North Carolina Chamber of Commerce en NC Economic Forecast Brings Optimism <p>The mood was a bit more up-beat at this year’s Economic Forecast Forum in Research Triangle Park.&nbsp; In recent years, the gatherings have been more about the recession than the recovery.&nbsp; But, yesterday’s annual forecast forum and luncheon brought out a mix of “optimism” and “reality” that seemed easier for state leaders in politics, banking and business to swallow.<br><br>Hundreds of people sipped on iced tea and nibbled on carrot cake as the speeches began&nbsp; beginning with Governor Bev Perdue.<br> Mon, 29 Oct 2012 13:55:53 +0000 Leoneda Inge 3608 at North Carolina #4 State in the Nation for Business <p>North Carolina is the fourth best state in the country for business, according to a new survey from CNBC.<br><br><strong>Asma Khalid:</strong> According to the CNBC study, North Carolina performed particularly well in the transportation and workforce categories.&nbsp; Lew Ebert is the president of the North Carolina Chamber of Commerce.<br> Thu, 12 Jul 2012 22:13:00 +0000 Asma Khalid 2086 at