Author:Susan Walton

Slow internet service stalls rural economic growth

Access to fast Internet is a critical success factor for every North Carolina worker, according to editors at the Sun Journal. They hope the NC Senate will pass the BRIGHT Futures Act, which will open opportunities for private Internet service providers to tap unused bandwidth...

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Reaping the Benefits of an Aging Work Force

The Bureau of Labor Statistics says that two groups, workers aged 65 to 74 years old and those 75 and older, are now growing faster than any others. But negative attitudes persist about the cost of older workers, their stamina, their tech skills and their...

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How CTE Courses Affect High School Students

Emma Freeman is a junior at Albemarle High School who plans to pursue a degree in either nursing or education. She is also an advocate for Career and Technical Education (CTE) in North Carolina’s secondary schools. The practical value of CTE is broader than many...

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West Virginia Ousts Film Tax Credits

After an audit questioned the economic benefits of West Virginia’s film production tax credits, legislators voted in late January to eliminate the program and close the state’s Film Office. The efficacy of film production credits is difficult to determine. When the numbers indicate they may...

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Where is the Economy Headed in 2018?

NC State University economist Mike Walden shares his forecast for the coming year. With the US economy expanding, North Carolina’s economy is similarly poised for growth. The strongest sectors will be technology, professional and business services, and leisure and food services. Walden expects the state will...

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