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The conventional refrigerator compressor - technology that's noisy, uses lots of electricity and is nearly 100 years old - is being pushed aside by startup Phononic's new heat pump, which harnesses cooling capabilities from semiconductors for use in a modern-day appliance. WRALTechWire has the inside story about this Silicon Valley-backed company launched in North Carolina and is planning to hire more workers.
LED manufacturer Cree is getting a $30 million boost from the federal government in the form of tax credits as part of an Energy Department effort to drive more jobs in "clean energy" manufacturing. The government says the credits will help Cree expand in Durham as well as at a plant in Wisconsin.
As temperatures have fallen, so has the number of open information technology jobs across North Carolina. A new report shows that the daily advertised list of available jobs declined for the fifth consecutive month in November.
Only 9 percent of chief information officers in the Raleigh and Charlotte metro areas are planning to expand their information technology teams in 2014. That's down from 15 percent from the second half of 2013 in Raleigh and the same in Charlotte, says IT talent management firm Robert Half Technology.
Ziptronix strikes a deal to sell its development lab in Morrisville with two firms that it has licensed semiconductor technology to in the past. Eleven people work at the lab, and its new owners are looking to expand, a Ziptronix executive says.
Xerox Commercial Services is laying off another big group of employees at its call center in Cary, the company has told North Carolina officials. The job cuts follow the laying off of some 500 workers that was announced in October.
High tech growth by itself won't be enough to kickstart North Carolina's economy. What the state needs is innovation across the broader state economy. WRALTechWire takes an in-depth look at the new "Tracking Innovation report" from the N.C. Department of Commerce.
North Carolina's economy falls squarely in the middle of the pack compared to other states, according to a new state report tracking the state's progress across a wide range of economic measures. The North Carolina Department of Commerce on Thursday released the Tracking Innovation report, a snapshot of the state's performance across 38 economic indicators. Read more about the findings.
The NC Chamber Foundation has launched a software tool designed to help track North Carolina's progress meeting economic benchmarks. Read more about how the dashboard software works.
Biochemtex, which is a partner in a joint venture with Novozymes, says it will build the biofuels plant and create 65 jobs over three years. The company could receive $300,000 from the state's One North Carolina if it meets objectives.
When Jud Bowman decided to further ramp up his global expansion efforts at Appia, the veteran entrepreneur chose to do so by raising another round of debt financing rather than sell some equity. Bowman says he wants to avoid getting "really diluted." With the new funding, he plans additional hiring as Appia expands locally and internationally.
The N.C. Chamber and RTI International have developed a software dashboard that will measure the state's progress on various economic indicators as the state approaches 2030, the year when North Carolina is projected to reach 12 million in population. The "dashboard" will be unveiled next week.
The North Carolina New Schools organization is accepting applications for its third class of prospective STEM teachers. The 15-month program includes school-based training, online coursework and is designed to produce more teachers.
When it comes to education, SAS co-founder and CEO Jim Goodnight backs his talk with money and resources. On Monday, SAS expanded that commitment to create a better educated U.S. workforce by announcing a partnership with Teradata that will make analytics more widely available to college students - at no cost. While SAS has worked with Teradata to create the "Legion of Analytic Superheroes" to honor industry leader, this new effort is designed to generate student (and job-candidate) superheroes. The head of education at SAS talks with WRALTechWire about the decision.
Statewide, the number of IBM employees has dropped to under 10,000 from 13,000 in 2009, according to internal IBM data. Alliance at IBM, which is seeking to represent Big Blue workers, cites leaked information from IBM directories as the source for its information. IBM won't discuss the numbers but says RTP and North Carolina remain workers "remain an integral part of nearly every facet of business."
The renewables energy unit of Duke Energy is working with a Mooresville-based construction firm to build solar sites in Halifax, Bertie and Pitt counties. Combined they will produce energy for 6,000 homes, Duke says.
The common denominator for our strategic success is an ease by which leaders from all our communities, industries and sectors are willing to come together to address common problems and embrace shared opportunities. The Research Triangle Region is a diverse patchwork of places, people and potential. We tend to think as a region, work as a region and thrive as a region. This, in the end, accounts for our success with cluster-based economic development.
Analysis: The nature of work itself is changing for knowledge workers. During this decade, location will cease to be a barrier; many types of work will done as micro-tasks; and we will be collaborating in new ways. What will be most problematic is that our employers will make even greater demands on us and further intrude into our lives. This is the future we are headed into, whether we like it or not.
SAS will host a forum on Thursday to discuss the threat posed to the U.S. by a lack of students focused on technology skills. SAS CEO Jim Goodnight and Jim Whitehurst, CEO at Red Hat, will reiterate their call for more STEM emphasis in schools. Leading the program will be Gary Beach, publisher emeritus of CIO Magazine and author of the new book "The U.S. Technology Skills Gap." Is the threat real? yes, says Beach, who talks with WRALTechWire about how this "skills gap" is the equivalent to a permanent recession.