September 2014

The suitcase CEO

How N.C. can Extended Stay America be when CEO Jim Donald lives in Washington state?

Cover Story

Life shucks

A money manager forsakes a career in high finance to spend his days wading in the muck as an oyster farmer.

Life shucks

Timber tantrum

Environmentalists try to chip away at the rapid growth in exports of wood pellets.

Timber tantrum

Top 75 public companies

Bank of America tops our annual list, which includes 10 newcomers this year.

Top 75

Latest Blog Posts

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.

The Facebook effect: $707 million in NC

By Cathy Martin - Sep 03, 2014 - 3:00:00 pm

Facebook Inc.'s Forest City data center, which employs fewer than 100 people, has had a $707 million economic impact since 2010, according to a report prepared by Research Triangle Park-based RTI International. 

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

Fayetteville may link chicken-plant incentives to local hiring

(The Fayetteville Observer)

Fayetteville City Council may require Sanderson Farms to hire mostly Cumberland County contractors to build its proposed $113 million chicken plant in order for the Mississippi-based company to receive local incentives. The city could also require the poultry producer to hire county residents to fill the majority of its 1,000 jobs.

Developer proposes $60 million project in midtown Charlotte

(The Charlotte Observer)

A local developer wants a 1.7-acre parcel in midtown Charlotte rezoned for a $60 million mixed-use project. Baxter Place, across the street from Charlotte's Metropolitan development, would include an eight-story building with a hotel, offices and retail space. Goode Properties' project plan is 40 feet higher than the location's current height restrictions.

Film industry awaits guidelines for new grant program

(StarNews, Wilmington)

Film productions are still waiting to learn how to apply for the state's new grant program, which will go into effect in 2015. Johnny Griffin, director of the Wilmington Regional Film Commission, says television and film projects planning to film in early 2015 will begin searching for locations by early October.

GKN Driveline breaks ground on $100 million plant expansion

(The Charlotte Observer)

GKN Driveline broke ground on a previously announced expansion at its Catawba County plant. The company, which makes automotive components including all-wheel-drive systems and transmissions, plans to hire 228 workers by 2018. 

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. 

High Point mayor resigns, pleads guilty to worthless check charge

(News & Record, Greensboro)

High Point Mayor Bernita Sims resigned Wednesday and pleaded guilty to a felony charge of writing a worthless check. A Guilford County Superior Court judge sentenced Sims to six months house arrest and 4 and a half years of supervised probation.

Coal-ash bill to become law without McCrory's signature

(The News & Observer, Raleigh)

Gov. Pat McCrory will allow the coal-ash bill approved by the state General Assembly to become law effective Sept. 19 without his endorsement. McCrory says the bill undermines the authority of the executive branch by giving the legislature six of nine appointments to an oversight commission.

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2014 Health Care Conference

Presented by the North Carolina Chamber.

The North Carolina Chamber’s Health Care Conference focuses on how to improve current health care delivery and what employers are doing across the country to address health care needs and costs.

When: October 23, 2014

Where: Durham

BNC Pulse

Poll: Expanding incentives Should Gov. McCrory call a special legislative session to increase economic-development incentives?  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.