Economic Development

Business & Economy
11:34 pm
Wed June 4, 2014

NC Regions Release Statewide Economic Development Blueprint

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For the first time, North Carolina’s 16 regional councils of government have come together to create a blueprint for statewide community and economic development.  

The report is called “North Carolina Tomorrow, Building Communities for Tomorrow’s Jobs.”  It focuses on the competitive advantages of each region, like Tourism and Energy.  But also give attention to emerging technologies like video modeling and gaming.

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Business & Economy
7:35 am
Mon April 21, 2014

Raleigh Planner Leaves For The Big Apple

Raleigh Planning Director Mitchell Silver is leaving to become the Parks Commissioner of New York City.
Credit City of Raleigh

Raleigh is bidding farewell to its planning director.

Mitchell Silver took the post in 2005, when Raleigh was a mid-sized city grappling with rapid population growth. Silver says the city was able to ride the wave by becoming an attractive place to live and work.  He cites changing density and zoning ordinances, building the Raleigh Convention Center, and revitalizing Hillsborough Street and Cameron Village as successes.

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Business & Economy
9:03 pm
Tue April 15, 2014

No Evidence That Low-Paid Immigrants Are "Taking" NC Jobs

Credit NC Bankers Association

A new study is challenging the notion that low-paid immigrant populations are "taking" jobs from native North Carolinians.

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Politics & Government
7:36 am
Wed January 29, 2014

New Nonprofit CEO Slows Partial Privatization Of NC Commerce Dept.

Richard Lindenmuth began work in his position of interim CEO of the Economic Development Partnership in early January.
Credit NC Department of Commerce

Gov. Pat McCrory’s plan to move parts of the state’s business recruiting functions to a private nonprofit have been delayed, as the new organization’s managers are setting up a plan for the transition and finding costs to cut, officials said Tuesday.

Parts of the state Commerce Department will be transferred to the Economic Development Partnership no sooner than July this year, according to a department letter given to legislators Tuesday. Two of the department’s divisions had been scheduled to be moved by June and three more by December.

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Politics & Government
10:43 pm
Wed December 11, 2013

NC Commerce Talks Privatization

NC Commerce Secretary Sharon Decker.
Credit NC Commerce

North Carolina’s Economic Development Board is reviewing strategies and making suggestions on how to help re-vamp the state Commerce Department.

Commerce Secretary Sharon Decker says she’s pretty positive the Economic Development Partnership of North Carolina will be a reality.

“It’s a total re-organization, it is indeed.  Redesign, I guess is a better way to say it," said Decker.

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The State of Things
11:48 am
Thu June 13, 2013

Ipas Celebrates 40 Years

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Anu Kumar, executive vice president for development, community relations and community access at Ipas joins host Frank Stasio in the studio

  Forty years ago, the controversial supreme court decision Roe Versus Wade ushered in a new era of reproductive rights and touched off a culture war that has waged ever since.

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The State of Things
12:41 pm
Tue June 4, 2013

Groups Tackles Intractable North Carolina Poverty Problem

A scene from American Winter film.
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A panel of experts discuss poverty in NC

Gene Nichol, Director of the Center on Poverty, Work & Opportunity at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, said on The State of Things today that the financial collapse really hurt the poor but that the problem is multifaceted.

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Business & Economy
7:44 am
Wed May 15, 2013

Raleigh Development Flourishes Thanks To Resilient Economy

Credit City of Raleigh

Raleigh city officials have plans for several new residential developments in the middle of the capital city.  They say it's part of their master plan to entice not only new residents but new business downtown.

It is also an indication that Raleigh is doing well economically.  City Planning Director Mitchell Silver says residences that are on the drawing board or under construction are geared toward not just urban professionals, but families.

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Politics & Government
6:07 am
Tue May 14, 2013

Senate Bill Would Abolish Regional Economic Development Commissions

Credit NC General Assembly

A bill that would abolish regional economic development commissions has tentatively passed the state Senate.

The measure would dissolve all seven of the state's commissions. The Department of Commerce would then send at least one employee to work in one of eight newly created economic zones.

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Business & Economy
5:00 am
Thu May 2, 2013

Greensboro Looks For A Million Dollar Idea

Greensboro
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Greensboro is seeking applications for a $1 million federal grant, designed to grow the local economy.

Leaders in Greensboro are accepting submissions for a federal grant that will award one million dollars for an innovative plan.  The winning idea is supposed to help the city’s economy by designing a way to improve long-term job prospects.  Organizers admit they’re being purposely vague to see what kind of submissions they get to develop the city.  A panel of about 20 people that will ultimately chose the winning entry, met for the first time on Wednesday.

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