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Cumberland officials to discuss alternate route for proposed pipeline

March 4, 2015

(The Fayetteville Observer)

Cumberland County officials will meet next week with representatives from Dominion Resources and Piedmont Natural Gas to discuss altering the route of the proposed Atlantic Coast Pipeline. County staff members are concerned the pipeline will hinder development at the 485-acre Cedar Creek industrial park, which hasn't had a single tenant since it opened 10 years ago.

ECU, PCC to establish bio-manufacturing training center

March 3, 2015

(WNCT.com)

East Carolina University and Pitt Community College will join forces to build a training center for bio-manufacturing. The Golden LEAF Foundation will provide more than $1 million in grant money for the project.

Wilmington officials consider road extension for Vertex Rail

March 3, 2015

(Greater Wilmington Business Journal)

Wilmington City Council will consider a proposal under which the city and New Hanover County would each spend $300,000 toward an extension Raleigh Street that would provide additional road access for Vertex Rail. The N.C. Department of Transportation would contribute $900,000 to the project. Vertex Rail plans to hire 1,300 people at a rail-car manufacturing site in Wilmington.

McCrory pledges to support ECU medical school

March 3, 2015

(The Daily Reflector)

Gov. Pat McCrory said Monday he will add $8 million to his state budget for each of the next two years to support ECU's Brody School of Medicine.

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.