2007-07

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Aerotropolis

Some said their goodbyes to a way of life they expected to soon vanish. South of the city, the Neuse River would still spill into the swamps, but before long the narrow blacktops through the cotton fields around Kinston would be packed with commuters and trucks.
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CEO likes treading on the big wheels

Joe Rayna didn’t have much choice about moving Bridgestone Aircraft Tire (USA) Inc. from Miami. The federal Department of Transportation needed the property it was on near Miami International Airport, and “there is precious little land available for industrial use in South Florida,” the CEO of the maker of airliner tires explains.
2007-07

Current assets

It’s easy to forget chronic concerns while fighting froth and fury at the U.S. National Whitewater Center, which opened last fall outside Charlotte. That’s because they’re drowned out by more-immediate worries — such as how to stay in the raft and avoid plunging into the soggy swirl.
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Developer will avert industrial revolution

Given Chapel Hill’s reputation as a bohemian college town that frowns on commerce, it figures that its first economic-development officer would have an unusual background. But Dwight Bassett’s might raise eyebrows even there.
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Fuel prices shouldn't keep execs from hitting the gas

Tar Heel businessmen still grumble about taxes and fuel costs — and they probably won’t stop anytime soon — but overall they like what they see in the near future.
2007-07

He gives fare warning about lifting transit tax

Ron Tober doesn’t mind being a bureaucrat people love to hate. “I’m used to heavy-duty urban politics,” the CEO of the Charlotte Area Transit System says. “You need thick skin, and you need to maintain your cool and keep your facts straight.”
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He's selling along on moonlight bray

Dick Sears doesn’t understand why people care so much about his moonlighting. “Every mayor I know has another job.” Raleigh Mayor Charles Meeker is a law partner at Parker Poe Adams & Bernstein; Charlotte Mayor Pat McCrory is a Duke Energy executive. So why the fuss over the Holly Springs mayor’s part-time job?
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Health-care system puts a premium on its physicians

Novant Health Inc. is sick of medical malpractice. The health-care system, based in Winston-Salem, paid more than $10.8 million last year to insure its hospitals and doctors, more than twice what it paid in 2001. “Costs have doubled during a time in which we’ve had less risk and less coverage,” spokesman Jim Tobalski says.
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In business to make good laws

How can private business influence government decisions? And should it? Those were two questions addressed by a panel of experts assembled by Winston-Salem-based law firm Womble Carlyle Sandridge & Rice PLLC.
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No borders

Troy McConnell emerges from his corner office at Batanga.com in Greensboro like a groundhog from its den. At the close of a midweek workday, the president and chief operating officer of the entertainment Web site looks a bit frazzled after hours on the phone.
2007-07

Plan for water park is all wet, critics say

Folks in Hickory are still smarting over Concord and Kannapolis winning state approval to draw 10 million gallons a day from the Catawba River. Now they believe the county that’s home to those cities is rubbing salt in the wound.
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The whelp of nations

As Stalin’s first Five-Year Plan and Mao’s Great Leap Forward both show, efforts by the state to manipulate economic activity can trigger tragedy. But blood also stains Adam Smith’s “invisible hand.”
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