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  • Businesses Breathe Sigh of Relief After Amazon Defeats Unions

    Washington Examiner April 10, 2021 In a defeat for organized labor, workers at a Bessemer, Ala. Amazon facility voted 1,798-738 against unionizing. Unions were hopeful that an affirmative vote could help regenerate interest in the nation’s struggling labor movement. But for US Senator Bernie Sanders,......

  • There Are Now More Jobs Available Than Before the Pandemic. So Why Aren’t People Signing Up?

    NBC News April 9, 2021 The re-opening of the US economy in the wake of vaccinations has led to a surge in job openings. There were 15 million position vacancies in mid-March, according to ZipRecruiter, with listings ranging from travel and leisure jobs to work......

  • Long Road Ahead to Budget Deal

    Carolina Public Press April 1, 2021 Governor Roy Cooper’s $27.3 billion budget proposal released late last month includes pay raises and bonuses for teachers and school personnel and a $4.7 billion bond referendum for K-12, university and community college buildings, water and sewer infrastructure, and......

  • PwC US Chair Tim Ryan Discusses Remote Work Post-Covid, ESG Investing

    CNBC (YouTube Video) March 29, 2021 Where do CEOs stand on bringing employees back to the workplace? A recent survey by PwC found that balancing safety considerations and workplace innovations calls for a hybrid approach. “The reality is when CEOs survey their employees they’re asking......

  • Biden Administration Plans Major Reboot for US Offshore Wind Power

    NBC News March 29, 2020 Offshore wind — in which gigantic wind turbines located in waters off the coast churn out electricity to power homes and businesses onshore — can expand non-carbon emitting electrical generation. It also stands to drive job creation. But as land-based......

  • Carolina Partners with Chapel Hill to Help Revitalize Downtown and Create Innovation Hub

    UNC Communications March 24, 2020 Since 1958, UNC Chapel Hill has helped facilitate the launch of 786 start-ups that raised a total of $17.6 billion in funding. Of those, 193 are still active and employing more than 3,000 Orange County workers as of 2020. Earlier......

  • Pandemic Puts Booming CEO Pay Under the Microscope

    CNN Business March 19, 2021 Among the drastic changes that COVID-19 has brought to businesses in the last year is one that swings from left field: CEO pay. While many companies adjusted compensation in 2020 in response to the pandemic, CEO pay was largely altered......

  • Pandemic Side Effect: America’s Backed Up Ports

    Axios March 12, 2021 First the good news: the economy is getting better. But consumer demand – driven by vaccines, online commerce and stimulus checks – has created an historic backlog at the nation’s ports. There is a shortage of shipping containers, many of which......

  • She Said, She Said: An Interview with the Women of EDPNC

    Business North Carolina (blog post) March 10, 2021 For Liz Isley, a grad school fellowship first exposed her to economic development and the challenges faced by municipalities and local organizations. “I fell in love with the work,” says Isley, who is now  International Trade Manager......

  • Is This The End Of The Big City?

    CNBC (YouTube Video) March 2, 2021 Those whose jobs allow the option of remote work are growing accustomed to not making the daily commute to the office. In fact, surveys find that one in five workers do not want to return to the workplace at......