Posts tagged “Economic development”

6:28 a.m. Wednesday

Contract research organization firm Almac adding 79 jobs in Durham

Almac ​Almac Group, a global contract research organization (CRO) with 288 employees in Durham, has announced a $5.2 million expansion that will create 79 more jobs over the next three years.

6:20 a.m. Wednesday

Crop science execs defend mergers; NC Senator cites regulation as driving deals

Top officials for Monsanto and Bayer defended their proposed $66 billion merger before skeptical senators on Tuesday, insisting that the deal would lead to greater investments in technology that could help American farmers. Syngenta, Dow AgroSciences and DuPont also defend deal plans.

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2:17 p.m. Tuesday

Vivek Wadhwa: Fewer foreign entrepreneurs say they need the US - That's a problem

Vivek Wadhwa The world's entrepreneurs used to dream of coming to Silicon Valley because it was the innovation capital of the world and there were few opportunities elsewhere. This is no longer the case, writes former Triangle tech entrepreneur turned academic and author Vivek Wadhwa.

1:52 p.m. Tuesday

Planet Fitness franchise operator bringing 3 STEM campuses to Triangle

STEM News C.J. Bouchard and Joe Pepe, partners who operate 13 Planet Fitness gyms across the Triangle, will open three STEM education-focused campuses in a franchise agreement with Utah-based Zaniac.

Updated 11:38 a.m. Tuesday

Premium Lock NC firms winning more federal innovation, tech grants (+ video)

Startups and emerging entrepreneurial companies across North Carolina seeking funding should be sure to check on the availability of federal grants. Why? A recent review of data finds that N.C. firms are winning more dollars even as national grants decline.

11:37 a.m. Tuesday

American Underground exec will be next head of Leadership Triangle

Jesica Averhart, an executive with The American Underground in Durham, will succeed Winkie La Force as president of Leadership Triangle.

1:36 p.m. Monday

North Carolina receives highest grade to date in digital states survey

North Carolina receives a "B+" for state government technology performance, the highest grade it has received to date in the bi-annual study since the survey moved to a grade-based ranking system in 2010.

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September 16

RTP CEO 'cheering' for Park but won't say why he's leaving

Bob Geolas won't talk about the circumstances surrounding his departure as CEO of the Research Triangle Foundation, which oversees the RTP itself. But he does say he is "cheering them on" when discussing the Park's future.

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Updated September 16

Triangle Foundation to discuss next steps in wake of CEO's departure

A virtual wall of silence surrounds what happened at the Research Triangle Foundation that triggered the pending departure of CEO Bob Geolas. The Foundation's board chair does acknowledge it is taking some steps to consider what to do.

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Updated September 14

Research Triangle Foundation CEO Bob Geolas is stepping down

Bob Geolas, hired in 2011 to lead development of a new strategic plan for Research Triangle Park, is leaving as president and CEO of the Research Triangle Foundation, which oversees the Park.

Bob Geolas, left, and Congressman David Price discuss "Park Center" Bob Geolas, left, and Congressman David Price discuss "Park Center"

September 13

Guest opinion: Entrepreneurship needs to play bigger role in economic development

NEW logo What can entrepreneur support organizations and economic development organizations do within cities to avoid becoming bureaucracies and simply remove barriers to quick growth and success? Here are recommendations.

Updated September 9

Premium Lock HQ BAM: Why HQ Raleigh won a $100,000 NC IDEA grant

HQ Raleigh HQ Raleigh really has been more than a shared office space project from its launch nearly three years ago. Networking, mentoring, more. A community. Recent expansion is taking the HQ Raleigh concept to other markets. And now with a $100,000 grant from NC IDEA, HQ Raleigh is embarking on a new incubation effort called HQ BAM. So what is it?

Updated September 8

NC IDEA grant winners - igniters of next entrepreneurship wave?

Startups   The growing depth and breadth of North Carolina's entrepreneurship "ecosystem" is clearly shown by the nine winners of the first Entrepreneurial Ecosystem Partner grants from the NC IDEA Foundation.

Updated September 2

Premium Lock Why is NC IDEA taking over SoarTriangle? Inside the decision

NC IDEA NC IDEA has steadily been expanding its mission since Thom Ruhe took over as executive director, and the evolution continued on Tuesday with the news that the foundation is taking over operations of SoarTriangle. The group focuses on mentoring women-led startups, and NC IDEA was to explore ways to help, particularly in raising capital.

August 30

Building design firm to add 205 jobs in Mebane (+ video)

Prescient, which officials said has a design platform that offers a faster and more cost-effective alternative to conventional building, will invest more than $18.8 million in the facility at North Carolina Commerce Park near Mebane.

Updated August 26

Premium Lock New rule allows some immigrant entrepreneurs limited US stays; NVCA praises ,ove

The US Department of Homeland Security is going to make it easier for foreign entrepreneurs to stay in the country if they and their startup companies meet certain criteria to ensure they provide a "significant public benefit." That includes creating jobs and drawing investors to their US companies.

Max Levchin, co-founder of Paypal Max Levchin, co-founder of Paypal

Updated August 24

Premium Lock Metrics expanding drug storage facility as part of $80M expansion

Metrics Contract Services is in the midst of a major expansion in Greenville. Metrics Contract Services is investing $3.5 million in a 15,000-square-foot specialized drug stability storage expansion in Greenville that will triple its current capacity as part of a larger $80 million expansion. It plans to hire 110 scientists and technicians.

Updated August 22

Premium Lock Why 'skills gap' trainer General Assembly is coming to RTP - and how it differs from competitors

A new General Assembly is coming to the Triangle - and it's not made up of politicians. This General Assembly is a fast-growing workforce training startup that plans to open an operation somewhere in RTP in coming months. GA is looking for a local manager - and space. In an exclusive interview, WRAL TechWire talks with the firm's general manager for campus education and operations about why GA is coming to the Triangle plus how GA differs from competitors.

Updated August 22

Premium Lock 56 headlines: WTW week in review, Aug. 8-14 (Part 2)

Week in review Here's a look back at technology, life science and other related news as reported in WRAL TechWire for the week of Aug. 8. part two

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