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Pandemic, shutdowns have staggered tourism, imperiling rural N.C.

January 10, 2021

By Julie Havlak, Carolina Journal News Service RALEIGH — As he stood on his porch, watching the flames consume his studio, Brant Barnes wasn’t thinking about the fire. Barnes was remembering an old neighbor of his, a man who had died the night after just such a fire. He was thinking about the man’s bitterness, his death, and his own compromised heart. Barnes turned and went back inside and switched on the television. The fire kept burning, and soon there was nothing left. The year of 2020 will leave little for Brant and Karen Barnes. Their income vanished when the…

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Leland Launches Initiative to Guide Long-term Growth, 25-year planning initiative to be crafted with help of public feedback

January 8, 2021

LELAND, NC – Considering Leland’s rapid rise in population over the last several years, the Town is planning now to ensure that future growth is managed responsibly and with the needs of residents in mind. As part of Leland 2045 – a 10- to 12-month initiative to create a comprehensive plan for land use over the next 25 years – the Town will host the first of several community meetings later this month. Leland has partnered with award-winning planning and strategic services consulting firm Design Workshop for Leland 2045, which will update, incorporate and build upon land use and transportation plans…

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NC Department of Commerce 2021 Economic Development Meeting Schedules

January 8, 2021

RALEIGH, N.C. – The North Carolina Economic Investment Committee (EIC), the North Carolina Economic Development Accountability and Standards Committee (EDASC), and the North Carolina Rural Infrastructure Authority have released upcoming meeting dates for 2021. All meetings will be conducted by teleconference only, for the foreseeable future, due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Teleconference instructions for joining these meetings will be published by the Department ahead of each meeting and will also be posted at the N.C. Secretary of State’s website. Economic Investment Committee All meetings for the Economic Investment Committee are held on the second and fourth Tuesdays of each month…

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Full Belly Project Lives on in New Economic and Workforce Development Scholarship at CFCC

January 8, 2021

WILMINGTON, NC — The Cape Fear Community College Foundation is among the five organizations to receive funds from the Full Belly Project after the local nonprofit, dedicated to developing simple tools to improve lives around the world, announced its dissolution this past December. Fully Belly Project’s gift to CFCC of $10,000 established the Full Belly Project Technology, Innovation, Service and Agriculture (TISA) Scholarship for CFCC Economic and Workforce Development (EWD) students. The scholarship is now available to students in CFCC’s EWD programs who live in Wilmington’s Youth Enrichment Zone (YEZ) and/or are a participant in or graduate of the Voyage program (formerly known as the Blue Ribbon…

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Duke Energy to announce fourth-quarter and year-end 2020 financial results on Feb. 11

January 8, 2021

CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Duke Energy will announce its fourth-quarter and year-end financial results at 7 a.m. ET on Thursday, Feb. 11, in a news release to be posted on the company’s website at duke-energy.com/investors. An earnings conference call for analysts is scheduled from 10 to 11 a.m. ET that day to discuss fourth-quarter 2020 financial results.  In addition, the company will provide its 2021 adjusted earnings per share guidance range and other business and financial updates. The conference call will be hosted by Lynn Good, chair, president and chief executive officer, and Steve Young, executive vice president and chief financial officer.…

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Carolina Retreats purchases iconic Manteo inn

January 8, 2021

SURF CITY, N.C. — Carolina Retreats, a specialty lodging and vacation rental management company based in Surf City, North Carolina, announced the recent purchase of The Tranquil House Inn. The inn will become part of Carolina Retreats’ family of brands, which also includes Carolina Retreats Vacation Rentals, Topsail Realty Vacations, the Loggerhead Inn on Topsail Island, and The Beach House @ Oak Island. Built in 1988 by developer Ray Hollowell and owned and operated for the past 27 years by The Tranquility Company and the Just family, The Tranquil House Inn is located in one of the most iconic locations in historic Manteo. Overlooking Manteo’s historic waterfront, the inn offers…

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Alcami Expands Oral Solid Capabilities with Investment in Wilmington

January 7, 2021

WILMINGTON, N.C. — Alcami, a leading United States-based contract development and manufacturing organization (CDMO), announced an additional $2 million investment to expand its oral solid development and manufacturing capabilities in Wilmington, NC. The investment will add a Gerteis Mini-Pactor® roller compactor and low humidity suites to Alcami’s existing 140,000 square foot campus in Wilmington, NC. The expansion, which is on track to be completed in the first and second quarter of 2021, respectively, adds dry granulation capabilities and increased flexibility to support moisture-sensitive processes. We are pleased to support our customers’ clinical to small scale commercial supply needs with modern, flexible, and reliable capacity,” commented Walt…

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NFIB Files Amicus Brief Supporting Small Businesses Dominion Over Their Property and the Right to Exclude Union Organizers

January 7, 2021

NFIB filed an amicus brief in the case Cedar Point Nursery v. Hassid at the United States Supreme Court. The case questions whether a California regulation interferes with the “right to exclude,” a fundamental right of property ownership. Currently, California law allows union organizers to enter agricultural businesses during specified hours for a certain number of days each year. “This California regulation prevents owners from using their private property to its fullest extent,” said Karen Harned, Executive Director of NFIB’s Small Business Legal Center. “Owners are given no authority under current law to be able to say no to union visits and receive no compensation for…

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Cooper extends executive order on curfews as vaccine rollout plods along

January 7, 2021

By John Trump Carolina Journal News Service North Carolina won’t fully open anytime soon. The governor’s curfews and shutdowns will continue for three more weeks. Dr. Mandy Cohen piled on Wednesday, Jan. 6. The head of North Carolina’s Department of Health and Human Services enacted a “secretarial directive” warning people to stay home, especially those older than 65. “We’re in a very dangerous place,” said Cohen during a news briefing. Gov. Roy Cooper, a Democrat, also extended his latest executive order. “The numbers paint a dark and difficult picture,” he said. More than 7,000 people in the state have died because…

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U.S. Department of Labor Announces Final Rule to Clarify Independent Contractor Status, Receives Kudos from NFIB

January 7, 2021

WASHINGTON, D.C. – On Monday the U.S. Department of Labor announced a final rule clarifying the standard for employee versus independent contractor status under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). Shortly afterward, the National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB) issued the following statement on behalf of Karen Harned, Executive Director of NFIB’s Small Business Legal Center, applauding the rule: “NFIB has long advocated for a straightforward test for determining who is and is not an independent contractor and we are glad to see the Department of Labor issued a new rule today to help determine that. Small businesses succeed when they have…

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