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  • Record Turnout at Pinehurst Conference

    NCEDA’s Spring Conference (formerly the MidWinter Conference) drew almost 350 attendees to the historic Pinehurst Resort, where economic and workforce development leaders shared expertise around this year’s theme of “Tomorrow’s Workforce Today: Creativity, Collaboration and Human Capital.” Dominion Energy was the event’s presenting sponsor.  ......

  • Five Trends That Will Impact Real Estate Investing This Year

    Qualified Opportunity Zones (QOZ) grew from 2017 changes to the US tax code and include provisions for deferment, reduction and complete elimination of capital gains taxes for certain investments. There is currently an estimated $6 trillion pool of unrealized capital gains available for QOZ investment.......

  • Construction Trade Association Urges Minorities and Women to Join Construction Trades

    A recent survey by the Association of General Contractors (AGC) found that 80 percent of construction firms report having difficulty filling the hourly craft positions that comprise the lion’s share of the construction workforce. Factors creating the shortage include decreased support for technical and vocational......

  • North Carolina’s Solar Power Output Grew 36 Percent in 2018; #2 Solar State in the US

    The US Energy Information Administration (EIA) reports that North Carolina generated 7.2 million megawatt-hours of solar power at the end of 2018. That’s enough to run more than 600,000 homes. The state ranked #2 in the nation for solar production last year. EIA reports that......

  • Fayetteville Council Listens to a New Vision for Downtown

    Inner-city residential growth is now an indicator of a city’s overall success, according to Steve Auterman, an architect and urban planner with the Pittsburgh consulting firm Urban Design Associates. “Every growing community is seeing more people living downtown,” Auterman told the Fayetteville City Council. His......

  • STEMming the Parent Flow

    An academic paper entitled “The Changing Career Trajectories of New Parents in STEM” uses National Science Foundation data to build the argument that parenthood – for both moms and dads – contributes more to attrition in scientific professions than previously known. “Other points of the......

  • Statistics to Factor into Your 2019 e-Commerce Marketing Strategy

    Online commerce is rapidly growing – but also changing quickly. The digital research firm Hosting Facts analyzed social media and search engine marketing trends from 2018. Video and image search, voice search and influencer marketing are increasingly effective methods for customer acquisition. Among the findings......

  • Talent, Transportation Take Center Stage at PTP Update

    “Carolina Core” is the Piedmont Triad Partnership’s regional branding effort launched last August. Its key asset areas include transportation infrastructure, educational engagement and ready mega-sites. Greensboro’s Grandover Resort was the backdrop for a recent meeting of more than 100 leaders from across the region. NC......

  • Aborted Amazon Deal Makes Fun of Liberals and Conservatives

    Amazon’s public pullout from the New York City side of its HQ2 project offers a teachable moment for those on both ends of the incentives divide. The dueling dog whistles are akin to last year’s debate over “hearing Yanny or Laurel. Both sides are deluded,......

  • Know Where You’re Going? First Know Where You Are

    The record-long federal government shutdown created a backlog of unreleased data economists rely on for their forecasting. Regions Bank’s Rick Moody says that while key measures from December are now available, there remains little clarity about the direction of things. Disappointing reports on retail sales......