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UNC Wilmington chief of staff leaving for Clemson

March 16, 2015

(Greater Wilmington Business Journal)

Max Allen, chief of staff at UNC Wilmington, will leave to take a similar position at Clemson University beginning June 1. Allen is the sixth UNCW administrator to announce plans to leave in the past year.

Robeson attracts $139 million poultry investment

March 13, 2015

Robeson County, an eastern North Carolina county hard hit by declining manufacturing employment, attracted a $139 million poultry operation that is expected to employ 1,100 people within three years.

Smoked salmon plant opens in Pender County

March 13, 2015

(Greater Wilmington Business Journal)

Brooklyn, N.Y.-based Acme Smoked Fish has opened its 100,000-square-foot plant in Pender County, where it plans to produce 10 million pounds of smoked salmon per year. More than 50 people work at the plant, and the company plans to add more jobs as production increases. The company said in 2013 it would invest up to $30 million and hire 120 workers in Pender County.

Peanut company adding 78 jobs in Edenton

March 11, 2015

(Winston-Salem Journal)

A peanut company plans to invest $30 million in its Edenton plant and will add 78 jobs. Jimbo's Jumbos, an affiliate of Hampton Farms, currently employs 208 people in Chowan County. 

Bill aims to keep some port contracts confidential

March 11, 2015

(StarNews, Wilmington)

N.C. Sen. Michael Lee of New Hanover County introduced a bill that would prevent the public from viewing certain contracts between the N.C. State Ports Authority and its clients. Lee says the reason for the proposal is that the authority doesn't want competitors to know its price structure. The proposal would not apply to lease and operating agreements.

Texas company to build $154M solar farm in Gray's Creek

March 10, 2015

(The Fayetteville Observer)

Principal Solar said it will build a $154 million solar farm that will generate about 72.9 megawatts of electricity in Cumberland and Bladen counties. The Dallas-based company announced plans last month for a $173 million solar project near Hope Mills, about 10 miles from the new site, which it says will be the largest solar facility east of the Rocky Mountains.

Fayetteville officials oppose Cary's plan to take water from the Cape Fear

March 10, 2015

(The Fayetteville Observer)

State environmental officials gave Cary preliminary approval to remove an additional 9 million gallons a day from the Cape Fear River to accommodate water demand. Opponents in Fayetteville worry the request will affect water quality and availability downstream and will set a precedent for other growing Triangle communities. 

Lumberton health system to partner with Campbell University

March 9, 2015

(The Fayetteville Observer)

Southeastern Health in Lumberton will team up with Campbell University to develop an emergency-medicine residency program for the university's Jerry M. Wallace School of Osteopathic Medicine, which focuses on training doctors for rural and underserved communities.

Pactiv adding 59 jobs in Kinston

March 6, 2015

(The News & Observer, Raleigh)

An Illinois-based packaging company will invest $24 million in its Kinston plant and will add 59 jobs. Pactiv makes cartons and other packaging products for companies including McDonald's, Wal-Mart and Kroger. The company employs more than 1,000 at six locations in North Carolina.

Southeastern lawmakers propose $66M for film grants

March 6, 2015

(StarNews, Wilmington)

Legislators from Brunswick and New Hanover counties introduced bills in the state House and Senate Thursday that would designate $66 for the state's film-incentive grant program. Gov. Pat McCrory's proposed budget only allocates $10 million for the grants. Wilmington Mayor Bill Saffo said last month the program would need $60 million per year to keep the level of business the industry had in 2014.

Spring asks to be reinstated as CFCC president

March 5, 2015

(StarNews, Wilmington)

Former Cape Fear Community College President Ted Spring rescinded his resignation on Wednesday, demanding to be reinstated. In a letter addressed to the school's board of trustees, Spring's attorney says the board did not follow proper procedure when it told Spring in January that if he did not resign, it would return to open session and fire him.

nCino to offer training course for potential employees

March 4, 2015

(Greater Wilmington Business Journal)

Wilmington-based nCino will offer a certification course in Salesforce, the cloud-based platform on which its Bank Operating System is based, in an effort to draw from local talent as it looks to fill 40 to 75 new jobs in 2015. The software company announced last week it has raised $29 million in financing that will allow it to expand in the U.S. and internationally.

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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