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Tech company expected to bring 30 jobs to downtown Wilmington

September 25, 2014

(StarNews, Wilmington)

A month after Wilmington-based Next Glass announced it was moving its offices downtown, another unidentified tech company is said to be in talks to bring 30 employees to the Murchison Building in Wilmington.

Wilmington in running for best riverfront city

September 24, 2014

(StarNews, Wilmington)

Wilmington is among 20 candidates for USA Today's Best American Riverfront cities. Readers can cast votes until Oct. 20.

Future uncertain for Sanderson Farms plant in Cumberland County

September 23, 2014

(The Fayetteville Observer)

While Cumberland County commissioners remain divided over whether to offer Sanderson Farms incentives to build a $113 million chicken-processing plant, a company representative says other communities are interested in the project. It isn't clear if any of those communities are in North Carolina.

UNCW economist Hall announces retirement

September 23, 2014

(Greater Wilmington Business Journal)

William "Woody" Hall will retire at the end of the current academic year after 41 years at UNC Wilmington. Hall is the senior economist for UNCW's Swain Center for Business and Economic Services and has conducted research on the Wilmington-area economy for years.
Also: UNC Wilmington announces search committee for new chancellor

New Bern officials hope to redevelop century-old train depot

September 22, 2014

(Sun-Journal, New Bern)

About 1,200 people attended an open house at the shuttered Union Station train depot in New Bern on Sunday. Local officials hope to restore and redevelop the 103-year-old structure, which was abandoned in 1987, to include retail, restaurant and office space. 

NC solar projects awarded $55 million in federal funding

September 19, 2014

(The News & Observer, Raleigh)

The U.S. Department of Agriculture announced $55.3 million in federal loan guarantees for 22 solar energy projects in North Carolina, including ones in Hertford, Columbus and Warren Counties.

Cary developer plans second Wilmington apartment project

September 19, 2014

(Greater Wilmington Business Journal)

Symphony Properties plans to build a 256-apartment complex on about 15 acres along Wilmington's Independence Blvd. The Cary-based company is also developing the 278-unit Sawmill Point apartment project in downtown Wilmington.

Dominion to hold public meetings on pipeline project

September 18, 2014

(The Fayetteville Observer)

Richmond, Va.-based Dominion Resources will hold a series of public meetings in Eastern N.C. next week for residents to learn more about the proposed Atlantic Coast Pipeline. Meetings will be held in Pembroke, Fayetteville, Smithfield, Nashville and Weldon.

Cumberland County postpones decision on proposed chicken plant

September 17, 2014

(The Fayetteville Observer)

After failing to reach an agreement over incentives for Sanderson Farms' proposed $113 million chicken-processing plant, Cumberland County commissioners decided to put the project on hold. The plant would create 1,000 jobs in Fayetteville, though many residents and property owners are against it due to concerns over property values and environmental impact.

NJ Gov. Christie in Wilmington to support Tillis

September 17, 2014

(StarNews, Wilmington)

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie joined N.C. House Speaker Thom Tillis in Wilmington Tuesday to support Tillis' campaign for U.S. Senate. About 40 protestors demonstrated outside The Dixie Grill, where the lawmakers attended a rally, many disgruntled over Tillis' involvement in reducing North Carolina's film incentives.

Campbell University has most NC undergrads

September 16, 2014

(The Fayetteville Observer)

Since 2009, Buies Creek-based Campbell University has enrolled more undergraduate students from North Carolina than any other private college or university in the state, according to a report based on data from the N.C. Independent Colleges and Universities.

NCDOT, SELC seek compromise on Bonner Bridge replacement

September 16, 2014

(The News & Observer, Raleigh)

The N.C. Department of Transportation is working with the Southern Environmental Law Center to find a solution to replace the Outer Banks' Bonner Bridge. The SELC has proposed a 17-mile bridge to replace the aging structure, while the DOT wants to build a less expensive parallel bridge. The two parties say they are in talks to work out a compromise.

Dollar stores proliferate in southeastern NC

September 15, 2014

(StarNews, Wilmington)

The nation's top three dollar-store chains operate a combined 40 stores in New Hanover, Brunswick and Pender counties, and more are planned. The smaller-store format allows the stores to act as corner or convenience stores in locations without grocery stores nearby.

Fayetteville may link chicken-plant incentives to local hiring

September 12, 2014

(The Fayetteville Observer)

Fayetteville City Council may require Sanderson Farms to hire mostly Cumberland County contractors to build its proposed $113 million chicken plant in order for the Mississippi-based company to receive local incentives. The city could also require the poultry producer to hire county residents to fill the majority of its 1,000 jobs.

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.