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  • Patrick Woodie: GOP, Democrats Must Work to Expand Medicaid” (Opinion)

    More than 400,000 North Carolinians fall into the health insurance coverage gap, according to the North Carolina Rural Center, meaning they earn too little to afford private health insurance but too much to qualify for assistance under the state’s Medicaid program. Rural Center President Patrick......

  • America’s Biggest Economic Challenge May Be Demographic Decline

    The steepest challenge facing the US economy likely involves demographics. A new study by the DC-based Economic Innovation Group and Moody’s Analytics found that over the past decade, 80 percent of counties in the US experienced a decline in residents in the all-important 25 to......

  • NC Entrepreneurial Companies Raise Record $2.75B in 2018; Epic Tops List

    Last year, fast-growth firms in North Carolina raised a record-setting amount of venture funding, according to the “2018 Innovators Report” by the Council for Entrepreneurial Development. Companies collectively raised nearly $2.75 billion, up 144% from 2017. The state saw 207 venture deals across the IT,......

  • Record Turnout at Pinehurst Conference

    NCEDA’s Spring Conference (formerly the MidWinter Conference) drew almost 350 attendees to the historic Pinehurst Resort, where economic and workforce development leaders shared expertise around this year’s theme of “Tomorrow’s Workforce Today: Creativity, Collaboration and Human Capital.” Dominion Energy was the event’s presenting sponsor.  ......

  • Five Trends That Will Impact Real Estate Investing This Year

    Qualified Opportunity Zones (QOZ) grew from 2017 changes to the US tax code and include provisions for deferment, reduction and complete elimination of capital gains taxes for certain investments. There is currently an estimated $6 trillion pool of unrealized capital gains available for QOZ investment.......

  • Construction Trade Association Urges Minorities and Women to Join Construction Trades

    A recent survey by the Association of General Contractors (AGC) found that 80 percent of construction firms report having difficulty filling the hourly craft positions that comprise the lion’s share of the construction workforce. Factors creating the shortage include decreased support for technical and vocational......

  • North Carolina’s Solar Power Output Grew 36 Percent in 2018; #2 Solar State in the US

    The US Energy Information Administration (EIA) reports that North Carolina generated 7.2 million megawatt-hours of solar power at the end of 2018. That’s enough to run more than 600,000 homes. The state ranked #2 in the nation for solar production last year. EIA reports that......

  • Fayetteville Council Listens to a New Vision for Downtown

    Inner-city residential growth is now an indicator of a city’s overall success, according to Steve Auterman, an architect and urban planner with the Pittsburgh consulting firm Urban Design Associates. “Every growing community is seeing more people living downtown,” Auterman told the Fayetteville City Council. His......

  • STEMming the Parent Flow

    An academic paper entitled “The Changing Career Trajectories of New Parents in STEM” uses National Science Foundation data to build the argument that parenthood – for both moms and dads – contributes more to attrition in scientific professions than previously known. “Other points of the......

  • Statistics to Factor into Your 2019 e-Commerce Marketing Strategy

    Online commerce is rapidly growing – but also changing quickly. The digital research firm Hosting Facts analyzed social media and search engine marketing trends from 2018. Video and image search, voice search and influencer marketing are increasingly effective methods for customer acquisition. Among the findings......