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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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5:19 pm
Tue August 19, 2014

Blue Ribbon Commission on the Prevention of Youth Violence Adds New Programs

The BRC has expanded its youth programs this summer.
Blue Ribbon Commission on the Prevention of Youth Violence

Wilmington Mayor Bill Saffo says we need people working and paying taxes, not jailed in a cell, which costs tens of thousands of dollars per incarcerated person.  His remarks prefaced the public update of the Blue Ribbon Commission’s mission: to build a community where the youth are safe, healthy, educated, and successful. 

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1:51 pm
Tue August 19, 2014

Housing First Model More Effective at Ending Chronic Homelessness

The Cape Fear region is now six years into the Ten Year Plan to End Chronic Homelessness. 

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1:59 pm
Thu August 14, 2014

New Hanover County's Comprehensive Plan Reaches Next Phase

Plan NHC will act as a guide for New Hanover County's future development.
New Hanover County

New Hanover County’s Comprehensive Plan is moving forward.  After four months of work, the citizen-led theme committees completed their recommendations.

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6:04 pm
Wed August 13, 2014

CoastLine: What Does a Vibrant Downtown Wilmington Look Like?

Downtown Development in Wilmington:   What’s the best way to grow while staying true to the Port City’s historic legacy – and what are the challenges to growth downtown we still face? 

With historic preservation tax credits hanging in the balance -- even the outcome of the film incentive holding some sway over the economic future of downtown, local leaders could soon have to find new ways to independently develop the vision of a thriving, historic, culturally-diverse waterfront urban area. 

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