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for NC Magazine Vol. 65 Issue 7, July 2007
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North Carolina's ports are expanding to meet growing volume demands. According to the Ports Authority records, total tonnage at the state's two ports has increased by 53.1 percent since 2003. The state is investing over $265 million in a five-year plan to expand and upgrade the port facilities at Morehead City and Wilmington. In 2006, the state spent another $30 million to purchase land in Brunswick County for a third port--the North Carolina International Port. Harris discusses the renovations at the two existing ports and plans for the new international port which will take ten to twelve years to complete.
Curt Farmer is featured in this month's NC MAGAZINE's â€œexecutive profile.â€ Farmer, a graduate of Wake Forest University, is director of Wachovia Bank's Wealth Management division for the Carolinas and Virginia. He was recently promoted to executive vice president. He manages a team of about 220 wealth management professionals in 22 offices from Charlottesville to Savannah. Besides managing this team, he devotes 30 percent to 40 percent of his time to meeting with clients or courting prospective ones.
The future of air cargo in North Carolina is promising. It is the fastest-growing segment of the United States freight industry, growing at an annual rate of around 8 percent internationally and 6 percent nationally since 1980. Since air cargo begins and ends with the trucking industry, an increase in air means an increase on the ground. The industry has been increasing at the state's three major airports--Charlotte Douglas, Piedmont Triad in Greensboro, and Raleigh-Durham. Harris discusses the growth of this industry in North Carolina.
The rail and trucking industries are projected to grow significantly over the next decade in North Carolina. Statistics from the U.S. Department of Transportation indicate that in 1998 trucks in the state hauled over 426 million tons of goods. By 2010, tonnage is projected to grow to 641 million tons, and by 2020, to over 800 million tons. Similar gains are projected for the railroad cargo industry. Harris discusses what this will mean for the state's infrastructure.
Wright describes the vacation offerings of western North Carolina. These include Ghost Town in the Sky at Maggie Valley, scenic mountain drives, mountain heritage sites, waterfalls, and the Appalachian and Bartram trails.
In this special Vance County Community Focus insert, Zulovich discusses the following: Kerr Lake, Maria Parham Medical Center, Perry Memorial Library, Vance-Granville Community College, and county economic conditions.