Charlotte

Daimler to lay off 936 workers in Rowan County

January 5, 2016

(The Charlotte Observer)

Daimler Trucks North America is cutting production by one-third at its Cleveland Truck Manufacturing Plant, where 3,100 workers make Freightliner and Western Star trucks. The cuts are due to a "sustained reduction in orders and a diminished build rate," according to a company spokesman.

Charlotte's Park Sterling completes purchase of Virginia bank

January 5, 2016

(The Charlotte Observer)

The Charlotte-based community bank completed its $87.1 million acquisition of First Capital Bancorp, based in Glen Allen, Va. The deal boosts Park Sterling's number of branches in the Richmond area to 10. Park Sterling now has $3.1 billion in assets and 57 locations in the Carolinas, Virginia and Georgia.

Barber-Scotia College suspends classes

January 5, 2016

(Independent Tribune, Concord)

Financially troubled Barber-Scotia College in Concord has closed for the spring semester while trustees look at ways to restructure. The historically black college has struggled since losing its accreditation in 2004, preventing students from being eligible for federal financial aid. The school hopes to reopen in fall 2016.

Charlotte committee backs toll lanes for I-77

January 5, 2016

(The Charlotte Observer)

Charlotte City Council's transportation and planning committee voted 3-2 in favor of building toll lanes on Interstate 77. The vote signals the full council is likely to support the project, which is already underway in north Mecklenburg County. The full council is scheduled to vote on Jan. 11. Charlotte's support of the project is key to a regional committee vote on the issue, scheduled for Jan. 20.

Fate of I-77 toll lanes in Charlotte City Council's hands

January 4, 2016

(The Charlotte Observer)

Charlotte City Council could vote as early as Monday on whether to support or reject the construction of toll lanes on Interstate 77. Gov. Pat McCrory asked a regional transportation planning group to vote on the project later this month, but Charlotte holds the deciding vote. The N.C. DOT has said that canceling the project, which was awarded to Spanish developer Cintra, could cost the state up to $100 million; opponents say that figure is inflated.

Charlotte software company raises $7.3M

December 24, 2015

(Yahoo Finance)

MapAnything completed a $7.3 million financing that was led by Greycroft Partners and included Salesforce Ventures. Previously called Cloudbilt, the Charlotte-based software developer's apps help sales and marketing representatives locate leads and create marketing campaigns based on geography.

Piedmont Natural Gas earnings drop in 2015

December 24, 2015

(The Charlotte Observer)

The Charlotte-based energy company said profits fell 5% in 2015, to $137 million from $143.8 million the previous year. Costs related to Piedmont's pending $4.9 billion sale to Duke Energy affected earnings.

Shelby offers historic-property designation to brew-pub building

December 22, 2015

(The Shelby Star)

Shelby's city council approved historic property designations for two downtown buildings, including one that houses the new Newgrass Brewing Co. The beer-pub is in the former Hudson Department Store building, which is still owned by the Hudson family. Designees can receive 50% reductions on property taxes.

CBRE says Charlotte real-estate market to remain robust

December 22, 2015

(The Charlotte Observer)

Real estate brokerage CBRE expects Charlotte commercial real estate to remain strong through 2016, according to its annual report. Higher rents for office and industrial space and residential properties are likely even as development approaches record levels in the area.

 

New Charlotte city council giving city manager close look

December 22, 2015

 (The Charlotte Observer)


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Bankers association pushing literacy message to students

December 22, 2015

(The Charlotte Observer)

The North Carolina Bankers Association is starting a program to send bankers to the state's schools to teach financial literacy such as budgeting and interest compounding. The hope is to also improve the students' perception of bankers. Many students have a negative perception of bankers, according to the association.


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Bank of America employees, families giving big to politicians

December 22, 2015

Individuals connected to Bank of America have been among the top contributors to presidential candidates through Sept. 30, with employees and immediate family members giving $242,575 to the candidates’ campaign committees. That’s the third-highest among all U.S. companies and organizations, according to the most recent federal data from the Center for Responsive Politics. Donations from individuals tied to New York-based investment bank Goldman Sachs rank first at $401,109, while Florida-based personal injury firm Morgan & Morgan gave $280,326. In the 2012 presidential election, when people associated with Bank of America ranked second for donations, trailing only employees for the University of California system and their families.


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Charlotte's DealCloud raises $5.3M, names new CEO

December 18, 2015

(The Charlotte Observer)

DealCloud, a Charlotte-based software company that provides a platform for streamlining mergers and acquisitions, completed a $5.3 million financing round and named Rick Kushel chief executive officer. Kushel is the former CEO of iLevel Solutions. DealCloud was founded in 2010 by Ben Harrison and Rob Cummings, previously with Falfurrias Capital Partners.

Investors strike down management change at Pittenger's land company

December 18, 2015

(The Charlotte Observer)

Pittenger Land Investments had sought to transfer management of its 52 limited liability companies to a subsidiary of Charlotte-based South Street Partners. The real-estate company plans to meet with key investors to devise a new plan, which could involve a revised agreement with South Street.

American Airlines adds three routes from Charlotte

December 17, 2015

(The Charlotte Observer)

American Airlines will add a daily nonstop flight from Charlotte to Madison, Wis., starting April 5 and weekly nonstop flights to the Caribbean island of Curacao and Puerto Plata in the Dominican Republic beginning Saturday.

Wells Fargo economists predict strong growth in the year ahead

December 17, 2015

(The Charlotte Observer)

Nonfarm employment in North Carolina is expected to rise 2.6% in 2016, according to a report from Wells Fargo Securities. Economists predict the state's unemployment rate will drop but still remain higher than the national average.

Charlotte restaurant boycotts Anheuser-Busch products

December 16, 2015

(The Charlotte Observer)

Diners at Queen City Q, a Charlotte restaurant chain with three locations and another planned, will no longer be able to order a Budweiser or Corona to wash down their meals. The chain is boycotting products associated with AB InBev after a Wall Street Journal story suggested the company rewards distributors who focus on its beers while limiting beers from craft brewers

Mecklenburg GOP chairman resigns

December 16, 2015

(The Charlotte Observer)

Curtis Watkins abruptly resigned Tuesday, two days after N.C. Sen. Bob Rucho asked Republican Party officials to investigate him for allegedly trying to recruit someone to run against Rep. Mike Hager of Rutherford County. Hager is one of the largest opponents of the state's renewable-energy mandate. Watkins is the founder of SparkTank Advisors, an energy consulting company.

Corning to buy power from Duke Energy solar farm

December 14, 2015

(The Charlotte Observer)

Corning will purchase 62.5% of power generated at a solar farm Duke Energy is building in eastern North Carolina. The facility, announced in September, will be the largest solar farm east of the Mississippi River, according to Duke. Glass- and fiber-maker Corning employs about 3,000 people in North Carolina and recently said it is adding 150 new jobs in Charlotte.
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Google honors Charlotte as a top eCity

December 15, 2015

(The Charlotte Observer)

Charlotte is among 50 winners of Google's eCities awards, which honors cities with strong online business communities. Winning cities were selected based on small businesses' use the Web to attract new customers, connect with clients and grow local economies. Cary and Cornelius were previous winners of the annual award.