April 2014

Heart of coal

Ashes of what made Duke Energy so powerful now smudge its reputation.

Cover Story

Business with pleasure

The governor calls on the state's best courses to help him court commerce. Here's a list of the best in the state.

Feature

Skins game

Harold Varner takes aim at becoming one of the rarest things in golf — a black pro.

Feature

Just for Clicks

Best places to own a home in NC, and BJ Leiderman composes a theme song for BNC.

Just for Clicks

NC Trend

N.C. Employment

The North Carolina unemployment rate fell to 6.3% in March, down from 6.4% in February. The U.S. rate remained at 6.7%.

N.C. Employment

Special Reports and Publications

NC's Best Golf Courses

For the seventh consecutive year, the North Carolina Golf Panel is proud to partner with Business North Carolina in publishing rankings of the best golf courses in what we believe is the best state for golf.

N.C. Mid-Market Fast 40

Nominate a company for our annual list of the fastest-growing middle-market companies in the state.

Small Business of the Year

2014 is the 19th year Business North Carolina magazine will select a Small Business of the Year to honor the contributions these companies make to our state’s economy.

The Annual Checkup

Our 2014 list of the state's top hospitals, plus second opinions from other popular rankings.

Best Employers in North Carolina

The state's best employers don't give their workers everything; they give them the right things.

Daily Digest

Coal-ash removal could cost $10 billion

(The News & Observer, Raleigh)

According to a Duke Energy official, moving coal ash from 14 sites across the state to landfills could cost as much as $10 billion. A cheaper option that would involve excavating at least four of the sites and covering the others with tarpaulins would cost between $2 billion and $2.5 billion. 

NewBridge Bank cuts 5% of workforce in restructuring

(Winston-Salem Journal)

NewBridge Bank will eliminate 22 jobs, or 5% of its workforce, as part of a restructuring following the Greensboro bank's acquisition of Raleigh-based CapStone Bank earlier this month and Southport-based Security Savings Bank in October. The cuts are part of a change to the staffing model at the bank's 40 branches; no branch closings were announced.

Charlotte developer planning 20-acre mixed-use project in east Charlotte

(The Charlotte Observer)

Goode Properties will develop a 20-acre site near the intersection of Idlewild and Monroe roads in east Charlotte in a mixed-use project that will include 260 apartments and 100,000 square feet of retail, restaurants and offices.

Koury Corp.'s Showfety to chair Triad Airport Authority

(The News & Record, Greensboro)

The president of a Greensboro development and property-management company was named chairman of the Piedmont Triad Airport Authority. Stephen Showfety of Koury Corp. replaces Henry Isaacson, who retired in March after 11 years leading the board.

SEANC issues harsh report on handling of state pension fund

(The News & Observer, Raleigh)

A 147-page report commissioned by the State Employees Association of North Carolina claims state Treasurer Janet Cowell may have mismanaged the state's $87 billion pension fund. The report says Cowell hid $30 billion in investments from the public and may have violated numerous state and federal laws.

DHHS wants $12 million more in federal funding

(Winston-Salem Journal)

The N.C. Department of Health and Human Services has asked the U.S. Department of Agriculture for a $12 million budget increase to pay for costs related to its troubled food-stamp program.

Study reveals Duke's campaign contributions to McCrory

(The News & Observer, Raleigh)

A study by Montana-based National Institute on Money in State Politics shows Gov. Pat McCrory received $98,000 in campaign contributions from former employer Duke Energy from 2000-2012, including $16,000 from the utility's PAC and $82,000 from executives.

GOP legislators blindsided by announcement of McCrory's coal-ash plan

(The News & Record, Greensboro)

State Sen. Tom Apodaca said GOP legislators were not given advance notice of Gov. Pat McCrory's plan for dealing with Duke Energy's coal-ash problems. Two weeks ago, Apodaca was assigned to work with House Republicans in crafting legislation to deal with coal-ash issues, but that group was not consulted when McCrory announced his new proposal last week. 

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2014 Manufacturing Summit

Presented by the North Carolina Chamber

From navigating environmental regulations and site-selection strengths and weaknesses, to supply chain logistics and strategies for identifying qualified talent, this event will cover the timely topics that your leadership team and employees are tackling every day.

Thursday, May 1, Greensboro

BNC Pulse

Poll: Early voting The state's new voting law reduces the number of days for early voting from 17 to 10. Do you agree with the change?  Yes  No

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