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Union County commissioners have voted to suspend the county's membership in the Charlotte Regional Partnership, which helps recruit jobs to the Charlotte area.

The head of the Charlotte Regional Partnership says he won't release details of the city's pitch to land Amazon's massive second headquarters, even though Charlotte is now out of the running. Ronnie Bryant told WFAE Wednesday that's not the way recruiters do business.

In October, Charlotte Area Transit System added slogans to buses saying "Hey Amazon! #CLTisPrime"
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Amazon has given local business recruiters a bit of feedback on why Charlotte didn't make the list of 20 finalists for the company's planned $5 billion second headquarters. One key reason: a shortage of tech talent. 

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Stanley Black & Decker says it will build a $31 million power tool manufacturing plant near Fort Mill, S.C., south of Charlotte.  The plant will make Dewalt cordless tools, and is expected to employee about 500 people.  

A main building on the site once was a Ford Model T factory and Army missile plant. More recently, it was a Rite-Aid distribution center.
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The Charlotte City Council on Monday approved a rezoning for the 72-acre Camp North End development off Statesville Avenue, north of uptown.  

Corning will expand its optical fiber plant in Midland, in Cabarrus County.
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Corning Inc. says strong demand for optical fiber and cable is bringing another expansion in North Carolina. The company said Monday it will spend $176 million in Catawba and Cabarrus counties and create 410 jobs over the next two years.   

Corning Inc. says growing demand for optical fiber in communications networks is behind plans for a $30 million expansion of its optical cable plant in Hickory. The company also announced a similar sized expansion of another plant in Winston-Salem.

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Updated 11:20pm
Corning Optical Communications has picked a site off I-485 in northwest Charlotte for its new $38 million headquarters, a spokesman said Tuesday.

Corning Optical Communications plans to move its headquarters from Hickory to a new $38.7 million office building Charlotte in 2018. A spokeswoman said the company is looking at sites off I-485 northwest of Charlotte, and hopes to announce the location by April 1.

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Greenways are nothing new for Charlotte. These pedestrian and bicycle paths are scattered throughout the county, but most sections are only a few miles long. That’s about to change. A project is in the works to link some of these paved paths and create one continuous greenway from Pineville northeast to the Cabarrus County line. The effort isn’t just about recreation, but also economic development. 


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