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

Three Charlotte women on power ranking

By David Mildenberg - Sep 22, 2014 - 5:00:00 pm

Women bankers in Charlotte show up on most-powerful list.

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.

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

State unemployment rate rises to 6.8%

(The News & Observer, Raleigh)

North Carolina's unemployment rate rose for the second straight month, from 6.5% in July to 6.8% in August. The state added 12,500 jobs, led by 8,500 government positions which likely includes new teacher hires.

IBM unveils new RTP data center

(WRAL.com)

IBM will unveil a 72,000-square-foot data center at its Research Triangle Park campus on Monday. The Armonk, N.Y.-based tech company operates 150 such centers worldwide and employs about 7,500 in RTP. 

PepsiCo exec to become president of R.J. Reynolds Tobacco

(Winston-Salem Journal)

Reynolds-American named Debra Crew president of subsidiary R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co. effective Oct. 1. Crew comes from PepsiCo, where she has held various executive leadership roles. She replaces Andrew Gilchrist, who will become an executive vice president with the parent company. 

Duke Energy identifies five properties for site-readiness program

(Winston-Salem Journal)

Duke Energy has chosen five central N.C. locations for its site-readiness program. Properties selected for the program, which the utility will help market for corporate expansions and relocations, include a 320-acre tract in Guildford County and a 1,470-acre site in Chatham County, which economic developers have touted as a potential "megasite" for an auto manufacturer. Other sites include ones in Lincoln, Rowan and Vance counties.

Decker, Commerce officials return from Japan, meetings with auto-manufacturers

(The News & Observer, Raleigh)

Commerce Secretary Sharon Decker and other department officials spent four days in Tokyo last week, attending an annual conference with officials from other Southeastern states and meeting with auto and auto-related businesses. North Carolina has three "megasites" at various stages of development that could attract a major auto-maker.

USDA cites concerns about state food-stamp program

(Winston-Salem Journal)

The U.S. Department of Agriculture sent a letter to state Health Secretary Aldona Wos citing 38 regulatory deficiencies in North Carolina's food-stamp program. The letter and accompanying report was based on a fiscal 2014 management evaluation of the state program and programs in Guilford, Pitt and Wake counties.

Governor unveils 25-year transportation plan

(The News & Observer, Raleigh)

Gov. Pat McCrory announced a 25-year transportation plan that puts a major emphasis on improving roads and accessibility in rural areas. McCrory said he will ask the 2015 legislature to approve revenue bonds for highway projects. The plan also calls for expanding light rail and mass transit in urban areas and improving rail and road links from the ports to I-95 and the military bases. 
Click here to view the governor's 25-year transportation plan. 

McCrory, DOT Secretary Tata to unveil long-term transportation plan

(Winston-Salem Journal)

Gov. Pat McCrory and N.C. Transportation Secretary Tony Tata will visit four North Carolina counties today to unveil a 25-year transportation plan. The tour will begin this morning at Wilmington International Airport, followed by stops in Greenville and Winston-Salem before concluding in Asheville.

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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.