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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.

App developer Next Glass moving HQ to downtown Wilmington

August 28, 2014

(Greater Wilmington Business Journal)

Next Glass, a Wilmington-based startup that is developing an app that provides beer and wine recommendations, will move its headquarters to an 11,000-square-foot space in downtown Wilmington. The company will invest $2 million in the space and could add more than 30 employees to its existing 16.

Southport hospital plans job cuts

August 28, 2014

(StarNews, Wilmington)

The board of trustees for 25-bed Dosher Memorial Hospital decided to offer early retirement to some employees to reduce staff. The Southport hospital has seen a decline in the number of patients over the past year and had a negative operating margin of 3.06% in fiscal 2013.

Wilson asks FCC for permission to expand municipal Internet service

August 28, 2014

(The News & Observer, Raleigh)

Wilson is asking the Federal Communications Commission to override North Carolina's telecommunications law and allow it to expand its Greenlight high-speed Internet service to nearby communities. The city wants to expand the service to about 7,600 households in Wilson County and about 1,000 households in neighboring counties.

Southeastern NC legislators frustrated after short session

August 28, 2014

(StarNews, Wilmington)

Legislators from Southeastern N.C. left the General Assembly's short session frustrated as film incentives were significantly reduced and prospects of gaining more than 1,000 jobs and a proposed tire plant were diminished when legislators voted against establishing a $20 million "closing fund" for corporate recruiting.

Wilmington leaders want legislature to reconvene over film incentives

August 27, 2014

(StarNews, Wilmington)

Wilmington and New Hanover County leaders plan to send a letter to Gov. Pat McCrory requesting he reconvene the General Assembly to discuss changes to the state's film incentive program, which they say will cost the area jobs. Legislators changed the current incentive, which has no cap, to a $10 million grant. North Carolina gave out $61 million in tax credits in 2013 to film productions.

Fayetteville officials to hold public meeting on proposed poultry plant

August 26, 2014

(The Fayetteville Observer)

The Fayetteville Regional Chamber will host a public meeting Sept. 2 to discuss Sanderson Farms' proposed $113 million chicken-processing plant. Opponents to the plant, which would create about 1,000 jobs, have voiced concerns over traffic, feathers, noise and potential groundwater contamination.

Wilmington's PPD names new CFO

August 27, 2014

(Greater Wilmington Business Journal)

PPD named Robert Hureau executive vice president and chief financial officer effective Sept. 23. He comes from Centaur Guernsey L.P., a San Antonio, Texas-based medical technology company, where he served in the same roles.

DENR to fine Duke Energy over coal-ash pollution at Sutton plant

August 27, 2014

(WRAL.com)

The state Department of Environment and Natural Resources issued a violation notice to Duke Energy over ongoing groundwater contamination at the utility's Sutton plant in New Hanover County.

Timeline uncertain for coastal wind-farm development

August 26, 2014

(StarNews, Wilmington)

At least five companies have expressed interest in developing offshore wind projects in North Carolina, though it is unclear when construction could begin. The federal government identified three offshore parcels for potential wind-energy development, including two south of Wilmington and one near Kitty Hawk.

Former Hardee's exec gets promotion

August 26, 2014

(Rocky Mount Telegram)

Ned Lyerly became president of California-based CKE Restaurants' international division July 16. Lyerly worked for CKE and Hardee's in Raleigh and Rocky Mount from 1984 to 2001. CKE is the parent of Carl's Jr. and Hardee's restaurant chains. 

Hundreds of film supporters gather in Wilmington

August 25, 2014

(StarNews, Wilmington)

Several hundred crew members, vendors and others gathered for a group photo at Wilmington's Battleship Park to show support for the local film industry. The state legislature will allow the current incentive program to expire Jan. 1, 2015 and will replace it with a $10 million grant program.

Coastal Federation to help develop economic-development model for Wilmington area

August 22, 2014

(Greater Wilmington Business Journal)

The N.C. Coastal Federation launched an initiative to establish a model industrial development process for Wilmington and New Hanover County that will help preserve the area's natural resources.

Projections show Fort Bragg population to hold steady through 2020

August 22, 2014

(The Fayetteville Observer)

Department of Defense projections show that Fort Bragg's population of about 57,000 troops would be reduced to about 54,000 in fiscal year 2020, while the number of civilian employees will remain about the same at more than 14,400.