebuilding its foundation and creating stability.

UNC board to review research centers

(The News & Observer, Raleigh)

The UNC Board of Governors is reviewing more than 200 research institutes and policy centers at public universities across the state. A seven-member board will begin the review, which will assess whether the institutes are unbiased and fit with the schools' missions. 

Former Congress members present ideas to end political gridlock

(The Charlotte Observer)

Two former members of Congress spoke in Charlotte about ways to fix the nation's political process, including placing limits on filibusters, holding open primaries and increasing citizen involvement. Former Sen. Olympia Snowe and former Rep. Dan Glickman are among five co-chairs of a bi-partisan commission tasked with developing reforms for America's political divide. 

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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.