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  • 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......

  • Report: Firms with UNC-CH roots generate $10B annually, employ more than 8,500

    There are 521 companies whose entrepreneurial roots extend to UNC Chapel Hill, according to a recent report by UNC’s Office of Innovation, Entrepreneurship and Economic Development. All told, they employ a collective workforce of over 70,000, with nearly 8,600 of these employees based in North......

  • Ivanka Trump, Gov. Reynolds Discuss Workforce Development in Waukee

    Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds recently hosted White House Advisor Ivanka Trump for a tour of a work-based learning center for high school juniors and seniors in the community of Waukee. Ms. Trump is leading efforts to enact a $1 trillion federal infrastructure bill, which includes......

  • Study: Broadband expansion will be a community by community process

    Seven western North Carolina counties — Macon, Graham, Swain, Clay, Cherokee, Haywood and Jackson – are working together to improve the quality and affordability of Internet access, beginning with a survey designed to identify gaps in supply and demand of broadband service. Private-sector Internet Service......

  • Continued N.C. Economic Expansion Expected in 2018; Infrastructure Legislation Possible

    Growth of North Carolina’s Gross State Product (GSP) in early 2018 is surpassing that of the final quarter of 2017, according to UNC Charlotte economist John Connaughton. In 2018, GSP is expected to reach a level of $570,389.5 million. “Real” (i.e. inflation-adjusted) GSP is expected......

  • Kansas House prepares to raise bar on disclosure of economic development tax incentives

    A bill now working its way through the Kansas legislature requires the state’s Department of Commerce to provide real-time details about economic development incentive offers on a public website. House Bill 2572 calls for the creation of a database that is searchable online by industry,......

  • 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......

  • 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......

  • 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......

  • 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......