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Commerce Data: Unemployment Rate Down or Unchanged in 70 North Carolina Counties PDF Print E-mail
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Friday, 08 April 2016 05:31

RALEIGH, (SGRToday.com) - Seven out of 10 North Carolina counties saw their unemployment rates drop or hold steady in February, according to data released by the state Commerce Department.

Unemployment rates (not seasonally adjusted) decreased in 32 and remained unchanged in 38. Thirty counties saw increases.

The highest rate is in Hyde County, at 15.3, with the lowest in Buncombe County, at 4.4 percent.

Compared over the same month last year, rates increased in 57 counties, decreased in 26, and remained unchanged in 17.

Full data can be found at nccommerce.com.

Kannapolis Looks At Residential and Retail Project in Downtown PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 06 April 2016 05:51

RALEIGH, (SGRToday.com) - With 50 acres of purchased land in the downtown area, the Kannapolis City Council is looking at possible redevelopment that could include residential and retail offerings.

The city calls the plan the Demonstration Project, the first step in a master development plan for the acreage.

"The three building complex would include apartments, a parking deck, retail and restaurant space. The marketing and site analysis demonstrated that residential units are sought after and needed to generate a core of people who will then drive more retail and dining growth in downtown. Research clearly demonstrates people are the driving force needed to create economic development in downtown," says a story posted to kannapolisnc.gov.

If the project is approved, construction will begin next year.

The Demonstration Project overview includes three multi-story buildings consisting of retail, residential and restaurants with a "total build out value" of $37.5 million and projected annual property taxes of $236,000.

Reward Offered In Fire That Burned 250 Acres On Outer Banks PDF Print E-mail
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Tuesday, 05 April 2016 05:47

RALEIGH, (SGRToday.com) - A $1,000 reward is being offered in an effort to catch the culprits responsible for a fire on the Outer Banks that burned 250 acres.

The Nature Conservancy is offering the reward, according to the Associated Press. It owns the land in the Nags Head Woods Ecological Preserve.

The fire occured in late March. The Conservancy says investigators determined it was man-made.

More details on the story can be found at outerbanksvoice.com

Three Dozen Main Street Champions Honored By N.C. Commerce PDF Print E-mail
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Monday, 04 April 2016 06:18

RALEIGH, (SGRToday.com) - Thirty-seven people have joined the ranks of those honored by the state Commerce Department for their work helping cities and towns prosper.

"Main Street Champions recognize the possibilities in their downtowns and strive to make those possibilities a reality," said N.C. Commerce Secretary John Skvarla. "N.C. Main Street Champions represent some of our communities most valued leaders."

The 2015 Main Street Champions are:

Vince Hill and Neil Brock, Belmont Main Street

Mike Domokur, Heart of Brevard, Inc.

Curtis and Alice Jones, City of Clayton & Clayton Downtown Development Association

Marshall Thornton and Michael Thornton, Clinton Main Street Program

Concord Rotary Club Board and Members, Concord Downtown Development Corporation

Barry Carter, Eden Downtown Development, Inc.

Albemarle Bank – Edenton Advisory Board, Destination Downtown Edenton

Don Hudson and Will Shover, Town of Elkin Main Street Advisory Board

Cecil and Jason Geer, Forest City Main Street

Friends of the Museums of Fuquay-Varina Board of Directors, Fuquay-Varina Downtown

Pam Cash, Garner Revitalization Association

The Honorable Al King, City of Goldsboro and Downtown Goldsboro Development Corporation

Patty Adamic, Historic Downtown Hendersonville

Julie Stamper-Phelps, Historic Hertford, Inc.

Tony and Margaret Jackson, The Jackson Group, Inc., Hickory Downtown Development Association

John William Ellis, Pride of Kinston, Inc.

City of Lenoir Building and Maintenance Division, City of Lenoir Main Street Program

Davidson County Commissioners, Uptown Lexington, Inc.

Wayne Hoyle, Downtown Development Association of Lincolnton, Inc.

Nancy Spencer, Marion Business Association

Charlotte Eidson, City of Morganton

Gene Rees, Mount Airy Downtown Inc.

Jerry Hodge, Downtown Newton Development Association

Larry South, Downtown North Wilkesboro Partnership, Inc.

Titus Workman, Main Street Roanoke Rapids

David Joyner, Main Street Rocky Mount

Bruce Wrenn, Roxboro Development Group

Kitty McCammon, Rutherford Town Revitalization

Lynn Raker, Downtown Salisbury Inc.

David Montgomery, Downtown Sanford, Inc.

Austin McInnis and Boy Scout Troop 100, Uptown Shelby Association, Inc.

Todd Johnson, Downtown Smithfield Development Corporation

David Niven, Spruce Pine Main Street

Jeff Archer, Downtown Statesville Development Corporation

James Warren, Wake Forest Downtown, Inc

Chief Bill Hollingsed, Downtown Waynesville Association

Culbreth Spivey, Wilson Downtown Development Corporation


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