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Brunswick County riverwalk project gets approval from town of Belville

September 25, 2013

(The StarNews, Wilmington)

The Belville Board of Commissioners voted to support the proposed Brunswick Riverwalk project after 98 percent of area residents surveyed approve of the project. The project would be developed in phases and include a fishing pier, shops, restaurants and bicycle trails. Belville is located five miles from Wilmington and the Cape Fear River.

Sampson County meat plant closes after 58 years

September 23, 2013

(The Fayetteville Observer)

Martin's Abbatoir and Wholesale Meats Inc. closed last week in Godwin, leaving 180 employees out of work. Jeffrey Martin, director of operations at the plant, said the company had to close due to problems finding cattle suppliers. The plant, which opened in 1958, was once one of the top 20 cattle processors in the United States.

Cumberland County sends termination letters to coliseum workers

September 19, 2013

(The Fayetteville Observer)

All 28 employees of the Crown Center in Fayetteville are receiving termination letters this week as Cumberland County moves ahead with negotiations with Philadelphia-based Global Spectrum, a private management company. The company has said it typically hires about 80 percent of the existing workers when it takes over a venue.

ECU dental school will build clinic in Lumberton

September 18, 2013

(The Daily Reflector, Greenville)

The East Carolina University School of Dental Medicine announced plans to build a community service learning center in Lumberton. The center will provide underserved residents with dental care while offering students opportunities to hone techniques and learn skills. The $3 million center will be one of several such centers ECU has planned throughout the state, including two already open in Ahoskie and Elizabeth City.

New Hanover approves incentives for Live Oak Bank

September 17, 2013

(StarNews, Wilmington)

New Hanover County commissioners voted to approve incentives worth $325,000 to Live Oak Bank for a new headquarters for nCino, its bank-operating system software company. The City of Wilmington will vote Tuesday on an additional incentive package of $250,000.

Federal judge approves DOT plan for Outer Banks bridge

September 17, 2013

(The News & Observer, Raleigh)

A federal judge rejected a lawsuit from the Southern Environmental Law Center which had stalled state Department of Transportation's plans to replace the 2.5-mile Bonner Bridge over Oregon Inlet. A state judge now must rule in the case before the DOT can move forward with the Outer Banks project.

Greenville manufacturer to expand, add 35 jobs

September 16, 2013

(The Winston-Salem Journal)

Domtar Corp., a manufacturer of pulp, paper and personal care products, announced it will hire 35 and invest $100,000 in an expansion of its Pitt County manufacturing plant. The new jobs will be in finance and accounting and will pay an average annual salary of $52,000.

CSX Corp. names Brunswick rail park a "Select Site"

September 13, 2013

(StarNews, Wilmington)

CSX Corp. has named the Mid Atlantic Industrial Rail Park as one of its CSX Select Sites for industrial development. A representative said proximity to the Port of Wilmington and the future completion of Interstate 140 attracted CSX to the site.

Plans developing for Wrightsville Beach mixed-use project

September 12, 2013

(StarNews, Wilmington)

A developer is in talks with several restaurant firms in search of an anchor tenant for a proposed mixed-use project near Johnnie Mercer's pier in Wrightsville Beach. Plans are still evolving for the project which would combine condominiums and commercial space.

Wilmington hospital, clinic form alliance with Blue Cross of NC

September 11, 2013

(StarNews, Wilmington)

New Hanover Regional Medical Center and Wilmington Health have formed an accountable care alliance with Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina, allowing the three companies to share patient information, a move all three say will improve care, increase transparency and lower costs.

Wilmington considers incentives for offshoot of Live Oak Bank

September 9, 2013

(StarNews, Wilmington)

Officials from Wilmington and New Hanover County are considering incentives worth $575,000 for Live Oak Bancshares, Inc. to build a new headquarters for nCino, a cloud-based bank management system. To receive the incentives, the company would have to create an additional 120 jobs with an average salary of $80,000 over the next five years. 

Wilmington area's GE Aviation plant inks two new aircraft deals

September 9, 2013

(StarNews, Wilmington)

GE Aviation recently signed two new airline engine contracts, one with Canada's WestJet Airlines and another with Delta, for its New Hanover county plant that will help ensure long-term stability there.

NC Eastern District prosecutor makes staff changes

September 9, 2013

(The News & Observer, Raleigh)

In an effort to restore accountability to his office after the U.S. Court of Appeals said it had violated discovery rules, Thomas Walker, U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of North Carolina, confirmed that staffing changes have been made and that he has adopted new rules for handling evidence in criminal cases.

Vidant Health to close Beaufort County hospital

September 6, 2013

(The Daily Reflector, Greenville)

Executives from Vidant Health System announced this week they will close Belhaven's Vidant Pungo Hospital, which employs 127, prompted by the decision of state officials to refuse federal funding to expand Medicaid. An outpatient multi-specialty clinic with 30-35 employees will open in its place.

Goldsboro receives federal grant for transportation infrastructure

September 5, 2013

(The News & Observer, Raleigh)

The city of Goldsboro will receive a $10 million grant from the U.S. Department of Transportation to be used for several downtown projects including a new bus transfer center.

Washington, N.C. company to add 159 jobs

September 5, 2013

(The Winston-Salem Journal)

Washington, N.C.-based IDX Impressions, a store fixture supplier, will expand its manufacturing facility there, investing $3 million and adding 159 workers to the 84 it already employs.

Consumers to get refunds in coastal real estate settlement

September 4, 2013

(Carteret County News-Times)

Attorney General Roy Cooper announced this week that buyers who invested in overvalued lots in two developments in Carteret and Onslow counties will get some of their money back.

State could lose potential biofuel jobs due to budget cuts

September 3, 2013

(The Fayetteville Observer)

The southeastern corner of North Carolina may be affected by state legislative cuts which eliminated funding for the North Carolina Biofuels Center. The center studied potential energy crops that would grow well in the state, providing a valuable resource for companies looking to locate here.

NCDOT issues report supporting new bridge plan for Carteret County

September 3, 2013

(The Carteret County News-Times)

Engineers from the North Carolina Department of Transportation will present a report to the U.S. Coast Guard which shows that most vessels will be able to pass safely under the proposed high-rise replacement bridge over Gallants Channel. If approved, construction could begin on the new bridge in early 2014.

Furlough period ends for Department of Defense workers at Fort Bragg

August 30, 2013

(The Fayetteville Observer)

A six-week period of "Furlough Fridays" has ended for about 8,500 civilian workers at the Department of Defense at Fort Bragg. Workers' paychecks were reduced by 20 percent during the period which ended after Aug. 16, the last unpaid day off for most of the affected workers.