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  • Regional Networking Initiative Debuts at Rocky Mount Mills

    More than 50 NCEDA members and guests attended the organization’s Regional Networking Luncheon at Rocky Mount Mills on October 23. The historic 150-acre mixed-use re-development now includes a brewery incubator, retail establishment, several eateries, residences and a soon-to-open micro-hotel. Capitol Broadcasting Company is leading Rocky......

  • ECU’s Outer Banks Campus, new academic unit maximize research, teaching resources

    East Carolina University’s newly organized Integrated Coastal Programs will span academic disciplines as it engages in research, teaching and outreach. Among other endeavors, ICP will explore how the power of waves and the Gulf Stream current can be harnessed as potential energy sources. The new......

  • Regional economic meeting focuses on Mills project

    A Raleigh-based economic development agency with nearly 600 members hosted a recent event to discuss the transformation of the Rocky Mount Mills and its regional impact.   The N.C. Economic Development Association held its first fall regional luncheon Tuesday at the Rocky Mount Mills. The......

  • Digital marketing trends to watch in 2019

    In the digital age, “content” is king. Traditional advertising is struggling, and consumer decision-making is now being driven by content. In turn, brands are spreading their message through influencers, advertorials and sponsored promotions. Privacy, transparency and personalization are among the themes for 2019, according to......

  • Summit Provides Platform for NCEDA Members and Site Selectors

    A crowd of almost 350 members and guests took over Asheville’s Grove Park Inn October 14-16 for the 2018 North Carolina Site Selectors Summit. The event served as NCEDA’s Fall Conference and was presented by Duke Energy. Joining a host of partners, sponsors and speakers......

  • The Virtue of Apprenticeship

    The goal of expanding US apprenticeship programs has attracted support from Republicans and Democrats in Congress and state legislatures. Even Presidents Obama and Trump agree on this. Apprenticeships combine academic studies with structured, work-based learning under a mentor or supervisor. They involve joint production of skills......

  • Mountain BizWorks, WNC get $1.7 million boost for outdoor industry, job growth

    A partnership of industry, education, finance and economic development organizations has secured $940,000 to grow Western North Carolina’s outdoor recreation industry. The Appalachian Regional Commission is allocating the grant, which will be matched by local funds. The project, “Growing Outdoors: A Regional Approach to Expanding......

  • Improving skills through workforce development

    The skills gap costs the US economy $160 billion annually in unfilled labor output, reduced productivity and depressed earnings, according to an analysis by the National Skills Coalition. While “middle-skilled” jobs account for 53 percent of the US labor market, only 43 percent of the......

  • HURRICANE FLORENCE: I-40 reopens; ILM floodwaters to crest Tuesday

    As post-hurricane recovery efforts continue in southeastern North Carolina, the re-opening of I-40 has restored a major transportation connection into Greater Wilmington. The storm had significant impact throughout the region, including the flooding of about 3,000 buildings in Pender County alone. The Port of Wilmington......

  • On the difficulty of defining disruption

    Remember Encarta? It was Microsoft’s CD-ROM encyclopedia launched in the 1990s. Prior to that, Britannica had sold leather-bound volumes of learning to middle-class households for decades. Encarta was a “disrupter” in its day. Then Wikipedia came along. The term “disruptive innovation” was popularized by Harvard......