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

On the waterfront

Wilmington must change its economic-development strategy if it wants to be somebody.

Port City

Latest Blog Posts

N.C. Railroad Co. investing $13 million

By David Mildenberg - Nov 26, 2014 - 5:45:00 pm

The North Carolina Railroad Co.’s board approved more than $13 million in improvements.

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%.

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

Attorney general appeals utility rate rule

(The News & Observer, Raleigh)

North Carolina Attorney General Roy Cooper appealed a state rule Monday that allows water utilities to raise rates without holding public hearings. The rule was approved in May by the N.C. Utilities Commission in a rate case for Cary-based Aqua North Carolina and applies only to private water-and-sewer utilities. The attorney general's office told the N.C. Supreme Court that the rule doesn't give enough consideration to customers.

Charlotte home prices rise in September

(The Charlotte Observer)

As home sale prices nationally continued to slow in September, the Charlotte area posted higher year-over-year appreciation compared with August. Prices were 3.3% higher than September a year ago, while August saw a 2.5% annual gain. Dallas was the only other city to post higher gains.

Boone brewery plans to add cider

(The Watauga Democrat, Boone)

Boone-based Appalachian Mountain Brewery Inc. is seeking permits to add cider to its operation. The company's CEO says Hard Mountain Cider LLC, a subsidiary of the brewery, already has a winery permit from the federal Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau to produce hard cider. The cider operation will likely start with three employees, and production could begin by the end of this year.

Brunswick to buy land once owned by leader

(The Star News, Wilmington)

Brunswick County plans to purchase 35 acres of waterfront property that was once partly owned by its board chairman, Phil Norris. The $3.5 million deal will close on Dec. 12. It was set up by Norris, who says he took a minimal role after suggesting the property to the parks and recreation department who were looking for land for a waterfront park. Independent appraisers value the land at more than $7.7 million. 

Recount confirms Beasley's court race win

(The News & Observer, Raleigh)

Cheri Beasley, an associate justice, was confirmed the winner in the statewide N.C. Supreme Court race after a recount was completed Monday. The final tally showed Beasley received 5,410 more votes than opponent Mike Robinson, a Winston-Salem lawyer, out of more than 2.4 million votes cast. Beasley was appointed to the seat in 2012. 

Media groups file public-records lawsuit over UNC investigation


Ten media organizations filed a lawsuit Monday to obtain names of UNC Chapel Hill staff members who were fired or disciplined following the release of the 131-page Wainstein report on academic fraud at the university. North Carolina's public-records law states that details regarding the demotion, suspension or dismissal of state employees must be made available to the public.

Republicans nominate Tim Moore for House speaker

(The News & Observer, Raleigh)

N.C. House Republicans selected Kings Mountain native Tim Moore as nominee for House speaker. Moore, 44, will succeed Thom Tillis if the full House elects him when the legislature begins its new session in January. 

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.

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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: 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.