Global Search for Jobs

The global economy has changed the way companies in the Carolinas do business and the tactics of economic developers who work to recruit employers to our region. While automation and cheap overseas labor have greatly impacted domestic manufacturers, NC Commerce Secretary Keith Crisco believes the state offers unlimited possibilities for foreign investors and existing businesses looking … Continue reading

Partners in Health

Regulatory uncertainty has surrounded the Affordable Care Act, commonly referred to by both political parties as “Obamacare”, from the moment Congress began drafting the legislation. While the nation’s highest court is expected to announce its ruling on the reform this summer, a partnership between Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina and UNC Health … Continue reading

The Public Conscience: Part Two

Political discourse among our elected leaders often mirrors the rhetoric of pundits on cable news channels. Meanwhile, religious leaders wonder if the important public policy issues of the day receive any thought from those who are in a position to effect change. Our discussion on the public conscience continues in the second part of our … Continue reading

The Public Conscience: Part One

Faith leaders are not always comfortable discussing topics of a political nature in a public setting. In fact, identifying clergy from all religions who were willing to participate in our televised discussion on faith and public policy was a challenge. In the first of our two-part special on the public conscience, we discuss why many religious leaders seem to be reluctant to discuss … Continue reading

Entrepreneurial Incentives

Signs of an economic recovery are evident in a recent increase in both corporate and individual tax receipts at the office of N.C. Treasurer Janet Cowell. However, the continuation of low interest rates present a challenge for managing the state’s pension fund and other investment programs. On this program, the state’s CFO discusses her role and government’s helping … Continue reading

Sustainable Manufacturing

Decades before recycling became a public policy issue for most communities in the Carolinas, Sonoco was reclaiming discarded paper as part of its manufacturing process. The company now benefits from its heritage of environmental stewardship as it works to increase awareness of recycling as an economic engine. Sonoco CEO Harris DeLoach joins John Silvia of Wells Fargo and … Continue reading

Southern Flavor

While audiences become increasingly fragmented in a rapidly changing media landscape, Charleston-based Garden and Gun has found success in publishing what its founder calls an “old-fashioned” magazine. On this program, Rebecca Darwin discusses the national publication with a focus on the south and an interest in a sustainable food supply and land conservation. Dr. Allan … Continue reading

A Blessing and a Curse

One of the first signs of an economic recovery may be in the furniture industry and the confidence of those placing new orders. However, the transport of both finished products and raw materials can be challenging with our region’s aging and strained transportation infrastructure. Our conversation includes Tom Conley, President and CEO of High Point Authority. … Continue reading

Education Investment

Lucrative incentives and tax breaks are not the only thing on the mind of prospective employers who are looking for new property in the Carolinas. Economic developers are also hearing questions from company planners about a sustainable workforce. On this program, South Carolina Chamber Chair Jim Reynolds discusses the return on investment when the business … Continue reading

Unemployment Irony

The irony behind the region’s unsettling unemployment numbers is the number of companies who are still unable to find and hire qualified workers. Matching job skills with employers’ needs is a top priority for the Carolinas’ chambers of commerce. In this episode, we talk with Tom Dayvault of High Point, Ted Hall of the Montcross Area, … Continue reading