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Economic Development

Prospects for big employer in Brunswick Co. still early in process

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video State documents say a company is considering bringing a thousand jobs to Brunswick County, but the county's economic development chief says everything is still very preliminary. Full story...
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County, city hear presentation on economic develop strategy

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video Last August New Hanover County leaders hired an economic consultant to help the county move in a positive direction. After hearing the consultant's presentation today, Commission Chair Woody White says the $100,000 price tag was money well spent. Full story...
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Leaders continue push to make downtown better

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video Downtown leaders got more advice today on how to make the area better. At a luncheon, business leaders, property owners and real estate professionals discussed trends and issues that affect downtown. Full story...
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NC leaders deciding again on state's film break future

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North Carolina's film incentives may finally become a permanent fixture in the state's economic development pitch to television and movie producers. Or it could get written out of the script. Full story...
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Council votes to overhaul funding for civic development partners

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video Wilmington City Council members say that economic development is key for the future of the city and now they want to make sure they’re doing all they can to get the most bang for the taxpayers buck. Full story...
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NC plans business recruiting to be more like sales

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Gov. Pat McCrory's administration is moving to privatize parts of the public agency that woos companies and jobs to North Carolina, hoping to make business recruitment more effective. Full story...
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Commerce Secretary wraps up statewide listening tour in Wilmington

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video North Carolina's Commerce Secretary was in town today, as she continues a listening tour. Secretary Sharon Decker is traveling the state so she can hear first-hand from business owners and economic development professionals. Today marked the last stop of the statewide "listening tour" for Decker. Full story...
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Future of Water Street Parking Deck still in doubt

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videoFor years many people have called the Water Street Parking Deck in downtown Wilmington an eyesore. City Council is working to change that, but it might not turn out the way some had wanted. Full story...
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Wilmington, New Hanover look for input on economic development plan

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videoNew Hanover County and the City of Wilmington want public input on creating an economic development strategy. The city and county have partnered with Garner Economics, LLC to work on the plan. Full story...
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Wilmington considers new process for giving money to community groups

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videoNon-profit groups and other organizations with an eye for economic development will likely have to go through a new process to ask the City of Wilmington for money. Full story...
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Duke Energy selects Brunswick County location for Site Readiness Program

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video Duke Energy Progress has chosen a 220-acre tract along the Cape Fear River in Navassa to participate in the utility's 2013 Site Readiness Program to prepare the location for potential industrial development. Full story...
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County and city leaders partner for economic development plan

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video New Hanover County leaders as well as Wilmington City leaders introduced a new economic development plan Wednesday. The county has approved $323,000 for economic development for next year’s budget. Full story...
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Wilmington leaders talk strategy to foster economic growth

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videoTuesday night Wilmington leaders reviewed last year's economic development and put a plan in place for further growth in 2013 at WHQR's public forum. Full story...
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Facebook hosts grand opening of data center in Rutherford County

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Facebook is updating the status of its data center in Rutherford County. Officials from the social networking website joined lawmakers and other North Carolina officials Thursday in the grand opening of its Forest City data center. Full story...
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Wilmington council considers small biz help along with ballpark

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video Spending money to make money. The City of Wilmington is looking for ways to spur economic development. Some council members believe a baseball stadium may do that. At the same time, the city also wants to help small business owners. Is there money for both? Full story...
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