Filed under NC Economic Development

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

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

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

Cultural Impact

Public institutions have been crippled by sometimes drastic budget cuts while struggling to remain prominent in the politic arena. Still, the arts and cultural humanities in both Carolina’s have aided in economic development. Our discussion includes Larry Wheeler, Director of North Carolina Museum of Art, who emphasizes the new developments and philanthropy in the art industry. … Continue reading

Miles of Bad Road

Or so it can feel that way if you judge our infrastructure reinvestment according to this economy and the allocation of NC tax receipts. North Carolina’s affable Secretary of Transportation, Gene Conti shares his vision and tough decisions on the direction of strategy in the ‘Good Roads State’. Ned Curran of Bissell Companies and George … Continue reading

Carolina Econometrics

It is not clear if this is a sign that we are near a bottom in the economy but, it surely seems many people have become even more pessimistic of late. Can it be due to the European drama? Or, is it our domestic political leadership folly? Either way, our annual panel of Economists are … Continue reading

Catchy Headlines and Deep Analysis

For more than a decade, we have been proud partners with the venerable monthly publication Business North Carolina magazine. So, it was without hesitation we said yes when we got a call from BNC Publisher David Kinney to participate in their Oct. 2011 cover: BNC Top 30 Cover Story.

A One-Two Punch

The region’s municipalities were dealt a one-two punch by the recession: a declining tax base and a dramatic rise in demand for many government services by citizens impacted by job loss. Most local governments have responded by trimming other programs and services which had been deemed vital in good times, but a luxury when the belt-tightening … Continue reading