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Wilmington Lawyers Devlin Horton and Nick Mendez Establish Personal Injury Practice

January 13, 2021

Wilmington, NC — Wilmington attorneys Devlin Horton and Nick Mendez have established Horton & Mendez, PLLC, a Wilmington law practice focused on personal injury and wrongful death. Having worked together for a large firm representing insurance companies, the partners bring valuable insight to their clients’ cases, with critical understanding as to how insurance companies investigate, evaluate…

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North Carolina Ports Partners with the Scoular Company to Expand Agricultural Opportunities

January 12, 2021

Wilmington, N.C. – The North Carolina State Ports Authority is excited to announce it is expanding capabilities to better support the North Carolina agriculture industry through a partnership with Scoular. North Carolina Ports on Tuesday received approval from the North Carolina Council of State for a land lease to develop an agricultural transload facility on the…

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Carolinas AGC Announces CAGC Foundation Board of Trustees

January 12, 2021

CHARLOTTE, N.C., — Carolinas AGC (CAGC) is pleased to announce that the 2020 CAGC Foundation Board of Trustees will extend its service throughout 2021. The CAGC Foundation Board is made up of the following members: Chair: Meghan McPhail-Ketterman, Contract Construction, Inc. Treasurer: Tana Lee, Richland One School District CAGC Chair: Casey Schwager, Sloan Construction Company Secretary/President & CEO: Dave Simpson, CAE, Carolinas AGC Trustee: Traci Strickland, HardHat Workforce…

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ECS Announces Chief Operating Officer Appointment

January 12, 2021

Engineering Consulting Services (ECS) is pleased to announce Leo J. Titus, Jr., PE, has been promoted to Chief Operating Officer of the ECS Group of Companies effective as of January 1, 2021. A member of the ECS team since 1997, Mr. Titus holds more than 30 years of experience in geotechnical and construction materials engineering, special…

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Andre Minor Named Dosher Chief of Staff

January 12, 2021

SOUTHPORT – Andre Minor, MD has been elected Dosher Memorial Hospital’s Chief of Medical Staff for 2021-2022.  Dr. Minor, who is an internal medicine physician with Dosher primary care practice Dosher Medical – North Howe in Southport, has practiced medicine in Southport for over 30 years.  Dr. Minor was chosen by physicians and other medical…

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Report: Airports Contribute $61 Billion, 373,000 Jobs to N.C. Economy

January 11, 2021

RALEIGH – North Carolina’s publicly owned airports contribute $61 billion to the state’s economy each year and support 373,000 jobs, according to a report released by the N.C. Department of Transportation’s Division of Aviation. Airports and aviation-related jobs also provide $15 billion in personal income and contribute $2.5 billion in state and local tax revenues…

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NFIB Statement on Nomination of Isabel Guzman as Small Business Administrator

January 11, 2021

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB), issued the following statement on behalf of NFIB’s Small Business Legal Center Executive Director Karen Harned following Isabel Guzman’s nomination to lead the Small Business Administration: “This has been a challenging year for small businesses and the government has relied upon the Small Business Administration to facilitate financial assistance…

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Small Business Job Growth Continues in December

January 10, 2021

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Small business job growth continued in December, but the gains remain uneven as certain sectors of the economy are slowing due to state-mandated business closures and consumer resistance to spend, according to NFIB’s monthly jobs report. “Small businesses continued to prove that they are the engine of the economy as we closed a chapter…

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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,…

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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…

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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…

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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,…

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Business Advice & Expertise

The “R” in RPIE

December 17, 2020

During the course of my public relations training, I’ve studied a four-step process dubbed “RPIE.” The four steps are: R = Research P = Planning I = Implementation E = Evaluation. The research phase is intended to ensure that a client or organization builds its campaign based upon valid assumptions and informed insight, not guesses…

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A Refresher in Media Relations

November 17, 2020

Technology is transforming the world of public relations and strategic communication, and many now view the press release as a relic of ages past. At the start of my public relations career over two decades ago, much of my work revolved around traditional media relations. These days, more and more of our work is digital…

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When Tensions are High, Think Before You Speak, Post, or Send

July 15, 2020

The events of 2020 have dramatically altered the communication landscape in which leaders must operate. This year has been so filled with crises that memes speculating on what could be next are a prevalent feature in my social media feeds. As leaders, we must understand that emotions run high during a crisis, with fear and…

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Opinion & Commentary

Opinion: Trashed Capitol Should Revolt Us All

January 12, 2021

By JOHN HOOD RALEIGH — It was the summer of 1987 when I first stepped inside the United States Capitol to work instead of visit. As part of a summer program, I spent a couple of months interning with syndicated columnist Don Lambro. Rather than have me run errands or fetch coffee, Don sent me…

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Opinion: Public backlash ensures distillers’ good deed goes unpunished

January 6, 2021

by John Trump Assigning infallibility to government action is a fool’s errand. It’s a common refrain in libertarian and conservative circles, and its truth is grounded in history, as well as the government’s continuing and ubiquitous intrusion and overreach. I won’t take credit for the aforementioned paraphrased statement because Scott Maitland said it this week…

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Opinion: Tax Debates Feature Many Myths

January 4, 2021

By John Hood RALEIGH — With Democrats in charge of the White House, and U.S. House, and (possibly as of this writing) the U.S. Senate, you can expect a push by left-wing activists and politicians to repeal some federal tax cuts enacted by the previously Republican Congress and signed by President Trump. Here in North…

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