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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.

Economic outlook

Tony Copeland left the N.C. Department of Commerce in December after four years as assistant secretary for business development and trade. He’s now president of the international division of Raleigh-based Longistics Transportation Inc. At Commerce, he oversaw international trade and the state’s efforts to recruit and retain companies. From 2003 to 2006, the first three years of his tenure, the number of private-sector jobs in North Carolina grew 7%.

Is this any way to run a railroad?

You can't live through an election season without hearing a candidate or two prattling on about how they intend to take on the "special interests" and return the government to the people. What about when the politicians and the government are the special interest?