economic development en NC - SC Border Highlights Jobs Competition <p>South Carolina scored some notable victories this week in the competition for new jobs in the Charlotte region. Three companies announced plans to bring a combined total of at least 3,900 new jobs to York and Chester counties. Two of those expansions involve relocating jobs that are currently based in Charlotte. &nbsp; John Lassiter, a former Charlotte City Council member who now chairs the North Carolina Economic Development Board, talks to WFAE's Mark Rumsey about the challenges in competing with the incentives that South Carolina can offer.</p><p> Wed, 18 Jun 2014 02:13:56 +0000 Mark Rumsey 53136 at NC Almost Done Privatizing Part Of Commerce Department <p>The North Carolina House and Senate are finalizing significant changes to how the state recruits and retains businesses. The chambers have passed slightly different versions of a bill to privatize part of the state Commerce Department.</p><p> Thu, 12 Jun 2014 13:43:29 +0000 Michael Tomsic 52775 at NC Almost Done Privatizing Part Of Commerce Department Trying To Make Charlotte Google's Next "Fiber-Hood" <p></p><p>The city of Charlotte was recently given a bit of homework. How the city answers a series of questions will determine if neighborhoods like South Park, Uptown and Dilworth will be Google’s next fiber-hoods. So what could Google Fiber in Charlotte mean for consumers and businesses alike? &nbsp;</p><div> Mon, 10 Mar 2014 10:00:00 +0000 Tom Bullock 46375 at Trying To Make Charlotte Google's Next "Fiber-Hood" NC Commerce Privatization Tries To Take Shape <p>The private board that Governor Pat McCrory wants to take control of recruiting and retaining businesses in North Carolina met for the first time Wednesday. But there’s not too much that board can do until the state legislature gives it more authority.</p><p> Wed, 19 Feb 2014 21:47:06 +0000 Michael Tomsic 45384 at NC Commerce Privatization Tries To Take Shape NC Commerce In Process Of Privatizing Job Recruitment <p>The North Carolina Commerce Department is in the process of changing the way it recruits and retains businesses. It's privatizing parts of the public model it currently uses, and it announced Tuesday who the interim CEO of the new, private side will be. But much about the new model is still up in the air, including whether state lawmakers will approve it.</p><p> Tue, 07 Jan 2014 20:30:17 +0000 Michael Tomsic 42535 at NC Commerce In Process Of Privatizing Job Recruitment Bill Would Eliminate A Tool Neighbors Have To Fight Zoning Changes <p><strong>Updated 7/26/13: </strong>The regulatory bill that lawmakers ended up passing, left out eliminating protest petitions.&nbsp;</p><p></p><p>In North Carolina neighbors can oppose development projects that require rezonings by filing something called a protest petition.&nbsp; That means the rezoning requires a three-fourths vote on the city council, not just a simple majority. &nbsp;A bill that would eliminate those kinds of petitions has passed the state house.&nbsp;</p><p> Wed, 17 Jul 2013 13:35:04 +0000 Lisa Miller 31506 at Economic Update With John Connaughton <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">According to frequent guest, </span>UNC<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> Charlotte Economics Professor John </span>Connaughton<span style="line-height: 1.5;">, the economy is on the upswing in almost every sector. Interest rates may be on the rise and the housing industry, at least in Charlotte, is really heating up. We'll look at all of those factors to see if this is a temporary jump or if the economy may be on the rise for the foreseeable future, when Charlotte Talks.</span></p><p></p><p> Tue, 09 Jul 2013 04:00:00 +0000 30877 at Economic Update With John Connaughton Charlotte Region/China Connection <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Last month, mayors from North Carolina and Alabama cities and towns visited China to learn about ways that their municipalities can do business with China. Mayor Jill Swain of </span>Huntersville<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> came home with new knowledge and optimism about a future tie with China and our region. Now officials from China are visiting the Charlotte region to learn more about opportunities here. But this isn't just an isolated potential relationship. Business with China is on the rise in North Carolina and throughout the South. We'll talk with Chinese and Charlotte area officials about why the south and our region are attractive to Chinese business people and what kinds of ties may be formed in the future, when Charlotte Talks.</span></p><p> Mon, 17 Jun 2013 04:00:00 +0000 29393 at Charlotte Region/China Connection Charlotte Sees Boom In Chinese Businesses <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>Chinese business people from across the Carolinas will gather in Charlotte Saturday evening to celebrate the rapid growth of the Carolinas Chinese Chamber of Commerce and crown an inaugural set of award recipients.&nbsp;</p><p></p><p> Fri, 10 May 2013 00:29:00 +0000 Julie Rose 26975 at Charlotte Sees Boom In Chinese Businesses Small Town Economic Development <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">As Charlotte grows, so too do surrounding towns and cities. Small farming communities or sleepy textile mill towns have transformed into independent, vibrant towns with their own identities - how did they get there? Many people work in Charlotte but live all over the metro area. What makes those towns and cities home? How do they maintain their own identities and preserve their histories without being absorbed as another outlying suburb of Charlotte? We'll look at the unique challenges towns face, their relationship with the city of Charlotte and the state and find out how they distinguish themselves. How do small towns like Belmont, Matthews and </span>Huntersville<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> creatively stimulate economic growth? We'll find out from the people responsible for their growth and success in a wide-ranging conversation about smart growth, development, town identity and more, when Charlotte Talks.</span></p><p> Thu, 25 Apr 2013 04:00:00 +0000 25908 at Small Town Economic Development