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State budget sets $10 million in firm incentives

July 30, 2014

(Star-News, Wilmington)

The state budget favored by Raleigh lawmakers includes $10 million in incentives for film projects, which industry officials criticized as paltry.

 

A privilege not to pay the privilege tax

July 29, 2014

(Wilmington StarNews)

A new law bans North Carolina municipalities from charging businesses a privilege tax beginning in 2015.

Belhaven mayor walks the walk for health care

July 29, 2014

(News & Observer, Raleigh)

The mayor of Belhaven in rural Hyde County recently walked to Washington, D.C., to raise awareness for the closing of the town's only hospital.

The film industry spends $268 million in N.C. in 2014

July 28, 2014

(Wilmington StarNews)

The movie industry spent $268 million in the state during the first six months of the year, according to the N.C. Film Office. That exceeds 2013's total-year spending.

UNC Wilmington partners with MARBIONC tenant

July 24, 2014

(StarNews, Wilmington)

UNC Wilmington formed a partnership with Ocis Biotechnology that will give the private company licensing rights for a product being developed at the school's MARBIONC center. Researchers at the marine biotech center are creating a topical product that will be used to treat wounds.

Duke Energy begins cleanup of former gas plant property in Kinston

July 23, 2014

(The Free Press, Kinston)

Duke Energy has begun cleaning up the site of a former manufactured-gas plant in Kinston that has been dormant for more than 60 years. The Charlotte-based utility plans to clean 14 such sites, where it used coal to manufacture gas for street lamps before natural gas became available.

Will anyone save Fayetteville's Prince Charles Hotel?

July 22, 2014

(The Fayetteville Observer)

A canceled auction for the historic Prince Charles Hotel in Fayetteville has downtown advocates speculating about plans for the property.

Reactions mixed over proposed Cumberland County chicken plant

July 21, 2014

(The Fayetteville Observer)

Local opinions are split over a proposed Sanderson Farms chicken plant that would create more than 1,000 jobs in Cumberland County. While the jobs would significantly lower the county's unemployment rate, critics are concerned over potential effects on groundwater and the smell the plant would generate.

Obama administration opens Eastern Seaboard to gas exploration

July 21, 2014

(WRAL.com)

President Obama will allow exploration for oil and gas beneath the ocean along the Eastern Seaboard. In a statement, Gov. Pat McCrory called the decision "an important step in the right direction toward more jobs for North Carolina and our country."

SXSW director to speak at Wilmington conference

July 18, 2014

(Greater Wilmington Business Journal)

Hugh Forrest will be the keynote speaker at the inaugural Coastal Connect conference of UNC Wilmington's Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship in September. Forrest is the director of the South by Southwest Interactive Festival, held annually in Austin, Texas.

ABC series resumes production in Wilmington

July 17, 2014

(StarNews, Wilmington)

The ABC mystery series "Secrets and Lies" will begin production in Wilmington July 24. The pilot for the show, which stars Ryan Phillippe and Juliette Lewis, was filmed in the Porters Neck area in March. Nine more episodes will be filmed.

Owner of Leland oil company receives prison sentence

July 17, 2014

(StarNews, Wilmington)

The owner of P&W Waste Oil Services was sentenced to three and a half years in federal prison and must pay $21.37 million in restitution for mishandling used oil that contained PCBs. The Leland company sold the contaminated oil to another company.  

Sanderson Farms could bring poultry plant, 1,100 jobs to Cumberland County

July 16, 2014

(The Fayetteville Observer)

Sanderson Farms is considering Cumberland County for a chicken-processing plant that would employ 1,100 workers. The Mississippi-based company abandoned plans for a similar project in Nash County in 2012 after the city of Wilson and some residents filed lawsuits citing environmental concerns.

Record orders mean jobs, investment at New Hanover GE Aviation plant

July 15, 2014

(Greater Wilmington Business Journal)

Following a record-breaking year in 2013, GE Aviation's joint venture CFM International has taken orders totaling about $25 billion so far this year. The company's plant in Castle Hayne will get a $65 million upgrade and 35 new jobs to keep up with production.

Manufacturer could bring 1,000 jobs to Brunswick County

July 14, 2014

(Greater Wilmington Business Journal)

An unnamed company is considering investing $35 million in a manufacturing plant in Brunswick County that would create more than 1,000 jobs. The project is one of 13, mostly manufacturing-based, that local economic-development leaders are hoping to bring to the county.

Motion filed to extend case against Smith Advertising execs

July 11, 2014

(The Fayetteville Observer)

Lawyers have requested an extension in a Florida case alleging the owners of the former Smith Advertising & Associates were involved in a fraud scheme that bilked at least 74 people out of more than $55 million. The joint motion indicates the parties are attempting an out-of-court settlement.

Cape Fear Valley Health System seeks to expand

July 10, 2014

(The Fayetteville Observer)

Cape Fear Valley Health System has filed an application to add 34 beds to the existing 490 at its medical center in Cumberland County. The project would cost $30 million, according to the state Department of Health and Human Services.

Film advocates disagree with McCrory's claims of 'abuse' of film subsidies

July 10, 2014

(StarNews, Wilmington)

North Carolina film industry leaders don't agree with Gov. Pat McCrory's comments suggesting that the state's film-incentive program has been abused.

New Hanover Regional partners with Carolinas HealthCare

July 9, 2014

(StarNews, Wilmington)

New Hanover Regional Medical Center has entered into a services agreement with Charlotte-based Carolinas HealthCare System that will allow the 769-bed hospital to reduce costs by combining its purchasing power with the state's largest public hospital system.

AAIPharma names Kutzer CEO

July 8, 2014

(Greater Wilmington Business Journal)

Stephan Kutzer was named CEO of Wilmington-based AAIPharma Services Corp. and Wisconsin-based Cambridge Major Laboratories, which merged with AAIPharma in October. He comes from Lonza Inc., a Swiss biotech company, where he was chief operating officer.