AG Cooper sues FCC over Wilson broadband ruling

May 18, 2015

(WRAL TechWire)

N.C. Attorney General Roy Cooper has filed a lawsuit against the Federal Communications Commission over the agency's decision to allow the city of Wilson to expand its municipal broadband network outside the city limits (Statewide, March).

Landowners refile lawsuit against Brunswick developer

May 14, 2015

(StarNews, Wilmington)

A group of about 115 landowners refiled a lawsuit claiming a local developer used overvalued appraisals to inflate the value of 62 lots in Brunswick County. The same lawsuit was dropped in April 2014.

Wilmington's nCino partners with Deloitte

May 13, 2015

(Greater Wilmington Business Journal)

Deloitte Digital, a division of Deloitte Consulting, will add nCino's Bank Operating System to its portfolio of services offered to banking and financial clients across the world. Built on the Salesforce platform, nCino's software helps lenders trim paperwork, increase efficiency and reduce operating costs.

2,600-home community proposed for Pender County

May 11, 2015

(Greater Wilmington Business Journal)

A development group called Lane's Ferry Landing wants to build a mixed-use community on 988 acres in Pender County with up to 2,600 residential units, a marina, retail shops and offices. County officials are expected to consider the master development plan later this month and in June.

Mountaire will fire workers seen in undercover video

May 8, 2015

(The Fayetteville Observer)

Mountaire Farms said it will fire workers who were seen abusing chickens at its Robeson County plant in a video released by animal-rights group Compassion Over Killing.

ECU graduates first dental class

May 8, 2015

(The Daily Reflector)

ECU will graduate the first class of students from its School of Dentistry this week. The school operates community-service learning centers across the state to provide training for its students and dental care for underserved areas.

Animal-rights group alleges abuse at Robeson plant

May 7, 2015

(The Fayetteville Observer)

A group called Compassion Over Killing released a video Monday alleging that workers at a Mountaire Farms plant in Robeson County illegally abused chickens. The group had someone obtain a job at the plant to act as an undercover investigator.

UNC medical school considers Wilmington branch campus

May 7, 2015

(StarNews, Wilmington)

The UNC School of Medicine is looking at opening a campus at New Hanover Regional Medical Center in Wilmington. The school has similar campuses in Asheville and Charlotte.

Wilmington tourism leader predicts strong season

May 6, 2015

(Greater Wilmington Business Journal)

A tourism-industry official said the Wilmington area has seen a steady increase in tourism spending in recent years and predicts that trend will continue. "We believe that we could very well see our best summer yet," Kim Hufham said. Hufham is CEO of the Wilmington and Beaches Convention & Visitors Bureau.

Wilmington's N2 Publishing added 80 jobs in first quarter

May 5, 2015

(Greater Wilmington Business Journal)

N2 Publishing added 80 employees in the first quarter, including 35 in Wilmington, and moved to a new 32,000-square-foot headquarters. The company produces customized neighborhood newsletters.

Wilmington Downtown wants more time to consider MSD

May 4, 2015

(Greater Wilmington Business Journal)

Wilmington Downtown wants to extend a May 1 deadline to submit a recommendation on the creation of a municipal service district. A task force that has studied the potential MSD, which would assess special taxes for services beyond what the city provides, says it needs more time to meet with downtown residents and develop plans.

Film industry spent $241M in NC in 2014

May 1, 2015

(StarNews, Wilmington)

Film and TV productions spent more than $241 million in North Carolina in 2014 and are eligible to receive $60 million in state incentives. More than half the expenses – $137 million – represent productions shot in Brunswick, New Hanover and Pender counties. Fox's Sleepy Hollow was the biggest spender, with expenses totaling more than $43 million.

Spring lawsuit moved to federal court

May 1, 2015

(Greater Wilmington Business Journal)

A lawsuit filed by former Cape Fear Community College President Ted Spring will now be heard in a federal District Court instead of New Hanover Superior Court. The suit alleges college trustees forced Spring to resign in January. He is seeking reinstatement and at least $25,000 in damages.

Study ranks Wilmington a top place to start a business

April 30, 2015

(StarNews, Wilmington)

Wilmington ranked No. 2 among best places in the country to start a business, according to personal-finance website NerdWallet.com. The study looked at 183 metro areas with 15,000 or more businesses and populations greater than 250,000. Wilmington earned high marks for its growing population, strong tourism industry and high volume of businesses. Boulder, Colo., was the top-ranked city.

Brunswick County home sales outpacing Wilmington area

April 29, 2015

(Greater Wilmington Business Journal)

Sales of single-family homes in Brunswick County increased 25.4% in the first quarter, compared with the same period a year ago. Sales were boosted by retirees and second-home buyers looking to move closer to the coast, according to a local realtor. The average sales price increased 17.2% to $248,681.

'A Chef's Life' wins Daytime Emmy

April 28, 2015

(Kinston Free Press)

A Chef's Life, the PBS television series directed by Pink Hill native and Durham resident Cynthia Hill and featuring Kinston chef Vivian Howard, won a Daytime Emmy award for Outstanding Directing in a Lifestyle/Culinary/Travel Program.

New Bern's redevelopment efforts an 'example' for other towns

April 27, 2015

(New Bern Sun Journal)

Nearly $323.9 million in public and private funds has been invested over the last 35 years in New Bern's downtown, resulting in the creation of 608 jobs. It's the largest investment of any city that participates in the N.C. Main Street program, which was started in 1980 to help revitalize central business districts across the state.

NC ports on pace for record year

April 27, 2015

(StarNews, Wilmington)

The N.C. State Ports Authority reported a 20% increase in container volume in the third quarter compared with the same period a year ago, and the Port of Wilmington is on track to set a fiscal-year record. Container volume increased 34% in March.

Wilmington's Azalea Festival attacts 300,000 people

April 22, 2015

(Greater Wilmington Business Journal)

About 300,000 people attended this month's Azalea Festival in Wilmington. A 2011 study showed 160,000 people participated in the festival that year. Event officials estimate the festival's annual economic impact is at least $60,000.

Apple buys forest land in Brunswick County

April 17, 2015

(StarNews, Wilmington)

Through a partnership with nonprofit environmental group The Conservation Fund, Apple has acquired more than 3,600 acres of forest land in Brunswick County. The California-based company plans to harvest timber using sustainable practices and use it in packaging for products including iPhones, iPads and Apple TVs.
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