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The realities of realty

On Sept. 17, 2007, a for-sale sign was jammed into the front yard of my home, which I had bought just 2 1/2 years prior (which is to say, near the peak of the housing market). Thus began my education in real estate.

2009-10

A say on pay

After the lackluster year Bank of America Corp. had in 2007, Kenneth Steiner figured it was time shareholders had a say in executive compensation.

2009-09

Bad news travels fast

You never know how many friends you have until tragedy strikes. Well, tragedy might be a bit strong. “Some woman backed into me,” my wife whimpers over the phone.

2009-09

Economic outlook

Recession has hit North Carolina’s job market harder than most. The gap between the state’s unemployment rate and the nation’s widened late last year, and Matthew Martin says the U.S. economy will recover quicker than North Carolina’s

2009-09

Figuring a return on incentives

Whenever some big-name company takes the bait — the big money the state uses to lure them — it seems to happen. The governor and secretary of commerce grin widely as they announce how North Carolina landed the trophy with tax breaks, grants and other financial incentives.

2009-09

Larry Allen

Larry Allen helped start the Greensboro office of Michael Baker in 1998.

2009-09

Michael Creed

How times have changed. When Michael Creed, 61, co-founded McKim & Creed engineering firm in 1978, he and partner Herb McKim needed little in the way of equipment.

2009-09

Pam Townsend

Pam Townsend, 49, took over this summer as president of the Professional Engineers of North Carolina

2009-09

Pat Ivey

For most people, planning a project involves looking ahead a few months or maybe a year. But for Pat Ivey, 46, a division engineer with the state Department of Transportation, deadlines can be years in the future.

2009-09

Regional Report Charlotte September 2009

EpiCentre, with its 15-story hotel, movie theaters, bowling alley, bars, stores and offices, covers a block of downtown Charlotte. Developer Afshin Ghazi estimates it has cost about $180 million.

2009-09

Regional Report Eastern September 2009

The addition of 11,477 Marines to Eastern North Carolina will pump billions of dollars into to the local economy.

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Regional Report Triad September 2009

Before the Atlantic Coast Conference yanked its annual Memorial Day-week baseball championship from Myrtle Beach, where it had been scheduled for a three-year run starting next year before civil-rights activists complained about South Carolina flying the Confederate flag at its capitol, boosters claimed it would bring $10 million a year into the state.

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Regional Report Triangle September 2009

After word got out three years ago that The Pantry Inc. had long-range plans to move its headquarters from Sanford to Cary, CEO Peter Sodini thought Sanford’s leaders might try to talk him out of it.

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Regional Report Western September 2009

Floridians have long flocked to western North Carolina, so when a cloud settled over the Sunshine State real-estate market, Florida developers moved up, too (“Take the High Ground,” December 2007).

2009-09

Some give and take

When he strode into Roanoke Rapids City Hall in early 2005, industry hunter Rick Watson must have sounded like northeastern North Carolina’s version of The Music Man.

2009-09

Steve Patterson

Steve Patterson considers himself a member of the Sputnik Generation.

2009-09

Woman trouble

It has taken Mike Sherman at least six weeks to set up this meeting. In a room at The Home Depot’s Atlanta headquarters, he and his sales manager lay out tools the chain carries and ask their host how customers are supposed to open the plastic clamshell packaging.

2009-09

Getting the right number

Back in the ’90s — you remember, when the dot-com bubble pushed your stock portfolio so high that early retirement seemed right around the corner — Congress and Bill Clinton decided the time had come to overhaul the nation’s telecommunications laws.

2009-08

Politicians’ nicotine fix

I’m not a smoker, but it wasn’t for lack of trying.

2009-08

Regional Report Charlotte August 2009

A year ago, Pharmaceutical Product Development Inc. CEO Fred Eshelman couldn’t have been more effusive in his praise for the North Carolina Research Campus, which billionaire David Murdock is developing in Kannapolis.

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