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Local News
9:35 am
Thu July 24, 2014

Sealed Air Corporation Bringing 1,262 Jobs (And Bubble Wrap) To Charlotte

Governor Pat McCrory shares a laugh with Sealed Air CEO Jerome Peribere.
Credit Michael Tomsic

The company behind Bubble Wrap is popping in nearly 1,300 jobs in Charlotte. Sealed Air Corporation announced Wednesday it's moving its headquarters here from New Jersey. The Fortune 500 company could eventually get more than $41 million in state and local incentives.

Before the announcement, Charlotte Chamber employees put strips of Bubble Wrap under everyone's seats.

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Local News
10:13 pm
Tue June 17, 2014

NC - SC Border Highlights Jobs Competition

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.   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.


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Local News
9:43 am
Thu June 12, 2014

NC Almost Done Privatizing Part Of Commerce Department

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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.

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Local News
6:00 am
Mon March 10, 2014

Trying To Make Charlotte Google's Next "Fiber-Hood"

Credit Google

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?  

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Local News
4:47 pm
Wed February 19, 2014

NC Commerce Privatization Tries To Take Shape

John Lassiter sits as the head of the table during the first meeting of the Economic Development Partnership of North Carolina.
Credit Michael Tomsic

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.


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Local News
3:30 pm
Tue January 7, 2014

NC Commerce In Process Of Privatizing Job Recruitment

Richard Lindenmuth is the interim CEO of the Economic Development Partnership of North Carolina.
Credit Commerce Department

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.


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Local News
9:35 am
Wed July 17, 2013

Bill Would Eliminate A Tool Neighbors Have To Fight Zoning Changes

Updated 7/26/13: The regulatory bill that lawmakers ended up passing, left out eliminating protest petitions. 

In North Carolina neighbors can oppose development projects that require rezonings by filing something called a protest petition.  That means the rezoning requires a three-fourths vote on the city council, not just a simple majority.  A bill that would eliminate those kinds of petitions has passed the state house. 


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Charlotte Talks
12:00 am
Tue July 9, 2013

Economic Update With John Connaughton

According to frequent guest, UNC Charlotte Economics Professor John Connaughton, 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.

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Charlotte Talks
12:00 am
Mon June 17, 2013

Charlotte Region/China Connection

  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 Huntersville 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.

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Local News
8:29 pm
Thu May 9, 2013

Charlotte Sees Boom In Chinese Businesses

Members of the Carolinas Chinese Chamber of Commerce celebrate with local officials in 2012.
Credit Carolinas Chinese Chamber of Commerce

  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. 


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