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Film industry awaits guidelines for new grant program

September 12, 2014

(StarNews, Wilmington)

Film productions are still waiting to learn how to apply for the state's new grant program, which will go into effect in 2015. Johnny Griffin, director of the Wilmington Regional Film Commission, says television and film projects planning to film in early 2015 will begin searching for locations by early October.

Enviva to invest $214 million in wood-pellet plants

September 10, 2014

(The News & Observer, Raleigh)

Enviva will invest $214 million and create 160 jobs at two wood-pellet mills in Richmond and Sampson counties. The Maryland-based company will receive up to $1.7 million in state incentives if it meets job creation and investment targets. The wood pellets will be shipped from Port of Wilmington to Europe, where they are used for fuel (Timber Tantrum, August).  

NC State alters controversial Hofmann Forest sale

September 10, 2014

(The News & Observer, Raleigh)

N.C. State University will now sell 56,000 acres of its research forest near Jacksonville to an Alabama-based investment company that specializes in sustainable timber management. The original buyer, Hofmann Forest LLC, will buy the remaining 23,000 acres.

Boeing order brings more work to GE Aviation plant

September 10, 2014

(StarNews, Wilmington)

Production will increase at GE Aviation's Castle Hayne plant due to an Irish airline's $22 billion order for Boeing planes. Engine parts for the aircraft will be made at the New Hanover County plant. 

Floyd promoted to president of Vidant Medical Center

September 10, 2014

(The Daily Reflector, Greenville)

Brian Floyd was named president of Vidant Medical Center effective Oct. 1. Floyd is currently executive vice-president of the Greenville medical center. He will replace Steve Lawler, who will become president emeritus and market leader for Vidant Health before retiring in 2016.

Coalition forms following pipeline announcement

September 9, 2014

(The News & Observer, Raleigh)

A group of 22 environmental protection groups in Virginia and West Virginia are teaming up following the announcement of a proposed $5 billion natural gas pipeline that will run through both states and eastern North Carolina. 

WNCT wants to oust WRAL from Greenville, Kinston markets

September 9, 2014

(Kinston Free Press)

Media General, which owns Greenville-based CBS affiliate WNCT, has asked the Federal Communications Commission to remove Raleigh-based WRAL from cable packages offered in Kinston and Greenville.

Wilson's FCC petition draws comments from telecom leaders

September 8, 2014

(The Wilson Times)

About 150 comments have been filed with the FCC since the City of Wilson asked the federal agency to overturn a state law that would allow it to expand its Greenlight broadband network beyond county lines. Netflix wrote in favor of the city's request, while AT&T, CenturyLink and USTelecom opposed the petition.

New Hanover Regional to acquire SEAHEC

September 8, 2014

(StarNews, Wilmington)

New Hanover Regional Medical Center will acquire SEAHEC, a continuing education center for Southeastern N.C. health-care professionals. NHRMC will gain 25 physicians and more than 100 additional employees when the deal is completed.

Belhaven revokes building permit for 24-hour Vidant clinic

September 5, 2014

(The Daily Reflector, Greenville)

The town of Belhaven revoked a building permit for Vidant Health's proposed 24-hour health-care center and helipad. The Greenville-based hospital system is involved in a legal battle with the town, which wants to assume ownership of and reopen the shuttered Vidant Pungo Hospital. 

Related: Pungo parties spar in Greenville

Jones named chancellor of ECSU

September 5, 2014

(The News & Observer, Raleigh)

The UNC Board of Governors named Stacey Franklin Jones chancellor of Elizabeth City State University. A mathematician and software engineer, Jones has served as a management consultant based in Washington, D.C., since 2011 and has held leadership positions at colleges in South Carolina and Maryland. 

Wilmington's Live Oak Bank to remain private

September 4, 2014

(Greater Wilmington Business Journal)

Live Oak Bank will remain a private company, despite the Wilmington company's SEC filing for an initial public offering in April (Statewide, June). A company spokeswoman said the bank has closed on a private investment from Boston-based Wellington Management.

Wilson unsure of pipeline benefits

September 4, 2014

(The Wilson Times)

Wilson city officials worry that the city will reap little or no benefits from a new, 550-mile natural gas pipeline that will run through Wilson County. Chief Operations Officer Dathan Shows says the city has been unsuccessful in efforts to talk with utility companies about purchasing gas from the pipeline.

Wilmington engineering firm expands to Charlotte, Atlanta

September 4, 2014

(Greater Wilmington Business Journal)

Criser Troutman Tanner Consulting Engineers, founded in Wilmington in 1950, has opened an office in Charlotte and one in Atlanta. A company spokeswoman said the engineering firm has existing clients and prospects in both cities.

McCrory says pipeline will generate economic growth in Eastern NC

September 3, 2014

(The News & Observer, Raleigh)

Gov. Pat McCrory told business leaders in Robeson and Wilson counties the $4.5 billion Atlantic Coast Pipeline will create more than 700 jobs in Eastern N.C. during the construction phase and about 50 permanent jobs once the project is completed. The pipeline is a joint venture between Dominion Resources, Duke Energy, Piedmont Natural Gas and AGL Resources.

Hundreds turn out for Fayetteville chicken-plant meeting

September 3, 2014

(The Fayetteville Observer)

About 400 people gathered Tuesday night to hear local chamber and state agriculture officials present information about Sanderson Farms' proposed chicken-processing plant in Cumberland County. The proposed $113 million plant would create up to 1,000 jobs, though opponents are concerned about odor and the plant's effect on local water quality. 

Wilmington film production to continue into late 2014

September 3, 2014

(Greater Wilmington Business Journal)

Film production is continuing on 20th Century Fox Television's Sleepy Hollow drama series in Wilmington, and pre-production work will begin soon for The Choice, a movie adaptation of a Nicholas Sparks novel. Film work completed in 2014 is eligible for the state's 25% tax credit program, which will expire Jan. 1.

Wilmington eases restrictions for breweries

September 3, 2014

(StarNews, Wilmington)

The Wilmington City Council voted to ease restrictions on breweries, making it easier for craft breweries to operate within the city's mixed-use and business zoning districts

Summer business 'steady' at Southeastern NC beaches

September 2, 2014

(StarNews, Wilmington)

Owners of coastal hotels, restaurants and shops in Southeastern N.C. say business was steady this summer, despite heavy rains in August and Hurricane Arthur's brush with the the coastline on July 3.  Southport businesses fared particularly well, led by tourists wanting to visit sites featured in the movie "Safe Haven," which was filmed there in 2012. 

Dosher Memorial to lay off 31 workers

August 29, 2014

(Greater Wilmington Business Journal)

Dosher Memorial Hospital confirmed it will lay off 31 of its approximately 350 workers, cut hours for some employees, and offer early retirement to 38 others. The Southport hospital has experienced a decline in patient numbers and lost about $1.3 million in the first nine months of the current fiscal year.