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Local - April 22
2:47 pm
Tue April 22, 2014

Whether Hauled Away or Kept in NHC, Efforts Ensue to Ensure Solid Waste Stream Diverts from Landfill

The question of what to do with New Hanover County’s solid waste is still open. After hearing long-awaited presentations Monday from two private companies vying to haul local waste to neighboring counties, the commissioners were left dissatisfied with projected costs. While the outside companies have been invited to justify their numbers during next month’s commission board meeting, the county could simply continue to handle waste management operations on its own.

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Local - April 21
5:00 am
Mon April 21, 2014

UNCW Business Leaders Ask Cape Fear Region's Top Five Employers to Reveal Their Needs

In the wake of UNCW’s Information Technology Conference and the release of the Garner Report, the question of how to spur economic development in the Cape Fear Region persists Should leaders be luring outside businesses, developing local industries, or encouraging start-up activity? In answer to this, UNCW’s Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship, or CIE, is training local entrepreneurs to identify area business owners’ needs, develop solutions accordingly—and take these ideas to broader, out-of-state markets.  

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Local - April 18
5:00 am
Fri April 18, 2014

New Moral Movies Film Series Intends to Highlight Social Issues and Spur Community Discussion

Founders cite Moral Mondays, the highly publicized NC NAACP protest movement, as Moral Movies' namesake.

Next week, Wilmington--along with seven other locations across the state--will begin hosting a new documentary film series. Its founders—the North Carolina NAACP and Wilmington-based nonprofit Working Films—have coined the summer-long initiative Moral Movies. Its four monthly features are intended to highlight hot-button state issues--and jump-start community dialog.

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Local - April 16
5:00 am
Wed April 16, 2014

Candidate Profile: Ernie Ward (D), NC Senate, District 8

A second Brunswick County veterinarian is vying to represent the citizens of North Carolina’s Senate District Eight.  In fact, Democratic candidate Dr. Ernie Ward cites -- as a major impetus to run -- a January episode during which his district’s incumbent senator, fellow veterinarian Bill Rabon, rejected legislation to regulate commercial dog breeding. In addition to animal rights, this political newcomer—who is endorsed by the North Carolina Association of Educators and has served on Brunswick County’s Board of Health—champions accessible healthcare and middle-class job creation.

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Local
3:04 pm
Wed April 9, 2014

Unemployment Drops Again in NC, but parts of the Southeastern Region are Still Struggling

Unemployment Rates, County by County, February 2014
NC Dept. of Commerce

Unemployment is down across most of North Carolina.  That’s according to the latest analysis from the Department of Commerce.  

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Local - April 9
5:00 am
Wed April 9, 2014

Candidate Profile: Michael Lee (R), NC Senate, District 9

Wilmington lawyer Michael Lee is vying for a seat in state Senate District 9—with hearty endorsement from incumbent Senator Thom Goolsby.  Lee, a fellow Republican, has twice previously run for the same seat--to Julia Boseman in 2008, and to Goolsby in the 2010 primary. While Lee has never won an elected position, he serves on the Port Authority Board, as well as the state Department of Transportation’s board.  Lee views job growth, education reform and a balanced budget as integrated pursuits.

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Local - April 7
5:00 am
Tue April 8, 2014

WOW Moves its Protest Site to Wilmington Hobby Lobby

WOW's supporters included 25 sign-bearing, local women's rights activists and humanists.

This week marks the fortieth consecutive Monday lunch-hour protest of Women Organizing for Wilmington, or WOW*. Since last summer, this grassroots group has been championing women’s rights and public education causes on a weekly basis, whether outside Senator Goolsby’s downtown office, or before the New Hanover County courthouse. But, WOW* has now left downtown altogether--to protest outside the Hobby Lobby at Hanover Center.

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Local
2:46 pm
Sun April 6, 2014

Charleston's Digital Corridor Could Offer Lessons for Wilmington

Ernest Andrade, Exec. Dir., Charleston's Digital Corridor; Keynote Speaker, WITX 2014
UNCW

Ernest Andrade, Executive Director of Charleston's Digital Corridor, talks with Rachel Lewis Hilburn.

The expansion of the Digital Corridor is one of Charleston, South Carolina’s chief growth strategies.

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Local - April 3
11:55 am
Thu April 3, 2014

Wilmington Expected to Experience Job Growth--Primarily in Low-Income Industries

PNC Bank commissioned economist Mekael Teshome to present survey findings to Wilmington business leaders at a Wednesday morning breakfast at Cape Fear Community College's Union Station.

Business owners in Southeastern North Carolina are more optimistic than they’ve been since pre-recessionary times—and many plan on doing some hiring. This is according to PNC Bank’s annual spring outlook survey. Yesterday, their economist presented survey findings on the financial state of the nation, the state—and of Wilmington. And the Port City is considered an area of major growth—yet in terms of residents’ income, it still lags behind state and national averages.

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Local
6:20 pm
Wed April 2, 2014

Garner Report says SUP is Business Deterrent; Area Lacks Economic Leadership

Jay Garner, Economic Development Consultant
Garner Economics, LLC

Listen to the audio version here.

New Hanover County is well-positioned to serve international markets through its port facilities, but the area doesn’t have sufficient access to national markets. 

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