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Co-working space opening in downtown Concord

March 4. The “Cabarrus Center” has opened in downtown Concord in the former Cabarrus Saving Bank. Flywheel, a business which creates co-working communities, will manage programming. Flywheel founder Peter Marsh said the Cabarrus Center is looking for aspiring entrepreneurs, existing businesses to learn, grow, and accelerate their businesses through education, networking, and mentoring. The collaborative […]

Free MBA level course for ’emerging leaders’ from SBA

March 2. The SBA is looking for 18-20 Charlotte-area business owners to apply for the next SBA Emerging Leaders class. The executive-level course training initiative is designed to give business owners a three-year, tailored strategic growth plan to help bring their business to the next level. Executives must commit to approximately 100 hours of classroom […]


DEQ extends testing of private wells near Colonial Pipeline spill

Feb. 25. The NC Dept. of Environmental Quality (DEQ) has found several deficiencies in the Comprehensive Site Assessment (CSA), submitted by Colonial Pipeline on Jan. 20. DEQ issued a Notice of Continuing Violation detailing the necessary actions to continue the clean-up in earnest. “After a recent tour of the pipeline leak site with representatives from […]


Huntersville project expected to jump-start downtown revitalization

Feb. 18. A mixed-use project with retail, high-end apartments and modern townhomes that will be built by Cornelius-based North State Development will be the largest private development/investment in downtown in a quarter century, according to Mayor John Aneralla. The 10-acre site is next to Discovery Place Kids. The full build-out value of the project is […]

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Businesses, high school students network via Zoom

Feb. 13. Lake Norman Economic Development in conjunction with the Lake Norman Education Collaborative held a virtual speed networking event for Hopewell, Hough and North Mecklenburg high schools. The event gives high school students a chance to learn about a variety of jobs and industries, according to Huntersville Mayor Pro-Tem Melinda Bales. “Being that this […]

City of Charlotte and Anheuser-Busch announce sustainability partnership

Feb. 9. The City of Charlotte on Tuesday announced a partnership with Anheuser-Busch that debuted a sustainable beverage can made with a first-of-its-kind, low-carbon technology. As a result of this partnership, Anheuser-Busch will donate to the city renewable energy credits, the equivalent electricity used to power all city-owned facilities for a week, which is equal […]

Major eco-devo announcement from Gilead

Feb. 9. Gilead Sciences, a leading biopharmaceutical company, will invest $5 million in a new business services and information technology hub in Wake County. The company will create 275 jobs in the Research Triangle region. “We are eager to welcome many of the highly talented, highly skilled people who live in the Research Triangle region […]

Davidson Housing Coalition names new executive director

Feb. 8. Gerald Wright, currently the vice president of family services for Habitat for Humanity of the Charlotte Region, has been named executive director of Davidson Housing Coalition. Wright will begin his duties in March for DHC, a non-profit providing affordable housing and other services to ensure economic diversity in the town of 13,000. “I’m […]


Regan, head of NCDEQ, has bipartisan support for EPA administrator

Feb. 5. By Lisa Sorg/NC Policy Watch. Several years ago, Michael Regan was giving his young son a bath when he remembered a conversation with Amy Brown. Brown, the mother of two young boys, lived near the Allen coal-fired power plant and had been depending on bottled water for hundreds of days because her drinking […]


K-shaped recession: Low-paid workers experience prolonged joblessness

Jan. 26. NC Budget & Tax Center. Early in the COVID-19 pandemic, economists started talking about the potential for a “K-shaped” recovery, with highly-paid workers bouncing back rapidly while many of the worst-paid workers experience long periods of unemployment. Data through the end of 2020 now show those fears to have been well-founded. One-third of […]