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Local companies feel IT-talent pinch

By Debbie Griffin.  The North Carolina Technology Association recently released numbers on tech-job trends that demonstrate a challenge most businesses face today: Recruit top talent to meet growing information-technology demands, whatever they may be within a company. Joy Ugi is a marketing consultant for AMTdirect, provider of a lease-accounting software solution. “The tech-job boom has […]

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The Red Line is the Dead Line

By Dave Vieser.  For well over a decade, transportation and planning officials have been hoping that a commuter rail line to North Mecklenburg and southern Iredell would become a reality. Mixed-use developments such as Antiquity in Cornelius and Bryton Town Center in Huntersville were built with the expectation that commuter rail would eventually whisk workers […]


Despite false starts, are autonomous vehicles on the road to acceptance?

It’s 2029 and you’re sound asleep cruising at 75 mph to a mountaintop getaway in your first autonomous vehicle, a Jaguar XJ, which looks futuristic and classic all at the same time, and performs beautifully, thanks to Tata’s brilliant designers and programmers in India where most of the population practices Hinduism. Suddenly there’s a cow […]

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Continuum doubles some internet speeds

Mooresville-based Continuum is increasing internet speeds for its residential customers by up to 100 percent, while at the same time keeping monthly service rates level. The new broadband speeds help position Continuum as one of the most competitive providers in the market. The company, which serves Mooresville, Davidson and Cornelius, also introduced “Ultimate Broadband” which […]

Online work-based learning tool links classrooms with careers

Dec. 5. Gov. Roy Cooper has announced a free online tool to help connect education and careers. The new work-based learning tool, called The Navigator, links business, education, and workforce development communities online so they can post, search for and measure work-based learning opportunities. The opportunities range from guest speaking roles to apprenticeships, posted by […]

2018 CIO Online Auction

Bid on lunch with a top CIO in North Carolina

Online bidders can win lunch with top North Carolina IT executives thanks to an auction put on by the North Carolina Technology Association aka NC Tech. The two dozen technology executives, who collectively will spend a combined $3 billion in the upcoming year, include top brass at Bandwidth, BB&T,  Cardinal Innovations, IBM, Lord Corp. and Wells […]


Growing tech segment means work at home, sharing space

By Beth McLaughlin. Jobs in the tech industry grew 6​ percent in North Carolina in 2016, according to the Computing Technology Industry Association, CompTIA. “A 6 percent job growth means North Carolina added over 11,000 jobs last year,” said Steve Ostrowski, spokesman for CompTIA. “That’s the second highest percentage growth rate in the country for 2016, […]

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Email Marketing: Segmentation for Success

Many small businesses share one big mistake. They overlook segmentation as part of their email marketing strategy. Segmentation is simple, powerful, and cost-efficient. Did you know that marketing professionals have proven segmentation to be effective at increasing email open and click-through rates? I get questions all the time from small business owners on how to […]

Alevo’s GridBank released to Parker Hannifin for testing

Aug. 19 Energy storage provider Alevo announced today that its first GridBank lithium-ion battery assembly unit has been released for factory acceptance testing. The testing procedures will take place in conjunction with Parker Hannifin, the leading grid-tie PCS manufacturer, at its facility in Charlotte. GridBank assembly testing, which starts immediately, will include live simulation across […]


Tapity app design studio Tapity expands in Cornelius

By Dave Yochum. A nationally recognized app design studio has moved into 3,500 square feet of space in a historic brick building in downtown Cornelius. Tapity—a word play on ‘tap into the possibility’—has six full-time employees and between three and five part-timers working at any given time, says founder Jeremy Olson. He is the lead designer […]