Business

Alevo to begin shipping batteries this fall

July 16, 2015

(The News & Observer, Raleigh)

Alevo Energy will begin shipping its battery modules to China this fall, according to Jeffrey Gates, vice president of global sales for the Swiss energy-storage company, which makes its products at the former Philip Morris cigarette plant in Concord.
Related: Battery maker appears at legislature to boost case for renewable energy legislation

Yadkin County takes control of community hospital

July 16, 2015

(Winston-Salem Journal)

A U.S. District Court judge ordered the operator of Yadkin Valley Community Hospital to turn over the keys to the property on Wednesday after HMC/CAH Consolidated defied a previous court order to keep the hospital open. Kansas City-based HMC abruptly closed the 20-bed hospital on May 22.

Gates Foundation awards $20M to Duke Global Health Institute

July 16, 2015

(The Herald-Sun, Durham)

The Duke Global Health Institute received a $20 million grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to continue its work addressing global health challenges. Half of that amount is a challenge grant, bringing the total impact of the grant to $30 million.

Crane going up for Charlotte office tower

July 16, 2015

(The Charlotte Observer)

Excavation is nearing completion and construction is about to begin on 300 South Tryon, downtown Charlotte's newest office tower. The 25-story building is expected to open in 2017; Babson Capital Management will be the anchor tenant.

Live Oak could raise up to $72.6M in IPO

July 15, 2015

(Greater Wilmington Business Journal)

Wilmington's Live Oak Bancshares could raise up to $72.6 million in its initial public offering, the company disclosed in an SEC filing Monday. Live Oak, a lender to small businesses, plans to offer 4 million shares priced between $16 and $18 per share.

US Open will return to Pinehurst in 2024

July 15, 2015

(The Pilot, Southern Pines)

The U.S. Open golf championship will return to Pinehurst for a fourth time in 2024. Though a formal announcement won't be made until July 22, the Pinehurst Village Council unanimously approved Tuesday an agreement with the USGA that will allow the tournament to use village property for parking and tournament staging.

Foxx, Charlotte officials hope streetcar will spark development

July 15, 2015

(The Charlotte Observer)

Charlotte's new streetcar line opened Tuesday, with U.S. Secretary of Transportation Anthony Foxx and local leaders touting its potential to spur new development along its 1.5-mile corridor.
Also: Charlotte's Gold Line streetcar shimmers on first run

Asheville's Moogfest moving to Durham in 2016

July 15, 2015

(Asheville Citizen-Times)

Moogfest, the music and technology festival held in downtown Asheville since 2008, will move to Durham in 2016, event organizers said Tuesday. "That city is exploding with technology, innovation, startups, and it just makes sense for Moogfest to be there," Emmy Parker, creative director of Moog Music, said.

Aircraft to begin hunt for oil and gas in Atlantic Ocean

July 15, 2015

(The News & Observer, Raleigh)

A company that uses aircraft to identify areas that could be potential sources of oil and natural gas says it has received a federal permit to begin evaluating areas off the coast of the Carolinas, Georgia and Virginia. The more controversial practice of seismic testing to locate oil beneath the earth's surface won't begin for at least another year.

Film workers forced to exit NC to find jobs

July 15, 2015

(Winston-Salem Journal)

Film industry officials say the state will lose at least 4,000 jobs and hundreds of millions of dollars as crew members, producers and others move to states such as Georgia, which offers generous incentives for the industry.