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Asheville petition to restrict chain stores gains momentum

July 27, 2015

(Mountain Xpress)

An online petition calling for the city of Asheville to regulate or put a moratorium on corporate chain stores in the downtown area collected 2,000 signatures within a week. A local salon owner started the petition after retailer Anthropologie expressed interest in opening a store there.

Asheville's low wages linked to GDP

July 20, 2015

(Asheville Citizen-Times)

Workers in the Asheville area earn less than people living in other regions because its employers don't produce "high-value" products, local economists say.

Asheville's Moogfest moving to Durham in 2016

July 15, 2015

(Asheville Citizen-Times)

Moogfest, the music and technology festival held in downtown Asheville since 2008, will move to Durham in 2016, event organizers said Tuesday. "That city is exploding with technology, innovation, startups, and it just makes sense for Moogfest to be there," Emmy Parker, creative director of Moog Music, said.

Asheville has $1B in commercial projects in pipeline

July 13, 2015

(Asheville Citizen-Times)

Commercial real-estate developers have about $1 billion of projects planned for the Asheville area over the next five years, including hotels, retail space, offices and apartments.

Morganton plant sold; most jobs retained

July 13, 2015

(The News Herald, Morganton)

Louisville, Ky.-based Sypris Solutions has sold its Morganton manufacturing plant to Meritor, its largest customer, for $14.5 million. Meritor offered jobs to 117 of 140 workers who were employed at the plant, which makes components for commercial and industrial vehicles.

GE Aviation opens West Jefferson plant, touts importance of EXIM Bank

July 10, 2015

(StarNews, Wilmington)

While urging Congress to restart the federal Export Import Bank, GE Aviation held a grand opening of its West Jefferson machining factory on Thursday. The company has hired 45 workers and plans to hire an additional 60 by 2017 at the $65 million plant. The Ashe County plant is part of GE's previously announced statewide expansion that will account for more than 240 new jobs.

Asheville hotel sells for $33 million

July 10, 2015

(Asheville Citizen-Times)

Summit Hotel Properties paid about $33 million for the 115-room Hotel Indigo in downtown Asheville. The seller was Pennsylvania-based Hospitality Lodging Investors. Austin, Texas-based Summit plans to invest about $400,000 in capital improvements over the next year.

Buncombe adding fewer middle-class jobs

July 9, 2015

(Asheville Citizen-Times)

Asheville and Buncombe County added fewer middle-class jobs over the last five years when compared with jobs in the highest and lowest wage ranges, according to a new report. Nearby Henderson County experienced identical job growth across all three wage ranges.

Manufacturer adding 86 jobs in Shelby

July 2, 2015

(The Shelby Star)

Metal Works Manufacturing Co. will invest $3.9 million and add 86 jobs within the next three years. If it meets job-creation targets, the company will be eligible for $1.3 million in state incentives over 12 years.

Carpet manufacturer expanding in Rutherford County

June 30, 2015

(RC Catalyst)

White Oak Carpet Mills will add 40 jobs at its carpet- and rug-manufacturing operations in Rutherford County. The company will invest more than $4.1 million over three years in Spindale, where it has being making rugs for 16 years. White Oak is a division of Wichita, Kansas-based CAP Carpet.

Hi-Wire Brewing set to unveil new Asheville brewery

June 29, 2015

(Asheville Citizen-Times)

Hi-Wire Brewing will open its new, $3 million brewery near Asheville's Biltmore Village on July 25. The new facility will allow the beer company to boost annual production from 5,000-6,000 barrels to 55,000 barrels.

Small businesses await change as AdvantageWest winds downs operations

June 26, 2015

(Asheville Citizen-Times)

AdvantageWest began the complicated task of finding homes for its many economic-development programs before the organization announced it would close by year-end. Nonprofit Mountain BizWorks will acquire the Advantage Opportunity Fund, which provides loans to startups, and the ScaleUp WNC small-business consulting program.

Seven Falls developer sentenced to federal prison

June 26, 2015

(Asheville Citizen-Times)

Keith Vinson, 56, was sentenced to 18 years in prison for his involvement in the Seven Falls development scheme in Henderson County, in which alleged conspirators had "straw borrowers" take out loans they did not intend to repay to buy lots in an upscale golf community.

Duralee Fine Furniture adding 41 jobs in Morganton

June 25, 2015

(The News-Herald, Morganton)

Duralee Fine Furniture is expanding in Burke County and plans to add 41 new jobs at its 180,000-square-foot plant. A division of Bay Shore, N.Y.-based Duralee Fabrics, the company received a $410,000 grant from the N.C. Rural Infrastructure Authority for renovations to the building, which was built in 1963.

Mills River cidery preps for production

June 25, 2015

(Hendersonville Times-News)

Bold Rock Hard Cider expects to begin production at its new, 22,500-square-foot Mills River facility by the end of the summer. The Virginia-based company plans to use Henderson County apples in its hard cider.

A-B Tech closing Enka campus

June 23, 2015

(Asheville Citizen-Times)

Asheville-Buncombe Technical Community College will close two buildings on its Enka campus by the end of September as part of a cost-cutting effort. The Enka campus houses programs including a small business incubator and craft beverage institute; President Dennis King said the school will try to relocate as many programs as possible.

TE Connectivity meets goal of adding 40 jobs in Buncombe County

June 22, 2015

(Asheville Citizen-Times)

Buncombe County commissioners awarded TE Connectivity more than $37,000 in incentives in exchange for the company creating 40 jobs in Fairview over the last two years.

Asheville's 5x5 economic-development plan exceeds goals

June 19, 2015

(Asheville Citizen-Times)

Since July 2010, 36 companies have invested more than $1 billion and created 6,385 jobs in the Asheville region, according to the Asheville-Buncombe County Economic Development Coalition. The activity exceeded the goals of Asheville's 5-year economic-development plan, which aimed to create 5,000 jobs and draw $500 million in capital investment in five target sectors.

Oskar Blues ramps up production at Brevard brewery

June 11, 2015

(Asheville Citizen-Times)

With a 30% increase in annual sales, Oskar Blues Brewery in Brevard will increase capacity from 85,000 barrels to 210,000 barrels. Construction on the project, which includes a 17,000-square-foot building addition and an expanded wastewater treatment building, is expected to be complete in six months.

Montreat College welcomes students from Florida school

June 10, 2015

(Asheville Citizen-Times)

Montreat College has extended an offer for students of the shuttered Clearwater Christian College in Florida to transfer without delaying graduation or incurring additional costs. Each Clearwater student would receive a $6,000 award in addition to other financial aid for which the student may be eligible.

Charlotte

BofA joins major US companies in $140B environmental initiative

July 28, 2015

(The Charlotte Observer)

Charlotte-based Bank of America joined 12 other major U.S. corporations in committing to decrease their carbon footprints. Apple, Coca-Cola, Goldman Sachs Group and Wal-Mart Stores also pledged to reduce emissions, reduce water consumption and increase production of renewable energy.

Sonic Automotive promotes Scott Smith to CEO

July 28, 2015

(The Charlotte Observer)

Scott Smith, 47, will replace his father Bruton Smith as CEO of Sonic Automotive. Bruton Smith, 88, will become executive chairman of the Charlotte-based auto dealership. The younger Smith was named CEO of Speedway Motorsports earlier this year.

Bojangles' names new VP of IT and strategic planning

July 28, 2015

(The Charlotte Observer)

Bojangles' named Jayson Romeo vice president of IT and strategic planning. Romeo, who brings nearly three decades of quick-service restaurant experience, was hired in 2014 as senior director of strategic management.

Catawbas in talks with Hard Rock for NC casino

July 27, 2015

(The Charlotte Observer)

Catawba Indian Nation Chief Bill Harris says the tribe is negotiating with Hard Rock International for branding of its proposed $600 million casino near Kings Mountain. Gov. Pat McCrory and other state officials have said they oppose the casino and hotel project, which the South Carolina-based tribe says could employ up to 4,000 people.

Charlotte developer to build business park on 125 acres in Concord

July 27, 2015

(The Independent Tribune, Concord)

Charlotte-based Beacon Partners plans to build a commercial business park in Concord that could encompass about 1.5 million square feet.

Charlotte CEOs team up to tackle civic issues

July 24, 2015

(The Charlotte Observer)

A group of more than two dozen chief executives of Charlotte-based companies, universities and nonprofits are part of a new leadership council that will address civic issues such as education and transportation. Duke Energy CEO Lynn Good is chairwoman of the group, which also includes the CEOs of Piedmont Natural Gas, Carolinas HealthCare System, Belk and Bank of America.

Federal government opposes BofA appeal in Countrywide case

July 24, 2015

(The Charlotte Observer)

In a filing Wednesday, the U.S. government said an appeals court should not overturn a 2013 ruling requiring Bank of America to pay $1.27 billion in penalties for bad home loans sold through its Countrywide Financial unit.

BofA shuffles top executives

July 23, 2015

(The Charlotte Observer)

Paul Donofrio will succeed Bruce Thompson as CFO of Charlotte-based Bank of America. David Darnell, head of global wealth and investment management, also said he is stepping down.
Related: BofA financial chief's exit puts focus on bank's succession plan

Charlotte's SPX prepares to split into two companies

July 23, 2015

(The Charlotte Observer)

Charlotte-based manufacturer SPX will join a growing trend among corporations when it spins off its flow products division into a separate company, expected to be in the third quarter. SPX's stock hit a 52-week low Wednesday.

Wells Fargo is world's most valuable bank

July 23, 2015

(The Charlotte Observer)

With a market cap of $298.4 billion, Wells Fargo has overtaken Industrial & Commercial Bank of China to become the world's most valuable bank. The fourth-largest U.S. bank by assets, Wells Fargo has its largest employee base in Charlotte.
Related: Wells Fargo laying off 91 in Fort Mill mortgage unit

Extended Stay names new CEO

July 22, 2015

(The Charlotte Observer)

Extended Stay America named Gerry Lopez, chief executive of movie-theater chain AMC Entertainment, as its new CEO. Lopez will replace Jim Donald, the former Starbucks CEO who has led the Charlotte-based hotel chain since 2012 ("The suitcase CEO," August 2014).

Catawbas consider $350 million movie-studio project in SC

July 22, 2015

(The Charlotte Observer)

The Catawba Indians are considering spending $350 million on a development in York County, S.C., that would include movie studios, a cultural center, hotel and more. Tribal leaders are working with Studio South's Bert Hesse, who in 2013 proposed a $125 million film studio project at the site of the former Eastland Mall in Charlotte.

Synchrony Financial moving to bigger office in Charlotte

July 21, 2015

(The Charlotte Observer)

Synchrony Financial is moving to a larger office to accommodate future growth in Charlotte. The Stamford, Conn.-based credit card company employs about 400 in the Queen City and plans to add another 200 jobs by year-end.

Sonic Automotive reports Q2 results

July 21, 2015

(The Charlotte Observer)

Sonic Automotive reported revenue of $2.4 billion in the second quarter, a 3% increase over the same period a year ago. Net income fell 45% as expenses grew. The Charlotte-based auto dealer said it plans to expand its One Sonic One Experience sales model, which aims to streamline the car-buying experience, and add more EchoPark used-car dealerships over the next year.

With light rail on the way, Charlotte's NoDa attracts developers

July 20, 2015

(The Charlotte Observer)

Charlotte's NoDa neighborhood could see the biggest transformation when the 9.3-mile light-rail extension connecting downtown and UNC Charlotte is completed in 2017. Crescent Communities already plans to build 800 residential units at a proposed light-rail stop in NoDa.

Chiquita moving up to 200 jobs to Florida

July 17, 2015

(The Charlotte Observer)

Chiquita Brands International plans to move between 150 and 200 jobs from Charlotte to central Florida. The company, which was acquired by two Brazilian companies in January, said earlier this year it would relocate or eliminate 320 jobs by year-end.

Coke Consolidated refreshes investors

July 17, 2015

Charlotte-based Coca-Cola Bottling Co. Consolidated, though publicly held and the nation's largest independent Coke bottler, has long operated under the radar. Now its growth prospects are raising attention among investors, and its stock has soared over the last year after years of flat performance.

Charlotte economic-development groups to work together

July 17, 2015

(The Charlotte Observer)

The Charlotte Chamber and the Charlotte Regional Partnership said they will collaborate more on business-recruiting projects. The two groups will develop a new strategic plan that could include a join fundraising effort.

BofA beats expectations in second quarter

July 16, 2015

(The Charlotte Observer)

Bank of America reported profit of $5.3 billion in the second quarter, compared with $2.3 billion for the same period a year ago. The Charlotte-based bank has cut more than 16,000 employees and closed 234 branches over the last 12 months in an effort to cut costs.

Alevo to begin shipping batteries this fall

July 16, 2015

(The News & Observer, Raleigh)

Alevo Energy will begin shipping its battery modules to China this fall, according to Jeffrey Gates, vice president of global sales for the Swiss energy-storage company, which makes its products at the former Philip Morris cigarette plant in Concord.
Related: Battery maker appears at legislature to boost case for renewable energy legislation

Triad

Zoo director announces retirement

July 28, 2015

(High Point Enterprise)

David Jones will retire later this year after 21 years as director of the North Carolina Zoo. Chief Operating Officer Pat Simmons, who was previously president and CEO of the Akron, Ohio Zoo, will take over as director on Sept. 1.
Related: "Animal magnetism," a behind-the-scenes look at the N.C. Zoo, from BNC's July issue

Reynolds' e-cig slips in market share report

July 28, 2015

(Winston-Salem Journal)

Market share of Vuse, the electronic cigarette produced by Winston-Salem-based Reynolds American, has slipped from 35.7% to 34.2%, according to Nielsen data as of July 11. Blu eCigs, now owned by ITG Brands, was second with a 24.1% market share.
Related: Reynolds American beats 2Q profit forecasts

Yadkin Financial reports strong 2Q results

July 24, 2015

(Winston-Salem Journal)

Yadkin Financial reported record net income of $10.6 million for the second quarter, compared with $1.73 million a year ago before the bank's merger with VantageSouth Bancshares.

BNC Bancorp reports 2Q earnings

July 23, 2015

(Winston-Salem Journal)

BNC Bancorp reported a 26% increase in net income to $11 million in the second quarter. Following its $101.3 million acquisition of Roanoke, Va.-based Valley Financial, the High Point-based bank now has assets totaling more than $5 billion.

High Point approves incentives for HAECO expansion

July 22, 2015

(Winston-Salem Journal)

The High Point City Council unanimously approved incentive totaling $147,000 for HAECO Americas, formerly Timco Aviation, to add 147 jobs and transfer 252 existing ones to a 250,000-square-foot building south of Interstate 40.

BB&T incentive plan sparks controversy

July 21, 2015

(The Charlotte Observer)

Five top executives of BB&T are in line to receive $2.6 million in bonuses once the Winston-Salem-based bank successfully completes its integration with Susquehanna Bancshares. A Miami-based bank consultant says those bonuses are usually paid out to the IT staff who actually do the work to convert the computer systems.

Whitaker Park developers consider best uses for campus

July 20, 2015

(Winston-Salem Journal)

Developers of Whitaker Park in Winston-Salem are working to determine the best uses for the 54-year-old manufacturing campus. United Furniture Industries is considering a portion of the site for a 350,000-square-foot distribution center that would employ between 50 and 70 employees.

High Point shopping center sold for $6.25M

July 20, 2015

(News & Record, Greensboro)

Verris Capital paid $6.25 million for the 63,306-square-foot Eastchester Shopping Center in High Point. The seller was Florida-based MS Eastchester.

High Point considers incentives for HAECO expansion

July 17, 2015

(News & Record, Greensboro)

High Point City Council will consider allowing up to $147,000 in incentives for HAECO Americas, formerly TIMCO Aerosystems, to add 147 jobs and relocate its operations to a larger facility. The company, which repairs and refurbishes aircraft interiors, is considering moving to a 250,000-square-foot building previously occupied by TE Connectivity.

Solid second quarter for BB&T

July 17, 2015

(Winston-Salem Journal)

BB&T reported a 7.1% increase in net income to $454 million for the second quarter. The Winston-Salem-based bank plans to complete its purchase of Pennsylvania-based Susquehanna Bancshares by Aug. 1.

D'Annunzio named CFO of Truliant

July 17, 2015

(Winston-Salem Journal)

Winston-Salem-based Truliant Federal Credit Union named David D'Annunzio chief financial officer. D'Annunzio has served as CFO at credit unions in Florida and South Carolina. He replaces Carl Alcon, who retired in May.

Unifi begins expansion of Yadkinville recycling center

July 16, 2015

(Winston-Salem Journal)

Greensboro-based Unifi will more than double the size of its Repreve recycling center in Yadkinville. The company, which makes yarn from plastic bottles for the apparel and automotive industries, has begun construction of an 85,000-square-foot expansion and expects to add up to 20 jobs to its 960. Unifi customers include Ford, The North Face and Nike.

Yadkin County takes control of community hospital

July 16, 2015

(Winston-Salem Journal)

A U.S. District Court judge ordered the operator of Yadkin Valley Community Hospital to turn over the keys to the property on Wednesday after HMC/CAH Consolidated defied a previous court order to keep the hospital open. Kansas City-based HMC abruptly closed the 20-bed hospital on May 22.

Local officials say it will be months before Yadkinville hospital can reopen

July 14, 2015

(Winston-Salem Journal)

Yadkin County officials say it will take a minimum of 120 days before Yadkin Valley Community Hospital can reopen; it could take months longer if the county has to negotiate with a new provider. The hospital's operator, CAH Acquisition, abruptly closed the hospital on May 22.

Aerospace manufacturer adding up to 25 jobs in Davie County

July 14, 2015

(Winston-Salem Journal)

Carolina Precision Machining plans to add 10 to 25 jobs to its 30 in Mocksville by the end of 2016. The privately held company makes components for the aerospace and aviation industries.

Whitaker Park developers seek fundraising extension

July 13, 2015

(Winston-Salem Journal)

Whitaker Park Development Authority asked the city to extend its deadline from 12 to 24 months to raise between $2 million and $2.5 million for the redevelopment of the former R.J. Reynolds tobacco campus. The authority has raised $750,000 from local governments and the Golden LEAF Foundation. Reynolds said Friday it has donated an 87,000-square-foot building to the authority that will be used as labs for biotech companies; the company plans to donate a total of 120 acres and 1.7 million square feet.

Leapfrog releases new hospital survey results

July 9, 2015

(Winston-Salem Journal)

Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center earned the highest score in two hospital prevention and safety categories in a 2014 survey released by the Leapfrog Group.

Greesnboro to sue state over council changes

July 9, 2015

(News & Record, Greensboro)

Greensboro City Council voted 8-1 to sue North Carolina over a law passed last week that eliminates at-large council seats and drastically changes the district's boundaries.

Regulators OK BB&T's purchase of Susquehanna

July 8, 2015

(Winston-Salem Journal)

BB&T is expected to complete its acquisition of Pennsylvania-based Susquehanna Bancshares Aug. 1. Winston-Salem-based BB&T received federal regulatory approval for the $2.5 billion cash and stock deal on Tuesday.

Inmar makes another acquisition

July 7, 2015

(Winston-Salem Journal)

Winston-Salem-based Inmar will acquire Scanner Applications, a Cincinnati-based tech company that employs 45 people, for an undisclosed amount. It's the fourth deal announced by Inmar, a digital-coupon processor, since January 2014.

Triangle

Triangle ranked No. 2 real-estate market for life-sciences industry

July 28, 2015

(The News & Observer, Raleigh)

The Triangle ranked second only to Boston as a top U.S. real-estate market for life-sciences companies, according to a report from real-estate services firm JLL. The report was based on factors including concentration of life-sciences workers, venture-capital funding and government funding.The region ranked fourth last year.

Durham startup raises $13M

July 28, 2015

(The News & Observer, Raleigh)

Durham-based startup Baebies completed a $13 million financing that included Rex Health Ventures and Duke Angel Network. The company is developing technology to expand newborn health screenings. Baebies employs 40 people; co-founder Richard West expects that number to grow now that the financing round is complete.

Scandals aside, UNC fundraising rebounds in 2014-15

July 27, 2015

(Durham Herald-Sun)

UNC Chapel Hill raised $447 million in fiscal 2014-15, the first year of a seven-year fundraising campaign, a 44% increase over the previous year. The campaign was boosted by Fred Eshelman's $100 million gift to the pharmacy school.
Related: "The Carolina way," July 2014

Projects will help transform downtown Durham

July 27, 2015

(The News & Observer, Raleigh)

Two new developments on about 18 acres near the American Tobacco Campus will add much-needed office space in downtown Durham, where the occupancy rate is 93%. Apartments, retail shops and hotels are also planned.

Raleigh hopes to revive business incubator

July 27, 2015

(The News & Observer, Raleigh)

The Raleigh City Council will seek proposals from companies interested in running the Raleigh Incubator to serve entrepreneurs, including minorities and women. A predecessor to the new incubator, the Raleigh Business and Technology Center, closed its doors in 2013 amid fraud allegations.

Durham drug developer moving to New Jersey

July 24, 2015

(The News & Observer, Raleigh)

Durham-based Scynexis has sold its contract R&D business unit and is relocating to New Jersey. Longmont, Colo.-based Avista Pharma Solutions acquired the R&D unit and plans to hire "substantially all" existing employees at Scynexis' Durham manufacturing plant.

Raleigh software company's acquisition will accelerate growth

July 23, 2015

(The News & Observer, Raleigh)

Raleigh-based software company Expion was acquired by Toronto-based Sysomos for an undisclosed amount. Expion CEO Peter Heffring said he expects the company to add 15-20 employees to its 75 in Raleigh by year-end. Customers that use Expion's social-media software include Coca-Cola and Mastercard.

UNC researchers find AIDS drugs can suppress virus

July 21, 2015

(The News & Observer, Raleigh)

Researchers at UNC Chapel Hill have found that consistent use of AIDS medications can prevent transmission of the virus to other people. The challenge is getting infected people to take the drugs; only about a third of 1.2 million people with AIDS are taking HIV-suppressing drug cocktails, according to the CDC. The UNC study was funded with more than $100 million in federal grants.

RTP's AgBiome moving into larger space

July 21, 2015

(The News & Observer, Raleigh)

AgBiome, a Triangle agbio research company, is moving to a larger space in RTP that will allow it to nearly double its workforce to 70. Founded in 2012, AgBiome has raised $17.5 million in venture capital and performs research for companies including Syngenta.

Nonprofit wants PacWest to submit community investment plan for Durham

July 20, 2015

(The Herald-Sun, Durham)

Reinvestment Partners wants the federal government to delay approval of Square 1 Bank's proposed acquisition by Calif.-based Pacific Western Bank. The nonprofit is concerned that PacWest won't meet community-credit needs after the deal closes. Square 1, which loans money to startups and venture capitalists, holds a 36% market share of deposits in Durham County.

Tech company bringing 200 jobs to Durham

July 17, 2015

(The News & Observer, Raleigh)

Interactive Intelligence plans to expand in Durham, adding 200 workers with an average annual salary of $70,000. The Indiana-based company develops software for call centers and other businesses. Interactive currently employs 130 at its Durham location.

Triangle companies raise $112M in VC funding in second quarter

July 17, 2015

(The News & Observer, Raleigh)

Five Triangle companies raised more than $10 million each in venture capital in the second quarter, according to a report by PricewaterhouseCoopers. In all, a dozen tech and biotech companies raised $112.2 million in the quarter. Innocrin Pharmaceuticals raised the most, bringing in $28.1 million in a funding led by Eshelman Ventures.

Gates Foundation awards $20M to Duke Global Health Institute

July 16, 2015

(The Herald-Sun, Durham)

The Duke Global Health Institute received a $20 million grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to continue its work addressing global health challenges. Half of that amount is a challenge grant, bringing the total impact of the grant to $30 million.

US Open will return to Pinehurst in 2024

July 15, 2015

(The Pilot, Southern Pines)

The U.S. Open golf championship will return to Pinehurst for a fourth time in 2024. Though a formal announcement won't be made until July 22, the Pinehurst Village Council unanimously approved Tuesday an agreement with the USGA that will allow the tournament to use village property for parking and tournament staging.

Wake Forest ends relationship with Shelby's RST

July 15, 2015

(The News & Observer, Raleigh)

The town of Wake Forest has abandoned plans to partner with RST Fiber Optic Networks, a Shelby-based company that had been working to install a high-speed fiber network there. Local leaders say they haven't been able to reach RST officials in months, and The Shelby Star reported in June the company's customers in Cleveland County had experienced long service outages.

Charlotte developer plans mixed-use project near Durham ballpark

July 10, 2015

(The News & Observer, Raleigh)

Charlotte developer CitiSculpt acquired a 12.1-acre site near the Durham Bulls Athletic Park and plans to invest $400 million in a project that includes 300 apartments, offices, retail and one or more hotels.

Peace University hires new president

July 9, 2015

(WRAL.com)

Brian Ralph was named president of William Peace University in Raleigh. Ralph comes from Queens University in Charlotte, where as vice president for enrollment management he helped increase undergraduate enrollment by more than 60%.

BioDelivery Sciences plans public stock offering

July 7, 2015

(The News & Observer, Raleigh)

Raleigh-based BioDelivery Sciences International plans to raise as much as $150 million in a public stock offering. The drugmaker plans to use proceeds for sales and marketing efforts and to accelerate development of products awaiting regulatory approval.

Raleigh to decide on Kane's proposal for warehouse district

July 6, 2015

(The News & Observer, Raleigh)

Raleigh City Council will consider Tuesday a proposal for Kane Realty to build an 18-story office tower in downtown Raleigh's warehouse district. With three council members recusing themselves due to ties with the Raleigh-based developer, all five remaining members must approve the project in order for it to move forward.

Analyst changes Lenovo rating to 'sell'

July 6, 2015

(WRAL TechWire)

An analyst with BNP Paribas warns that Beijing-based Lenovo, which has its North American headquarters in Morrisville, faces pressure in three of its biggest product markets – PCs, smartphones and servers.

Eastern

Second wood-pellet storage dome going up at Port of Wilmington

July 28, 2015

(Greater Wilmington Business Journal)

Wood-pellet producer Enviva plans to inflate a second storage dome at Port of Wilmington as early as Wednesday, depending on weather conditions. The first dome was erected on June 15.

Big week for Wilmington's Live Oak Bank

July 27, 2015

(Greater Wilmington Business Journal)

Just days before raising nearly $82 million in its initial public offering, Live Oak Bank opened a second building on its Wilmington campus.

Wilmington's Live Oak Bancshares makes public debut

July 24, 2015

(Greater Wilmington Business Journal)

Live Oak Bancshares, parent company of Live Oak Bank, debuted on the Nasdaq exchange Thursday. The Wilmington-based lender had said earlier it planned to offer 4.8 million shares priced at $17 a share, the midpoint of the expected range.

Charlotte's MedSouth acquires medical offices in Wilmington

July 23, 2015

(Greater Wilmington Business Journal)

Charlotte-based MedSouth HealthCare Properties paid $9.5 million for seven medical office buildings in the Wilmington area. The seller was Wilmington-based Panacea Realty.

Wilmington, New Hanover approve incentives for AAI Pharma expansion

July 22, 2015

(StarNews, Wilmington)

Wilmington and New Hanover County agreed to award AAI Pharma up to $500,000 in incentives for a proposed expansion. The company is considering a $20 million investment that would create 50 jobs with an average annual salary of $77,000.

Wilmington City Council says no to offshore drilling

July 22, 2015

(StarNews, Wilmington)

The Wilmington City Council voted unanimously Tuesday to oppose offshore drilling and seismic testing for oil and natural gas. Wilmington joins at least 15 local communities in North Carolina who have passed resolutions opposing the practice. Gov. Pat McCrory and other supporters have said offshore drilling would add jobs and boost the state's economy (Statewide, July).

Wind farm near Elizabeth City could be first of many in the South

July 21, 2015

(Rocky Mount Telegram)

New, larger turbines have made harnessing wind power in North Carolina more feasible than a decade ago, and the $600 million wind farm that will be built in Pasquotank and Perquimans counties could be the first of many in the Southeast.

Wilmington home sales best in 9 years

July 21, 2015

(StarNews, Wilmington)

Realtors in the Wilmington area reported the strongest June home sales in nine years, with 802 single-family homes sold for a total of $207.5 million.

Captrust co-founder donates $5M for ECU entrepreneurship school

July 16, 2015

(The News & Observer, Raleigh)

East Carolina University will establish a school of entrepreneurship, thanks to a $5 million commitment from the co-founder of Raleigh-based Captrust Financial Advisors. J. Fielding Miller and his wife, Kim Grice Miller, provided the donation. Miller is a 1984 graduate of ECU; he co-founded Captrust, which has 22 offices nationwide, in 1997.

Live Oak could raise up to $72.6M in IPO

July 15, 2015

(Greater Wilmington Business Journal)

Wilmington's Live Oak Bancshares could raise up to $72.6 million in its initial public offering, the company disclosed in an SEC filing Monday. Live Oak, a lender to small businesses, plans to offer 4 million shares priced between $16 and $18 per share.

Aircraft to begin hunt for oil and gas in Atlantic Ocean

July 15, 2015

(The News & Observer, Raleigh)

A company that uses aircraft to identify areas that could be potential sources of oil and natural gas says it has received a federal permit to begin evaluating areas off the coast of the Carolinas, Georgia and Virginia. The more controversial practice of seismic testing to locate oil beneath the earth's surface won't begin for at least another year.

Amazon teams up with NC wind farm developer

July 14, 2015

(The News & Observer, Raleigh)

Online retailer Amazon will partner with the Spanish developer of North Carolina's first commercial-scale wind farm. Electricity generated at the wind farm, in Pasquotank and Perquimans counties in northeast N.C., will be use to power Seattle-based Amazon's cloud-computing centers.

Fort Bragg's 440th Airlift Wing spared another year

July 14, 2015

(The Fayetteville Observer)

The Air Force has delayed the inactivation of the 440th Airlift Wing at Fort Bragg until at least fall 2016. The unit had been scheduled for inactivation Sept. 30.

Broncos kicker launches app in Wilmington

July 14, 2015

(WECT.com)

Denver Broncos kicker Connor Barth, a Wilmington native and UNC Chapel Hill alum, is launching a new app in Wilmington with business partner Ryan Watts. Toast Together helps friends meet up for meals and drinks and track down restaurant specials.

Wind farm near Elizabeth City will be first in the Southeast

July 13, 2015

(The News & Observer, Raleigh)

Spanish developer Iberdrola Renewables plans to invest $600 million in a wind farm near Elizabeth City, the first commercial-scale wind farm in the Southeast. Plans call for 102 turbines on a 22-acre tract; 50 more turbines could be added later. The wind farm could generate enough electricity to power about 60,000 homes.

Troop cuts hit Fort Bragg

July 10, 2015

(WRAL.com)

Fort Bragg will lose about 1.5% of its military positions as part of a nationwide Army downsizing. The Army will cut 842 active soldier positions and an unspecified number of civilian jobs by 2018. Nationwide, about 40,000 soldiers and 17,000 civilians will be affected by the reductions.

Report: Wilmington mall could be up for sale

July 10, 2015

(Greater Wilmington Business Journal)

Wilmington's Independence Mall, built in 1979, could be put up for sale by a special servicer later this year, according to a Fitch Ratings report. Fitch reported last year that the mall's $110 million loan was in default and had been transferred to CWCapital Asset Management.

Construction to begin on northeast NC wind farm

July 10, 2015

(The Daily Reflector, Greenville)

A Portland, Ore.-based company plans to start construction next week on a wind farm in Pasquotank and Perquimans counties, local officials say. It is unclear how many turbines the company will build right away; a 2011 proposal called for 150, 600-foot-tall turbines.

AAI Pharma looks at expanding in Wilmington

July 9, 2015

(StarNews, Wilmington)

AAI Pharma might add 50 jobs with an average annual salary of $77,000 in Wilmington. The city and New Hanover County are considering $500,000 in incentives for the pharmaceutical company to expand, contingent on AAI Pharma investing at least $20 million.

Port officials seek infrastructure improvments

July 8, 2015

(StarNews, Wilmington)

Officials at Port of Wilmington are seeking to add two new cargo container cranes and replace a docking berth for container vessels, improvements they say could allow the port to handle increased container traffic.