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The host of public television’s Carolina Business Review selects the key figures influencing the Tar Heel economy.

Regional Report Triad October 2011

In September, Gov. Beverly Perdue announced that completion of the Greensboro Urban Loop will be accelerated with Grant Anticipation Revenue Vehicle (GARVEE) bonds, which borrow against future federal support to pay for present projects.

Regional Report Triad September 2011

It’s not as if Guilford County doesn’t love Honda Aircraft Co.

Regional Report Eastern August 2011

Jim Fain doesn’t have big shoes to fill.


Regional Report Eastern July11

With international demand rising, N.C. Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler says it’s high time the ports at Morehead City and Wilmington exported more of the state’s farm products.


Economic outlook

For three years, Wayne Goodwin was state Insurance Commissioner Jim Long’s understudy.

Marco Polo comes home

Lightning flickers in the Saturday evening sky as Jim Fain’s flight lifts off late from Raleigh-Durham International Airport. Missing his connection in New York, North Carolina’s top industry hunter dozes through the night slumped in a chair at John F. Kennedy International Airport. By the time his Air France flight thunders off the runway Sunday morning, it’s midday in Paris, and the City of Light is aglow when he walks through the gate at Charles de Gaulle International Airport seven hours later.

Regional Report Eastern November 2008

The way opponents tell it, a planned $2.3 billion international port in Southport would sell Wilmington down the river.

Frank Tursi

For more than 30 years, Frank Tursi chased the news as a reporter and editor for newspapers such as the Miami Herald and the Winston-Salem Journal. But in 2002, he became Cape Lookout coastkeeper for the North Carolina Coastal Federation, a Newport-based nonprofit.

Readers Write

G.D. Gearino’s article on Spirit AeroSystem’s coming to the Global TransPark (Fine Print, July) was a sobering reminder of the millions of tax dollars flushed during the past two decades into this money pit in Jim Hunt’s backyard.

Regional Report Triangle August 2008

Last summer, Raleigh-Durham International Airport was flying high. Its 243 daily departures in July represented a 9% increase from the previous year. Since then, it has lost altitude, giving back all it gained and then some. This July, RDU had just 219 daily departures, and some of those are scheduled to end soon.

Regional Report Western August 2008

Virginia has one. Texas has a bigger one. North Carolina wants another one. Why are inland ports popular? Supporters say they’re worth millions in trade and can create hun- dreds of jobs to prepare containers for shipping. Proponents who persuaded legislators to appropriate $50,000 to study one for western North Carolina say it doesn’t matter that Wilmington, the state’s largest seaport, is 360 miles away.

Rolling in the “D’oh!”

One of the many unhealthy similarities between journalists and politicians is that both run the risk of becoming wedded to a particular policy or point of view. Intellectual flexibility is a desirable quality in both professions, yet intoo many cases when the circumstances change … Oh, hell. Enough of the throat clearing and pussyfooting. I need to just man up here and say it: The state’s Global TransPark might prove to be a success after all.

Coming down the line

Outside, Charlotte is coming to life. Back home from a nearby YMCA and showered, a muscular man with a shaved head buttons his starched shirt and loops a striped tie under its collar. Four floors down the elevator and out on the street, he walks half a block, then waits in an open-sided shelter. A recorded voice breaks the stillness: “Train approaching.”

Economic outlook

“The North Carolina automobile-insurance system is — no holds barred — the very worst in the country,” says Eli Lehrer, senior fellow at the Competitive Enterprise Institute, a Washington, D.C.-based nonprofit that touts free markets and limited government.

Regional Report Triad June 2008

Despite his experience with Skybus Airlines, Henry Isaacson is not down on discount carriers. The chairman of Piedmont Triad International Airport says Skybus, which shut down less than three months after opening a hub at the Greensboro airport, showed PTI could thrive with one. “We had more than 81,000 passengers fly on Skybus through March. It was the airport’s No. 1 carrier.”

Stoplight up ahead

Each day, tractor-trailers unload goods at warehouses or stores in and around Charlotte. For many, the stop marks a brief foray into North Carolina. They’ve come from Charleston, S.C., or Savannah, Ga., or distributioncenters set up along interstate highways to serve those ports.

Regional Report Western May 2008

They’re finally getting somewhere with the Road to Nowhere. Sixty-five years after hundreds of Swain County families were moved to make way for Fontana dam and lake, officials are negotiating a settlement to compensate the county for the federal government’s broken promise to build a road to ancestral lands and 32 isolated family cemeteries.

Regional Report Triad April 2008

Antilles Seaplanes, the Gibsonville company that wants to resurrect the famed Grumman Goose seaplane (cover story, July 2006), plans to have a production line running early next year. The company has purchased two buildings in Graham to house production of the $2.9 million aircraft.

Regional Report Triangle April 2008

Nearly two years ago, when it dropped its bid for federal funding of a 28-mile, $810 million commuter-train line, the Triangle Transit Authority made it clear that the project had been sidetracked, not derailed. Increased global demand for concrete and steel had jacked up the cost, and changes in federal requirements made money harder to get.