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Durham's Validic raises $12.5M

April 29, 2015

(WRAL TechWire)

Durham-based Validic completed a $12.5 million financing led by Kaiser Permanente Ventures. The company, which provides a technology platform for health-monitoring devices and applications, plans to use the proceeds to increase hiring. 

RDU gains nonstop flight to Seattle

April 29, 2015

(The News & Observer, Raleigh)

Raleigh-Durham International Airport will add its third West Coast nonstop flight when Alaska Airlines begins nonstop service to Seattle on Oct. 1.

Grocers expand, remodel to compete for shoppers

April 29, 2015

(The Pilot, Southern Pines)

In Moore County, all seven Food Lion stores are undergoing renovations, Harris Teeter is building a new, larger store and Lowes Foods plans to break ground within weeks on a new store in Southern Pines.

Longtime donor gives $16M to NC State vet school

April 28, 2015

(The News & Observer, Raleigh)

The Randall B. Terry Charitable Foundation has given $16 million to N.C. State University's College of Veterinary Medicine. The money will be used for student scholarships, endowed professorships and research. The foundation has donated more than $47 million to the school since 1996.

Yadkin Bank to close six branches

April 28, 2015

(The News & Observer, Raleigh)

Yadkin Bank plans to sell or close six underperforming branches in the third quarter as part of a cost-cutting measure. The Raleigh-based bank did not disclose which branches would be affected. The company also said Executive Chairman Joe Towell will become chairman and will no longer be involved in day-to-day operations.
Related: Merger helps send Yadkin Financial net income up almost eightfold

Raleigh boosters push for more downtown retail

April 27, 2015

(WRAL.com)

Raleigh's center city needs more retail businesses, according to officials with the Downtown Raleigh Alliance. About 1,800 downtown housing units are under construction, which is expected to add an estimated 3,000 residents.

Durham's Bronto Software sells for $200M

April 24, 2015

(The News & Observer, Raleigh)

California-based NetSuite will acquire marketing-technology company Bronto Software for $200 million. Founded 15 years ago, Bronto employs more than 250 people globally, including 220 in Durham. It will operate as a business unit of NetSuite, and no layoffs are expected.

Japanese company moving US headquarters to Cary

April 23, 2015

(The News & Observer, Raleigh)

CBC Americas, a subsidiary of a Japanese company with diverse operations, will move its U.S. headquarters from New York to Cary and open a distribution center in Mebane. The company plans to create 96 jobs and invest $3.5 million in North Carolina over five years.

Google launches low-cost wireless plan

April 23, 2015

(WRAL TechWire)

Google has introduced a low-cost wireless phone service that uses both cellular and Wi-Fi networks, similar to Raleigh's Republic Wireless. Project Fi will cost $20 a month, plus $10 per each gigabyte of cellular data.

Company to create 47 high-paying jobs in Cary

April 22, 2015

(The News & Observer, Raleigh)

Gov. Pat McCrory is expected to announce Wednesday the name of a company that will move its headquarters to Cary, bringing 47 jobs. The Cary Town Council approved $23,500 in incentives for the company, which will invest $1.3 million. Average annual salary for the jobs will be $85,000.

Layoffs grow at Southern Pines background-screening company

April 22, 2015

(The Pilot, Southern Pines)

Irvine, Calif.-based Accurate Background has laid off about half of Hirease's 90 employees in Southern Pines. The company, which provides employment and workforce screening services, acquired Hirease about six months ago and is consolidating operations.

Raleigh medical-device company raises $5.6M

April 21, 2015

(The News & Observer, Raleigh)

Contego Medical raised $5.6 million in a funding led by Durham-based Hatteras Venture Partners. The Raleigh-based company plans to use the funds to develop new products and expand its workforce.

Republic Wireless to introduce new pricing plan

April 21, 2015

(The News & Observer, Raleigh)

Cary-based Republic Wireless, which offers a low-cost hybrid phone service that uses both Wi-Fi and cellular networks, is developing a new pricing plan that would refund money each month to consumers for unused cellular data.
Related: "Calling Ahead," September 2013

Cary to consider incentives for corporate relocation

April 17, 2015

(The News & Observer, Raleigh)

The Cary Town Council is considering granting incentives to an unnamed company that could move its headquarters there. The company would bring 47 jobs with an average annual salary of $85,000. The N.C. Commerce Department is negotiating with the company.

Study: Raleigh No. 2 in tech-related job growth

April 16, 2015

(WRALTechWire)

The Raleigh metro area ranked No. 2 behind Austin, Texas on a Forbes study of cities with the highest growth rate in the technology sector between 2004 and 2014. Tech-related jobs in Raleigh grew 62.3%, according to the report. Raleigh ranked first in job growth related to STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) skills.

Durham's Innocrin Pharmaceuticals raises $28M

April 16, 2015

(The News & Observer, Raleigh)

Innocrin Pharmaceuticals has raised $28 million in a financing led by Wilmington venture-capital firm Eshelman Ventures, which was started by PPD founder Fred Eshelman. The Durham-based company, which does not have any products on the market, plans to use the money to develop treatments for breast and prostate cancer.

Lee County resident seeks to halt fracking applications

April 16, 2015

(The News & Observer, Raleigh)

The owner of a Lee County horse farm is questioning the legality of the state's fracking rules and has asked a Wake County judge to block fracking permit applications from being processed. Keely Wood Puricz says the state's fracking regulations are illegal because the commission that created them is unconstitutional due to the fact that the state legislature appointed most of its members.

Duke moving entrepreneurship academy downtown

April 16, 2015

(The Herald-Sun, Durham)

Duke University will move its Innovation and Entrepreneurship Initiative to a downtown redevelopment led by Longfellow Real Estate Partners and Measurement Inc. The Durham Innovation District will cover 1.7 million square feet and will include office and lab space, plus 50,000 square feet of retail and 300 residential units.

Cary's Dude Solutions acquires Sanford software company

April 15, 2015

(The News & Observer, Raleigh)

Cary-based Dude Solutions has acquired Mobile311, a small Sanford-based software company, for an undisclosed amount. The company will incorporate Mobile311's technology into its FacilityDude software, which helps government groups and others manage building maintenance and IT operations.

Lee County residents protest coal-ash storage plans

April 14, 2015

(The News & Observer, Raleigh)

About 140 people turned out Monday for a public hearing on Duke Energy's proposal to store up to 20 million tons of coal ash in two Lee County landfills. Lee County initially opposed the proposal but has since agreed not to challenge the plan in exchange for a $12 million payment from the utility.