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Regional Networking Initiative Debuts at Rocky Mount Mills

More than 50 NCEDA members and guests attended the organization’s Regional Networking Luncheon at Rocky Mount Mills on October 23. The historic 150-acre mixed-use re-development now includes a brewery incubator, retail establishment, several eateries, residences and a soon-to-open micro-hotel. Capitol Broadcasting Company is leading Rocky...

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Regional economic meeting focuses on Mills project

A Raleigh-based economic development agency with nearly 600 members hosted a recent event to discuss the transformation of the Rocky Mount Mills and its regional impact.   The N.C. Economic Development Association held its first fall regional luncheon Tuesday at the Rocky Mount Mills. The luncheon is...

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Digital marketing trends to watch in 2019

In the digital age, “content” is king. Traditional advertising is struggling, and consumer decision-making is now being driven by content. In turn, brands are spreading their message through influencers, advertorials and sponsored promotions. Privacy, transparency and personalization are among the themes for 2019, according to...

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The Virtue of Apprenticeship

The goal of expanding US apprenticeship programs has attracted support from Republicans and Democrats in Congress and state legislatures. Even Presidents Obama and Trump agree on this. Apprenticeships combine academic studies with structured, work-based learning under a mentor or supervisor. They involve joint production of skills...

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Improving skills through workforce development

The skills gap costs the US economy $160 billion annually in unfilled labor output, reduced productivity and depressed earnings, according to an analysis by the National Skills Coalition. While “middle-skilled” jobs account for 53 percent of the US labor market, only 43 percent of the...

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On the difficulty of defining disruption

Remember Encarta? It was Microsoft’s CD-ROM encyclopedia launched in the 1990s. Prior to that, Britannica had sold leather-bound volumes of learning to middle-class households for decades. Encarta was a “disrupter” in its day. Then Wikipedia came along. The term “disruptive innovation” was popularized by Harvard...

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