Business

UNC board to announce WSSU chancellor on Friday

September 26, 2014

(Winston-Salem Journal)

Following a four-month search, the UNC Board of Governors is expected to name a new chancellor at Winston-Salem State University on Friday.

Siemens to provide CPCC with $32 million in software

September 25, 2014

(The Charlotte Observer)

Siemens will donate software valued at $32 million to Central Piedmont Community College in Charlotte to train students enrolled in advanced-manufacturing courses. The company's product lifecycle management software is used by thousands of companies worldwide, including more than 120 in North Carolina. The German engineering company employs about 1,600 in Charlotte.

RF Micro headquarters to stay in Greensboro after merger

September 25, 2014

(News & Record, Greensboro)

RF Micro Devices confirmed it will maintain its Greensboro headquarters after the chip-maker's upcoming merger with Hillsboro, Ore.-baesd TriQuint Semiconductor. The new holding company for the two companies will be called Qorvo and will be valued at about $2 billion. 

Charlotte delays plans for amateur sports complex

September 25, 2014

(The Charlotte Observer)

Florida-based GoodSports Enterprises Global has been unable to secure financing for a proposed amateur-sports complex near Bojangles' Coliseum in east Charlotte. The latest project plan called for the city to contribute $25 million towards the project, which would include a 150-room hotel and field house.

Apartment growth surges in South Asheville

September 25, 2014

(Asheville Citizen-Times)

There are 1,400 apartment units under construction in South Asheville, where the occupancy rate is 96%. It's the biggest apartment boom Buncombe County has seen in 25 years, according to one developer, who worries the area will become overbuilt. 
Read more about the apartment boom in North Carolina's center cities (Statewide, June)

Postal service moving 400 jobs from Fayetteville to Charlotte

September 25, 2014

(The Fayetteville Observer)

More than 400 postal workers in Fayetteville will lose their jobs or be forced to relocate when the Postal Service moves operations at two local mail-processing centers to Charlotte. 

NY tech company moves headquarters to Charlotte

September 25, 2014

(The Charlotte Observer)

Velocity Technology Solutions will relocate next month from New York City to Charlotte, where it will initially employ 50 people. The cloud-computing company expects to expand its employment to more than 200 over the next few years.

Tech company expected to bring 30 jobs to downtown Wilmington

September 25, 2014

(StarNews, Wilmington)

A month after Wilmington-based Next Glass announced it was moving its offices downtown, another unidentified tech company is said to be in talks to bring 30 employees to the Murchison Building in Wilmington.

FAA to approve drone use for movie production

September 25, 2014

(The News & Observer, Raleigh)

The FAA is expected to approve the use of drones for seven movie- and television-production companies. The federal agency has previousy granted only one permit for commercial drone use, to Conoco Philips oil company for use in unpopulated areas in Alaska and the Arctic Ocean. 
Read about NC's race to become the first in unmanned flight in "Pie in the sky" from BNC's September issue

Duke Energy will grant $2 million for water-improvement on Dan River

September 25, 2014

(Winston-Salem Journal)

Duke Energy will provide at least $2 million for conservation efforts and water-quality improvement along the Dan River, the site of the Charlotte-based utility's February coal-ash spill (cover story, April)