WILMINGTON, N.C. — The Passion Works Capital Campaign held the official public kick-off event for their fundraising efforts this morning at the Wilmington Convention Center. Cape Fear Future (CFF) is the flagship initiative of the Wilmington Chamber that aims to raise $1 Million over the course of a five-year strategic action plan. The purpose of this effort is to increase the number of higher wage jobs (knowledge sector economy) in order to foster economic growth and ensure the prosperity of the region. The initiative will leverage existing assets to build a community where knowledge sector workers would choose to live, work and play.
WILMINGTON, N.C.—Twenty-seven Wilmington business and community leaders will compose the 2013 Leadership Wilmington class and will plan and conduct the area’s largest single-day volunteer activity: Work On Wilmington.
Sponsored by the Wilmington Chamber Foundation, the objective of the ten-month long program is to educate, challenge and motivate leaders and future leaders to utilize their skills to work for the betterment of our community. The class project, Work on Wilmington (which will be held Saturday, April 20, 2013), is a “hands-on” event that provides the class members an opportunity to put their leadership, decision-making and teamwork skills to work.
WILMINGTON, N.C. — The North Carolina Azalea Festival at Wilmington, Inc. held its Annual Meeting on Thursday, May 19, 2011. Key items of business included electing officers for 2012 and finalizing the dates for the 2012 Azalea Festival.
The following officers were elected at the meeting:
- President: Charles R. Kays
- President-elect: Donna S. Cameron
- Vice President: Stephen E. Coble
- Treasurer: Liz Carroll
- Assistant Treasurer: Robby Collins
- Secretary: Sandra Criner.
WILMINGTON, N.C. – The N.C. State Ports Authority will host three electric vehicle manufacturers for a utility vehicle demonstration at the Port of Wilmington on Friday, May 13. The vehicles on display represent a cleaner option in the performance of daily maintenance and light industrial operations.
Members of the business community are invited to tour and test-drive the vehicles.
WILMINGTON, N.C. — Dr. William Hope, a surgeon at University Physicians, a service of South East Area Health Education Center, was recently initiated into the American College of Surgeons (ACS). The ACS is a scientific and educational association of surgeons that was founded in 1913 to improve the quality of care for the surgical patient by setting high standards for surgical education and practice.
WILMINGTON, N.C. – The Wilmington Chamber of Commerce is hosting an elected officials’ appreciation BBQ this Friday, May 6 from 5 – 7 p.m. on the riverfront behind the Wilmington Chamber of Commerce office, located at One Estell Lee Place next to the Wilmington Convention Center. The cost to attend is $25/person, and attendance is limited to Chamber members and invited guests.
WILMINGTON, N.C. – Allison Dunlap, who co-owns Wilmington-based Cheer Infinity Allstars with her husband, Billy, received a Leadership Award at the recent All Star Challenge competition in Raleigh.
“At Cheer Infinity, all of our coaches and athletes work hard to improve and win with integrity,” says Allison Dunlap. “While I was proud to receive this Leadership Award, it belongs to the entire Cheer Infinity family.”
RALEIGH, N.C. — The United States Attorney’s Office announced that a Federal Grand Jury returned a 74-count Criminal Indictment on February 23, 2011, charging JAMES WALTER GODDARD, 40, of Wilmington, North Carolina, with bank fraud, in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 1344; wire fraud, in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 1343; money laundering, in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 1956(a)(1); aggravated identity theft, in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 1028A; and obstruction of justice, in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 1519. The Indictment was unsealed at his Initial Appearance in federal court yesterday.
WILMINGTON, N.C. – K and M Speed Networking is hosting its monthly speed networking luncheon in Wilmington on Thursday, Jan. 27 at 11:45 a.m. The event will be held at Harold W. Wells & Son, located at 5 North 3rd Street in downtown Wilmington. K and M annual members and first-time guests attend at no cost; lunch is $10 for guests who have previously attended.
Members of the Home Services Team of Coastal North Carolina (HSTNC), a group of southeastern North Carolina businesses that provide home services such as roofing and appliance repair, are in the midst of a campaign entitled “Helping Heroes for the Holidays.” Between now and Christmas, each of the group’s member will contribute $5 for every new customer to Step Up For Soldiers, a New Hanover County-based non-profit dedicated to enhancing the lives of disabled veterans and their families. Step Up For Soldiers is an all-volunteer organization that places special emphasis on helping disabled veterans who were involved in Operation Enduring Freedom and subsequent combat operations. For more information about Step Up For Soldiers, visit http://www.stepupforsoldiers.org.
WILMINGTON, N.C. – Wilmington Mayor Bill Saffo and City Councilman Charlie Rivenbark recently participated in the ribbon-cutting and grand re-opening of Cheer Infinity Allstars’ newly renovated gym in Wilmington.
“These renovations are a critical step forward in our ongoing efforts to provide each of our students with a safe, comfortable place in which they can improve their skills, learn to compete at a high level and win with integrity,” says Allison Dunlap, co-owner of Cheer Infinity Allstars. “We are grateful to Mayor Bill Saffo and Councilman Charlie Rivenbark for their willingness to participate in our ribbon-cutting and help us celebrate this important milestone.”
WILMINGTON, N.C. – Two teams from Cheer Infinity Allstars, a Wilmington-based all star cheerleading gym, finished first in their respective divisions at the recent CHEERSPORT competition in Raleigh. Cheer Infinity Solar Storm won in the Senior Coed 3 division, and Cheer Infinity Allstars Venus finished first in the Senior Open 5 division. The competition was held Sunday, Nov. 14 at the Raleigh Convention Center.
WILMINGTON, N.C. — As the opening of the Wilmington Convention Center nears, the Wilmington/Cape Fear Coast Convention & Visitors Bureau and SMG, the center’s management company, are pleased to announce that more than 35 contracts have been issued to date. In addition, another 65 tentative events (22 of which are conventions) are pending, several of which would take place during 2011 and 2012.
WILMINGTON, N.C. — Stuart Franck has joined Stephen Owens’ Insurance Agency as an associate producer. He will be based in the Wilmington office and will focus on home, auto, boat, life and small commercial accounts.
Franck is a graduate of East Carolina University with a degree in Business Education. He is a native of Eastern North Carolina and has lived in Wilmington since 1994. He previously was in the real estate business for 17 years.
WILMINGTON, N.C. –Republican Congressional candidate Ilario Pantano will debate incumbent Democrat Mike McIntyre this Friday, Aug. 20 at the McKeithan Center on the Cape Fear Community College North Campus.
The debate, which begins at 7 p.m., is sponsored by the Greater Wilmington Chamber of Commerce. Doors will open at 6:45 p.m., and the forum will air live on WECT-TV6. WECT news anchor Jon Evans will moderate the debate.
Seating for the Congressional Forum is limited. Wilmington Chamber members who make reservations will have reserved seating.
WILMINGTON, N.C. – The immigration issue will be front and center on this week’s Byline: Wilmington. The show airs on WILM-TV10 at 8:30 a.m. on Sunday, with an encore at 11 a.m.
This week’s topic is “Immigration: The Local Issue.” The New Hanover County Board of Commissioners recently voted 3-2 to support Arizona’s controversial immigration law, SB 1070. The show’s guests will be Ken Hatcher an attorney with the New Hanover County public defender’s office, and Jonathan Barfield, a member of the board of commissioners.
WILMINGTON, N.C. — Work on Wilmington 2011, an annual community service event in which hundreds of volunteers complete in just four hours projects that make Wilmington a better place to live, has been scheduled for April 16, 2011. On this day, volunteers will gather at various locations throughout New Hanover County and work from 8:00 a.m. to noon on projects of lasting value to the community.
WILMINGTON, N.C. — Kim Hufham, President/CEO of the New Hanover County Tourism Development Authority, announces that the Wilmington/Cape Fear Coast Convention & Visitors Bureau (WCFCCVB) recently received a Destination Marketing Achievement award and an Innovation Award from the Destination Marketing Association of North Carolina (DMANC, formerly known as NCACVB). The 2009 awards were presented at a ceremony held on June 7, 2010 during the joint DMANC/NCTIA Annual Meeting at Sea Trail Golf Resort and Convention Center in Sunset Beach, North Carolina. Kim Hufham and Marketing Manager Paige Somervell accepted the award.
Local taxes and fees in Wilmington topped $2,125 per person in the 2008 budget year, according to a new John Locke Foundation report. That total placed Wilmington at No. 5 in a ranking of the state’s larger cities.
Charlotte topped the rankings again in 2008, followed by Mooresville, Asheville, and Chapel Hill. The list compared 32 municipalities with at least 25,000 residents. Jacksonville, Indian Trail, Thomasville, Fayetteville, and Goldsboro ranked lowest among the larger cities. Jacksonville, at $1,092 per person, ranked No. 32.
WILMINGTON, N.C. — The Wilmington Family YMCA Healthy Kids Day will be held on Saturday, April 24, from 9 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. at the YMCA at 2710 Market Street. This national YMCA event is the nation’s largest health day for children, with more than 1,700 YMCAs across the country participating, and all activities are free and open to the community. YMCA Healthy Kids Day includes fun, engaging and creative activities for kids and families to promote healthy relationships, wellness and healthy living. Resources will also be provided to help parents get back to the basics of healthy living and making everyday healthy choices for their families.
WILMINGTON, NC — On Thursday, March 18, the Board of Directors of the Wilmington Regional Association of REALTORS® (WRAR) voted to hire Clancy & Theys Construction Company as the general contractor for the organization’s proposed new building on Sir Tyler Drive across from Mayfaire.
Clancy & Theys Construction Company is a respected NC headquartered construction firm that established its Wilmington division in 1984. The company specializes in building commercial, industrial, and institutional buildings. Two of their most recent projects include the new Topsail High School in Hampstead and the School of Nursing building at UNCW.
WILMINGTON, N.C. – Talk, Inc. received a Gold ADDY award for its recently redesigned website (http://www.talkinc.com), and a Silver ADDY award for its 2009 holiday card from the American Advertising Federation of the Coastal Carolinas. The ADDY Awards, which recognize creative excellence in all forms of advertising, were presented on Feb. 6 in Myrtle Beach, S.C. As a Gold ADDY winner, Talk’s website will automatically be placed into the next round of competition at the district level, which includes North Carolina, South Carolina and Virginia.
Wilmington, NC – Time Warner Cable digital customers can watch even more local high school sports on Demand. Time Warner Cable is now the Official Corporate Sponsor of the North Carolina Independent Schools Athletic Association (NCISAA) and the Official Television Sponsor of the NCISAA. With this new partnership, Time Warner Cable has exclusive broadcast rights to NCISAA Championship Events on Carolina On Demand, channel 1234.
Local Cape Fear Region schools which belong to NCISAA include; Cape Fear Academy – Wilmington, Harrells Christian Academy – Harrells, Waccamaw Academy – Whiteville.
Wilmington, NC – Outstanding fishing, hunting, boating, and camping opportunities in Wilmington & North Carolina’s Cape Fear Coast provide an outdoor enthusiast’s paradise. On March 20-21, the 2nd Annual Cape Fear Wildlife Expo comes to Wilmington, North Carolina. During the 2-day expo, more than 100 exhibitors will showcase products and services for outdoor enthusiasts. Billed as a family event, the expo will feature wildlife art and decoy displays; book signings by regional outdoor writers; hunting and fishing products; boats and accessories; truck and ATV displays; fly-fishing and decoy-carving demonstrations; conservation exhibits; outdoor sports guides and outfitters.
The following is a letter sent to CFBN by The Coalition for Economic Advancement. This group was begun to support Titan Cement’s plans to build a cement manufacturing plant in New Hanover County. Bob Warwick, Coalition President, is a lifelong resident of New Hanover County, former member of the Wilmington committee of 100 and a partner of RSM McGladrey, an accounting, tax and business consulting firm.
January 28, 2010
Governor Bev Perdue
Office of the Governor
20301 Mail Service Center
Raleigh, NC 27699-0301
Wilmington, NC – Wilmington & North Carolina’s Cape Fear Coast is among the most historically significant African-American regions in the United States. African-American ancestry is traced back to the 1700’s, and although much important history left no visible landmark, several historical sites still exist, such as the Cape Fear Museum, Bellamy Mansion, and Thalian Hall, as well as churches, cemeteries, homes and historical markers. A new interpretive marker for the Orange Street Landing at Cape Fear site (part of the National Underground Railroad Network to Freedom, a National Park Service program) was unveiled in mid-January at the corner of Orange and Water streets. During the month of February, festivals and special events will celebrate Black History Month. Other events that commemorate African-American heritage take place throughout the year.
Wilmington, NC – AmeriGas Propane, Inc., general partner of AmeriGas Partners, L.P. (NYSE: APU), reported net income attributable to AmeriGas Partners, L.P. for the first fiscal quarter ended December 31, 2009 of $84.0 million compared to $124.0 million for the same period last year. The Partnership’s earnings before interest expense, income taxes, depreciation and amortization (EBITDA) was $123.0 million for the first quarter of 2009 compared to $164.1 million for the same period last year. Results for the prior-year period include the impact of a $39.9 million pre-tax gain on the sale of the Partnership’s California propane storage terminal.
Fourth Quarter Highlights:
•Net Income was $358 million compared with a loss of $74 million in the fourth quarter 2008
•Oil and gas production was 415,000 barrels per day, up from 379,000 in the fourth quarter 2008
•Capital and exploratory expenditures were $992 million, down from $1,250 million in the fourth quarter 2008
•Year end total proved reserves were 1,437 million barrels; reserve replacement for 2009 was 103 percent
WILMINGTON, N.C. – GE Hitachi Nuclear Energy (GEH) announced today it has been selected by the U.S. Department of Energy’s National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) to help develop a U.S. supply of a radioisotope used in more than 20 million diagnostic medical procedures in the United States each year.
NNSA has chosen GEH to help create a reliable U.S. supply of molybdenum-99 without the use of highly enriched uranium (HEU) to respond to a shortage from repeated, unplanned outages at facilities where it currently is produced.