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Wilmington and Beaches CVB Relocates Administrative Offices and Visitor Information Center to Wilmington Chamber of Commerce Building

June 7, 2021

Wilmington, N.C. — Kim Hufham, President/CEO of the New Hanover County Tourism Development Authority [TDA], and Natalie English, President & CEO of the Wilmington Chamber of Commerce are pleased to announce that the Wilmington and Beaches Convention & Visitors Bureau [CVB] administrative offices and year-round visitor information center have relocated to the Wilmington Chamber of…

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Duke Energy announces $1 million in grant opportunities for North Carolina nonprofits dedicated to social justice, racial equity

June 3, 2021

Nonprofits serving communities of color will receive $25,000 grants for general operating funds. CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Duke Energy today announced its second annual $1 million grant opportunity through the Duke Energy Foundation for North Carolina nonprofit organizations working for social justice and racial equity.  Applications will be reviewed through a competitive grant cycle, and $25,000…

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UNCW Part of National COVID-19 Vaccination Challenge

June 3, 2021

Wilmington, N.C. – UNCW has joined colleges and universities nationwide that are participating in the White House’s College Vaccine Campus Challenge, an effort to help the United States reach at least a 70 percent COVID-19 vaccination rate. Participating colleges and universities commit to three key actions: engaging every student, faculty and staff member; organizing their college communities;…

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LAW ENFORCEMENT STUDENTS GRADUATE FROM NEW DETENTION DRIVING TACTICS COURSE AT CFCC

June 3, 2021

WILMINGTON, NC — Cape Fear Community College celebrated the graduation of eight area detention and law enforcement students from its new Detention Driving Tactics course on Friday, May 28, 2021. This 40-hour Detention Driving Tactics course is designed for detention officers and deputies to drive through various courses to enhance their skill set using cars and…

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Five CAMS Community Managers Earn Prestigious CMCA Certification

June 3, 2021

CAMS Continues to Promote Community Manager Education June 2021: Five Community Managers with Community Association Management Services (CAMS), have been named Certified Managers of Community Associations (CMCA®) by the Community Association Managers International Certification Board (CAMICB). To achieve this certification, candidates must pass the CMCA examination, a rigorous test that measures knowledge of community management best practices.…

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Senate won’t confirm Cooper’s pick to lead environmental agency

June 3, 2021

by John Trump, Carolina Journal News Service RALEIGH — North Carolina relies on a single pipeline for its natural gas, making it uniquely vulnerable to disruptions, shortages, and even more nefarious problems. “North Carolina’s future, not to mention lights, heat, and air conditioning in millions of homes, is at risk because of the state’s full reliance on…

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Duke Energy issues statement regarding confirmation of N.C. DEQ Secretary Delli-Gatti

June 3, 2021

CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Duke Energy today issued the following statement concerning the confirmation of North Carolina DEQ Secretary Delli-Gatti: “We are committed to a clean, reliable energy transition for North Carolina. While the communities we serve are seeing the benefits of this transition already, we understand there are many opportunities left to further this good…

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North Carolina’s April County and Area Employment Figures Released

June 3, 2021

Raleigh, N.C. – Unemployment rates (not seasonally adjusted) decreased in 91 of North Carolina’s counties in April, increased in seven, and remained unchanged in two. Scotland County had the highest unemployment rate at 8.5 percent while Orange County had the lowest at 3.0 percent. All fifteen of the state’s metro areas experienced rate decreases. Among the…

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Survey Says: Risk management key to resiliency in 2021 and beyond

June 3, 2021

SAS study reveals how modernizing and automating risk management frameworks delivers profound business benefits; industry “Leaders” chart the path forward, says Longitude CARY, N.C., June 2, 2021 /PRNewswire/ — COVID-19’s disruption has stretched risk management infrastructures to the brink, forcing banks to recalibrate their data, models and processes for stress testing, impact assessments, scenario analyses and more. A…

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N.C. Senate passes $1,500 bonus to get unemployed back into workforce

June 3, 2021

By David Bass, Carolina Journal News Service RALEIGH — Unemployed people who get a job would receive a one-time bonus of $1,500 under legislation spearheaded by Republicans in the N.C. General Assembly. “We’ve got to get our folks back to work,” said Lt. Gov. Mark Robinson, a Republican, at a press conference on Tuesday, June 1. “We…

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Wilmington teens eye $10,000 in competition hosted by actor Nick Cannon and star of ABC’S Shark Tank Daymond John

June 2, 2021

WILMINGTON, NC – Nick Cannon Foundation, Inc., in collaboration Career and Technical Education (CTE) programs from school districts in Los Angeles, San Diego, Miami, Washington, DC, Dallas, Charlotte, Wilmington, NC, and Columbia, SC., will hold a virtual competition open to youth nationwide.  The cash prize for the first-place student team is $10,000. The event on…

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First Bancorp to Acquire Select Bancorp, Inc.

June 2, 2021

SOUTHERN PINES, N.C. and DUNN, N.C.,- First Bancorp (Nasdaq: FBNC), the parent company of First Bank, and Select Bancorp, Inc. (“Select”) (Nasdaq: SLCT), the parent company of Select Bank and Trust Company (“Select Bank”), announced today the signing of a definitive merger agreement under which First Bancorp will acquire Select in an all-stock transaction with a total current value…

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Business Advice & Expertise

Tough Love for the Entrepreneurs Can Hack the Complacent Startup Ecosystem

March 12, 2021

The startup ecosystem is a living and growing organism that most cities are trying to add to their modern economic development strategy for job creation. The startup ecosystem is typically a very positive kumbaya environment. There are lots of smiles around town while people with rose colored glasses are selling more commercial and residential real…

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How Changes in Purchasing Decisions Could Affect Your Business

March 11, 2021

Yesterday I was a last-minute speaker for a business group, filling in for a planned speaker who was under the weather. I had to put on my thinking cap and come up with an interesting topic with little time to spare. Given that we are now at the one-year anniversary of COVID-19’s initial impacts on…

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Owned Media: Don’t Put All of Your Eggs in a Basket Controlled by Someone Else

March 5, 2021

When I first entered the public relations profession shortly after college, we typically heard about two types of media: earned media and paid media. Thanks to technology-driven changes, social media and owned media have become increasingly prevalent communication tools in recent years. Paid media refers to tools such as traditional advertising and direct mail. While…

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Opinion & Commentary

OPINION: What to Do When They’re Wrong

July 2, 2021

by John Hood RALEIGH — Here are three true statements, as best I can determine. First, Americans of all backgrounds have experienced gigantic declines in poverty over the past two generations. Second, most diversity training is worse than a waste of time. Third, police officers are no more likely to kill minorities than they are…

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OPINION: Got to Pick a Pocket?

June 29, 2021

June 28, 2021 by John Hood RALEIGH — Did Fagin’s pickpockets stimulate the economy of London? If you’ve read Charles Dickens’ Oliver Twist or seen the musical derived from it, you’ll immediately recognize the name. Fagin is the rogue who takes in orphans and runaways, trains them to pick pockets and swindle marks, and then distributes the…

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OPINION: Stop Kicking Social Security Can

June 23, 2021

By JOHN HOOD RALEIGH — Although the politicians in Washington almost never talk about the issue anymore, our entitlement programs are on a collision course with fiscal reality. Let’s zero in on Social Security. Its “trust fund,” which consists entirely of debt the federal government has issued to itself, will be exhausted in a decade…

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