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Currituck County Denies Permit For Third Solar Farm PDF Print E-mail
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Tuesday, 12 April 2016 05:54

RALEIGH, (SGRToday.com) - An abandoned golf course in Grandy will not be the home to a solar farm. Last week Currituck County commissioners denied a permit to the firm seeking to build the farm.

A packed house of opponents attended the commissioners meeting, at which the project's proponent detailed plans and estimated economic impact. Commissioners didn't buy it, even though the landowner asked them to move ahead.

Solar power has become controversial in North Carolina due to the extensive tax breaks given to industry.

The full story can be found at outerbanksvoice.com

 
League of Municipalities Board of Directors Gathers in WNC PDF Print E-mail
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Monday, 11 April 2016 05:59

RALEIGH, (SGRToday.com) - The trade association that represents most of North Carolina's cities and towns at the legislature will hold a meeting of its board of directors later this week.

The board of the N.C. League of Municipalities will meet Wednesday and Thursday in Blowing Rock.

The board is led by President Lestine Hutchens, the mayor of Elkin. Zebulon Mayor Bob Matheny is First Vice President,a nd Jacksonville Mayor Pro Tem Micahele Lazzare is Second Vice President.

 
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.

 
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