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Posts tagged “Economic development”

1:46 p.m. Friday

You Decide: What are the impacts of tax changes?

Mike Walden Mike Walden: Research suggests innovation increases when the economy is confronted with major questions. If accurate, then we may be on the cusp of a new flurry of innovative activity.

10:27 a.m. Friday

Is North Carolina the State of Technology?

The North Carolina Technology Association released the State of Technology Industry Report online on Friday, containing valuable information to serve as a baseline resource for policy makers, economic developers, media, and of course the tech community. It will be presented to the Triangle community on Feb. 4, but we have your sneak peak.


7:37 a.m. Thursday

NC IDEA to open next grant cycle in two funding categories

The not-for-profit organization committed to supporting business innovation and economic advancement in North Carolina will open its 19th grant cycle on Feb. 9 and also has a series of information sessions scheduled throughout the state next month to encourage applicants across diverse funding stages.


Updated 10:07 a.m. Tuesday

Study: Chatham Park development to produce 115,000 jobs

A new study by NCSU economist Dr. Michael Walden says the controversial, massive 7,000-acre Chatham Park development will produce 115,000 jobs and drive $154 billion in total economic impact over the next 40 years. The Chatham Economic Development Corporation commissioned the study.

Chatham Park Map Chatham Park Map

Updated 3:12 p.m. Monday

NCTA's Outlook for IT: Spending to double in '15?

Information Technology       Gartner analyst Michael Smith is keynoting the North Carolina Technology Association's annual IT outlook program on Friday. And he has some good news to deliver in an exclusive interview with free-lance writer Ann Revell.

5:51 a.m. Monday

WTW news in review: Last week's headlines

Week in review Here's a look back at technology, life science and other related news as reported in WRAL TechWire last week.

January 23

White Labs bringing fermenting sciences, 65 jobs to Asheville

White Labs, a world leader in fermentation sciences for the brewing and winemaking industries, has announced the purchase of a 26,000-square-foot building in Asheville, with plans to employ 65 people - a mix of scientists, production and distribution personnel.

Vice President Lisa White of White Labs at new facility Vice President Lisa White of White Labs at new facility

January 23

Governor hints at new 'NC Competes' jobs plan

Gov. Pat McCrory, left, and Christopher Chung, right State leaders are keeping mum about international reports that Volvo is hunting for a new manufacturing site in a handful of southern states, including North Carolina. But Gov. Pat McCrory discloses development of a new jobs recruitment plan at the opening of the headquarters for the private-public Economic Development Partnership.

January 19

BroadbandUSA effort to assist communities with broadband plans

The Broadband Report       The Broadband Report: Assistant Secretary for Communications and Information and NTIA Administrator Lawrence E. Strickling unveiled the BroadbandUSA initiative last week aimed at finding new ways to assist communities seeking to ensure their citizens have the broadband capacity they need to succeed.

Updated January 16

Governor's 'Innovation' plan shows potential for entire state, not just RTP

The McCrory administration put together an all-star list of leaders in venture funding, technology and university R&D to form its "Moving Forward on the Innovation Triangle" plan. And the proposal outlined by Gov. Pat McCrory on Friday shows considerable promise, obviously reflecting the talent on the panel. Unlike what has happened so far with crowdfunding legislation (stymied by in-fighting at the General Assembly), let's hope this proposal finds legislative support - and especially the needed funding. But this really is a state-wide plan and should be promoted as such.

The end game for the Innovation plan The end game for the Innovation plan

Updated January 16

McCrory calls for funding, tax change, crowdfunding to boost tech sector

Gov. Pat McCrory North Carolina should invest more in turning the innovations developed at the state's public and private universities into marketable products, Gov. Pat McCrory told the UNC Board of Governors Friday morning.

Updated January 16

Premium Lock Do city-built fiber-to-the-home projects really drive growth?

State of the economy In the third of a three-part report, independent research firm Strand Consulting looks at the issue of whether city-built fiber-to-the-home projects really do drive economic growth.

Updated January 16

Premium Lock City-built fiber networks: The social consequences

Fiber optics In the second of a three-part report examining metro-built fiber networks, Strand Consulting reviews what it calls "the social consequences."

Updated January 16

Premium Lock Are city fiber projects good investments? No, says consulting firm

Fiber optic network                   Earlier this week, President Obama reiterated his call for "net neutrality" and Internet regulation. He also praised city-government built fiber-to-the-home projects, city Greenville, N.C. as an example. But Strand Consulting, a research firm, believes differently, citing a study of fiber plans in Leverett, Massachusetts as an example. The city is "handcuffing its citizens for the next 20 years," the firm says.

Updated January 15

Advocacy group report: Offshore wind projects would drive job growth

Wind power  A report released Wednesday by an advocacy group concludes more energy and more jobs can be generated in the Carolinas by harnessing offshore wind than by drilling for fossil fuels in the ocean.

January 12

RTP's new Frontier center: The Triangle's 'community club house'

The Frontier, a new project that is key to the Research Triangle Park Foundation's new strategic plan to revitalize the Park, opens this month. Think of The Frontier as the Triangle community club house, or a stage set, that is always ready for the next person, organization, university or company. So what's driving its creation? "The goal of the space is to encourage as many people as possible to come and meet others, build relationships, and maybe even create new teams with people different from themselves," writes Mason Ailstock of the Foundation.

The Frontier set to open Jan. 15 The Frontier set to open Jan. 15

Updated January 12

Premium Lock PwC's predictions for 2015: US set for big year; not so for BRICs

Economy  2015 is shaping up to be a strong year for the U.S. economy, with lower fuel prices helping drive growth. But the future doesn't appear as bright for the BRIC countries, says economists at PricewaterhouseCoopers.

January 12

WTW news in review: Our 54 headlines from last week

Week in review Here's a look back at technology, life science and other related news as reported in WRAL TechWire last week.

January 8

Lost Mercedes deal unlikely to speed action on NC incentives

Tax incentives A day before Mercedes-Benz USA passed on North Carolina sites and opted to move its headquarters to Atlanta, Gov. Pat McCrory urged legislators to act quickly when they return to Raleigh in the coming weeks to shore up the state's job incentive programs. But state lawmakers don't appear to be in a hurry.

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