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2:21 pm
Fri August 29, 2014

Wilmington & New Hanover County Work Together to Support Small & New Businesses

New Hanover County commissioners and Wilmington City Council members collaboratively identify barriers to business in the region.

Businesses have to juggle a lot to stay afloat—permits, taxes, start-up loans, and more.  In an economic development report commissioned recently by New Hanover County, "Pathways to Prosperity: New Hanover County's Plan for Jobs and Investment," consultant Jay Garner cautions that small and new businesses must be better supported by the region’s government to spur development.

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1:13 pm
Thu August 28, 2014

Wilmington & New Hanover County Officials Reach Out to Gov. McCrory Regarding Economic Incentives

CIE Executive Director Jim Roberts addresses the Wilmington City council members and New Hanover County commissioners to start off the joint meeting, which focused on recommendations made by the Garner Economic Development Report.
Isabelle Shepherd

The legislature is out of Raleigh, but, the jury may not be out on economic incentives, including those supporting North Carolina’s film industry. 

The City of Wilmington and New Hanover County leaders plan to write to Governor Pat McCrory, asking him to reconvene the legislative session to make a final decision on economic incentives.  Wilmington Mayor Bill Saffo says this is a bigger issue than just film; he wants to protect job development grants, which incentivize companies to bring their business to North Carolina:  

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5:27 pm
Wed August 27, 2014

CoastLine: Kids, Arts, and Creativity -- Why Arts Education Goes Beyond Art for Art's Sake

Our topic today is . . . KIDS AND THE ARTS:  How does art for art’s sake impact a child’s development – and is there a way to incorporate the arts as a vehicle for teaching other disciplines?  

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6:11 pm
Tue August 26, 2014

Tri-County Economic Alliance In The Works

Out of 21 Garner report recommendations, the Wilmington City Council and New Hanover County Board of Commissioners chose to focus on these six objectives.
Isabelle Shepherd

It has oft been said that a rising tide lifts all boats. The City of Wilmington and New Hanover County are banding together to create a marketing alliance between Brunswick, Pender, and New Hanover counties. 

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4:30 pm
Mon August 25, 2014

Changes in Entrepreneurial Landscape Open Space for Start-Ups in Small Cities like Wilmington

Hugh Forrest, Executive Director of the South by Southwest Interactive Conference in Austin, TX, will be the keynote speaker for the Coastal Connect Conference.
UNCW Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship

Silicon Valley and New York City used to be the exclusive homes of start-up businesses.  But that economic landscape is changing, leaving room for smaller cities like Wilmington to become a hotbed for entrepreneurs.

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3:18 pm
Mon August 25, 2014

UNCW Professor Pioneers Face Aging Technology

There are multiple uses for face aging technology, including life-planning, missing persons progressed-age photos, and the cosmetic and plastic surgery industries.
I²SIS – Face Aging Group

Your face may be revealing more than you think.  A UNCW computer science professor is developing new technology to predict how long a person may live based on a current photo. 

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12:32 pm
Fri August 22, 2014

Wilmington Looking to Expand Urban Mixed-Use Zoning to Encourage Redevelopment

Senior City Planner Christine Hughes presents the requirements for the conceptual site plan, which would have to be approved by Wilmington City Council before a plot of land could be rezoned as urban mixed-use.
Isabelle Shepherd

Wilmington city planners are hoping to encourage redevelopment with the expansion of urban mixed-use zoning, which mandates a blend of the commercial and residential. But since Wilmington is mostly built out, redevelopment will always be in someone’s backyard. 

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2:28 pm
Thu August 21, 2014

Southeastern NC Film Community Group Photo To Be Taken This Saturday

Flyer for Film Community Group Photo
Andrew Sleet

Some state legislators say they don’t see the positive economic impact of film in North Carolina.  Wilmington’s film community is coming together to show them the big picture.

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1:56 pm
Thu August 21, 2014

Group of Local Leaders Proposes Alternative Special Use Permit Process

New Hanover County currently has one special use permit for all industries. Local leaders are looking to change that.
New Hanover County

Local government representatives are joining with environmental advocates and business leaders to create an alternative to a controversial recommendation from the Garner economic development report. Instead of doing away with the special use permit process, they hope to cut the red tape for some industries.  

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5:52 pm
Wed August 20, 2014

CoastLine: Ending Chronic Homelessness in the Cape Fear Region

Ending Chronic Homelessness in ten years:  it’s a commitment that the City of Wilmington, three local county governments, service providers, and the United Way made six years ago.  

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