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Fayetteville proposes free downtown Wi-Fi

March 2, 2015

(The Fayetteville Observer)

The city of Fayetteville could partner with Time Warner Cable to provide free Wi-Fi Internet service for much of the downtown area. Under the proposal, Time Warner would allow its subscribers free access in the designated area while nonsubscribers would get one hour of free Internet access per day.

ABC series shot in Wilmington premieres Sunday

March 2, 2015

(StarNews, Wilmington)

The ABC TV series "Secrets and Lies," which was shot in Wilmington in 2014, premiered Sunday evening. The drama, which stars Ryan Phillippe and Juliette Lewis, filmed at EUE/Screen Gems Studios and in the Porters Neck area.

Developer revives plans for Beaufort golf community

March 2, 2015

(Carteret County News-Times)

Work is underway on a 6,000-square-foot clubhouse at the Beaufort development previously known as North River Club. Raleigh-based DeWitt Carolinas bought the troubled golf course and adjacent homesites – the project is zoned for more than 1,500 lots – in 2014. The new clubhouse is expected to open in late May. 

FCC ruling will allow Wilson to expand broadband network

February 27, 2015

(WRAL TechWire)

The Federal Communications Commission voted Thursday in favor of municipal broadband providers, a move that will allow the city of Wilson to expand its Greenlight Internet service beyond the city limits. The ruling overrides state laws that had restricted growth of the municipal networks.
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FCC expected to hear Wilson's broadband case today

February 26, 2015

(WRAL TechWire)

The Federal Communications Commission may decide today on the City of Wilson's petition for the federal agency to override state laws that limit municipal broadband networks. Wilson built its own Greenlight fiber network in 2009 and wants to extend the network beyond the city limits and into neighboring counties.

New Hanover DA asks state to broaden probe of CFCC

February 25, 2015

(Greater Wilmington Business Journal)

New Hanover County district attorney Ben David has asked the State Bureau of Investigation to broaden its investigation of Cape Fear Community College amid new allegations against former president Ted Spring, who resigned abruptly in January. A member of the board of trustees alleges Spring asked an employee to write a report for him in exchange for consideration for a promotion.

Vidant board approves $320 million bond proposal

February 25, 2015

(The Daily Reflector, Greenville)

Vidant Health approved a $320 million bond proposal that would fund construction of a $194 million cancer center and other projects. The Greenville-based health care system plans to break ground on the cancer center March 20.

Wilmington's nCino raises $29 million

February 25, 2015

Wilmington-based software company nCino Inc. completed a $29 million round of financing led by New York-based private-equity firm Insight Venture Partners. Spun out of small-business lender LIve Oak Bank in 2012, nCino plans to use the funds to expand in the United States, enter international markets, accelerate product development and add new employees.

ECU medical school seeks more funding

February 24, 2015

(The News & Observer, Raleigh)

ECU Chancellor Steve Ballard wants the state legislature to increase funding for the Brody School of Medicine by $8 million this year and by $30 million each year afterward. Ballard says the school needs the additional funding to keep training doctors for rural North Carolina and to keep operating clinics that serve eastern N.C. residents who can't afford to pay for healthcare.

Fayetteville approves incentives for chicken plant

February 24, 2015

(WRAL.com)

Fayetteville City Council voted 7-3 in favor of incentives for Sanderson Farms to build a chicken-processing plant that would create 1,000 jobs. Cumberland county commissioners approved economic incentives for the project in January, reversing an earlier decision. The Mississippi-based company hasn't said if it is still considering Cumberland for its proposed plant; Robeson County held a hearing last week for a similar project, speculated to be Sanderson Farms. 

DOT's draft Rail Plan includes improvements in southeastern NC

February 23, 2015

(Greater Wilmington Business Journal)

Released Friday, the N.C. Department of Transportation's draft State Rail Plan includes improvements to passenger and freight rail service in southeastern North Carolina. The plan mentions a potential passenger rail line between Wilmington and Raleigh, and proposes a study of a passenger rail corridor linking Wilmington and Charlotte.

Butterball creating 367 jobs in Raeford

February 20, 2015

(The Fayetteville Observer)

Garner-based Butterball will invest $70 million in the former House of Raeford turkey plant and plans to create 367 jobs. That's welcome news to the town of Raeford, where more than 1,300 people lost their jobs in 2013 and 2014 when House of Raeford closed two local plants ("Turkey Trot," January).

Wilmington officials to press for expansion of film grant program

February 20, 2015

(Greater Wilmington Business Journal)

Elected officials and film-industry leaders joined together at a press conference in Wilmington on Thursday and said they would advocate to increase funding for the state's new film grant program. Johnny Griffin, director of the local film commission, said that normally at this time of year Wilmington would have received 20 to 25 inquiries about film projects – this year there have been three.

Wilmington awaits film announcement

February 19, 2015

(StarNews, Wilmington)

Film-industry leaders in Wilmington will make an announcement at EUE/Screen Gems Studios at 10:30 Thursday morning. Mayor Bill Saffo will be on hand, as well as Bill Vassar, executive vice president of the studios, and other local leaders. No further details were provided.

Robeson County may have violated state law in approving incentives

February 18, 2015

(The Fayetteville Observer)

Robeson County may have violated the state's open meetings law when it approved incentives for an unnamed company – speculated to be poultry producer Sanderson Farms – to bring 1,000 jobs to the county. Robeson County Attorney Patrick Pait disagrees, and says there will be additional hearings on the project if it advances.

Chapel Hill developer selected for Wilmington's Water Street project

February 18, 2015

(StarNews, Wilmington)

Chapel Hill-based East West Partners was chosen to redevelop the Water Street parking deck in downtown Wilmington. The company's initial proposal includes 554 parking spaces, 190 apartments and more than 31,000 square feet of retail space.

Hundreds turn out for hearing on offshore drilling

February 18, 2015

(StarNews, Wilmington)

Almost 400 people signed in Tuesday night at an information session on offshore drilling in Wrightsville Beach. The federal Bureau of Ocean Energy Management took comments via written notes and electronic submissions on a proposal by the Obama administration that would allow oil and gas exploration of the North Carolina coast.

Cumberland votes in favor of Sanderson Farms incentives, Robeson approves similar deal

February 17, 2015

(The Fayetteville Observer)

Cumberland County commissioners approved incentives for Sanderson Farms to build a $95 million chicken-processing plant, while nearby Robeson County and the town of St. Pauls approved incentives for an unidentified company that closely resembles the Mississippi-based poultry processor. The Sanderson Farms plant could bring about 1,000 jobs to the region. 

Public hearing set for offshore drilling

February 17, 2015

(StarNews, Wilmington)

The federal Bureau of Ocean Energy and Management plans to hold a public hearing Tuesday in Wrightsville Beach to discuss drilling for oil and gas off the North Carolina coast. 

Leases for offshore wind farms could be issued in 2016

February 16, 2015

(The Daily Reflector, Greenville)

Leases for wind turbines off the coast of North Carolina could be awarded as early as 2016, according to the federal Bureau of Ocean Energy Management. The agency recently held public hearings in three coastal communities that could be impacted by the turbines. Some residents fear the turbines could harm the coastal tourism industry.