Charlotte

Clodfelter likely to continue efforts to keep airport in Charlotte's hands

April 9, 2014

(The Charlotte Observer)

Dem. Dan Clodfelter, who will be sworn in as Charlotte's new mayor today, has shown steady support for keeping Charlotte Douglas International Airport under the city's control.

Charlotte City Council names Clodfelter Charlotte's new mayor

April 8, 2014

(The Charlotte Observer)

N.C. Sen. Dan Clodfelter will become Charlotte's next mayor, replacing Patrick Cannon who resigned two weeks ago after his arrest on federal corruption charges. The former city council member will resign from the state General Assembly, where he has served since 1999, today and will be sworn in as mayor on Wednesday. 

Charlotte-based Premier buys Texas company

April 8, 2014

(The Charlotte Observer)

Charlotte-based Premier Inc. bought College Station, Texas-based MEMdata, an equipment-planning business, for an undisclosed amount. Premier, which offers services to help health-care companies improve efficiency and reduce costs, said the purchase will help its members save money on equipment purchases and construction costs.

Environmental commission sides with Duke Energy, appeals judge's ruling

April 8, 2014

(The News & Observer, Raleigh)

The state Environmental Management Commission appealed a March 6 ruling that gave it the authority to force Duke Energy to immediately halt pollution at coal-ash ponds. The Charlotte-based utility filed its own appeal of the Superior Court judge's ruling last week.

Charlotte ranked fifth-worst for sprawl

April 7, 2014

(The Charlotte Observer)

The Charlotte-Gastonia-Rock Hill, S.C. area was ranked No. 5 on a list of most sprawl-prone metropolitan areas in the nation. Smart Growth America ranked the Charlotte area 25th overall out of 221 metro areas and 994 counties included in the report.

Charlotte tourism official mentioned in Cannon affidavit

April 7, 2014

(The Charlotte Observer)

Mohammad Jenatian, president of the Greater Charlotte Hospitality & Tourism Alliance and supporter of many of the city's high-profile development projects, introduced then-Mayor Patrick Cannon to an undercover FBI agent in 2010 when the agent was investigating other people.

 


Read more here: http://www.charlotteobserver.com/2014/04/05/4820231/tourism-advocate-jenatian-introduced.html#storylink=cpy

Charlotte City Council expected to choose Clodfelter as mayor

April 7, 2014

(The Charlotte Observer)

While the final vote won't be held until tonight's meeting, It appears that at least six of 11 members of the Charlotte City Council will vote for N.C. Sen. Dan Clodfelter to replace former Mayor Patrick Cannon.

Charlotte Douglas still 8th-busiest airport in nation

April 4, 2014

(The Charlotte Observer)

Charlotte Douglas International Airport was the eighth-busiest airport in the nation and 23rd-busiest in the world in 2013, maintaining those positions from the previous year. The number of passengers increased 5.4% to 43.5 million.

Lowe's to pay $18.1 million to settle hazardous-waste case

April 4, 2014

(The Charlotte Observer)

Mooresville-based Lowe's Cos. will pay $18.1 million to settle a case claiming the home-improvement retailer illegally disposed of hazardous waste at more than 100 stores in California. Dumpster inspections showed the company discarded batteries, paints, pesticides and other hazardous materials that were not allowed in California landfills.

Duke Energy to appeal court ruling in coal-ash case

April 4, 2014

(The News & Observer, Raleigh)

Duke Energy will appeal a Superior Court ruling that required the utility to immediately stop the source of coal-ash pollution. A Wake County Superior Court judge issued the order on March 6. Also, the N.C. Environmental Review Commission has scheduled a special meeting to discuss coal ash prior to the General Assembly's short session which begins in May.

Co-founder leaves CertusBank amid shareholder concerns

April 4, 2014

(The Charlotte Observer)

Charlie Williams, co-founder and former co-CEO of Greenville, S.C.-based CertusBank has left the company as shareholders have begun to question extravagant expenses including corporate condos, private jets and tickets to sporting events while the privately-owned bank reported deep losses.

Family Dollar lays off 135 at Matthews headquarters

April 3, 2014

(The Charlotte Observer)

Family Dollar will lay off 135 workers at its Matthews headquarters, 6% of its workforce there. Competitors including Dollar General and Dollar Tree have outperformed the discount retailer in the past few years, and Chief Operating Officer Michael Bloom resigned in January. The company plans to report fourth quarter and yearly earnings next Thursday.

Wells Fargo to get new CFO

April 3, 2014

(Winston-Salem Journal)

John Shrewsbury, head of Wells Fargo Securities, will become the San Francisco-based bank's chief financial officer. Timothy Sloan, current CFO, will lead the bank's wholesale banking division, replacing David Hoyt who is retiring. 

 

 

 

Charlotte foundation is among top 10 in nation

April 3, 2014

(The Charlotte Observer)

Foundation for the Carolinas had assets of $1.3 billion in 2013, 30% higher than in 2012 and making it the No. 10 community foundation in the country. The nonprofit organization connects companies and individual donors with charitable causes. The foundation also plans to announce the creation of a new disaster-relief program.

Walmart back at top of Charlotte grocery market

April 3, 2014

(The Charlotte Observer)

Walmart regained the top spot in the Charlotte region's grocery market, with 22.4% of sales compared with 20.4% a year ago. Harris Teeter Supermarkets fell to No. 2, from 23.7% to 20.4%. Food Lion was third with 18.7% of sales.

Charlotte utilities seeking proposals for new natural-gas pipeline

April 2, 2014

(The Charlotte Observer)

Duke Energy and Piedmont Natural Gas want a new interstate natural-gas pipeline to serve North Carolina, and the two Charlotte-based utilities are seeking proposals for a company to build and operate one. Piedmont supplies gas to five power plants Duke Energy has built since 2011 as Duke shifts from coal to other energy sources.

Software firm moving headquarters from Atlanta to Charlotte

April 2, 2014

(The Charlotte Observer)

Thinkgate, an education-software firm, will move its headquarters from Atlanta to Charlotte. The company plans to relocate 70 workers and hire 75 to 120 additional workers with salaries ranging from $50,000 to $200,000 over the next three years. Thinkgate offers data management solutions and test-creation tools for K-12 schools.

Judge overturns ruling; Carolinas HealthCare won't build Fort Mill hospital

April 2, 2014

(The Charlotte Observer)

Carolinas HealthCare System appears to have lost an eight-year battle to build a 100-bed hospital in Fort Mill, S.C. to Piedmont Medical Center, a Rock Hill, S.C.-based medical group. In a ruling released Tuesday,  a South Carolina judge overturned a 2011 ruling which gave Charlotte-based Carolinas approval to build the hospital.

Charlotte call center closing; over 200 temp workers to lose jobs

April 2, 2014

(The Charlotte Observer) 

Bannockburn, Ill.-based APAC Customer Services is closing a call center in Charlotte and will lay off 239 workers by May 9. The majority of the affected workers are temporary employees.

A Southern Season looking at Charlotte locations for gourmet food store

April 2, 2014

(The Charlotte Observer)

A Southern Season is in negotiations with two sites in Charlotte and expects to open a store there by 2016. The Chapel Hill-based specialty-foods retailer began expanding two years ago, but has had difficulty finding the right location in Charlotte's real-estate market.