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for North Carolina Vol. 53 Issue 8, Aug 1995
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William R. Kress was one of the first employees at IBM's new site in the Research Triangle Park in 1965. Now, he's the company's senior state executive, as well as site general manager and vice president of manufacturing.
The Mello Buttercup Ice Cream plant in Wilson, owned by Coastal Dairy Products, Inc., each year churns out over two million gallons of ice cream, yogurt, and other frozen products for lovers of cool confections in Virginia and the two Carolinas.
Caldwell County employs 43% of the state's furniture industry workforce. To keep the economy growing into the next century, community leaders encourage diversification into industries like freight, fiber optics, chemicals, and tourism.
Pressure from managed care companies and other competition is challenging the state's hospitals, including Pitt County Memorial Hospital, to find ways to cut costs and still provide adequate care. The state's twenty- five largest hospitals are ranked.
Although the 1995 General Assembly reduced funding for regionalism, grouping the state's one hundred counties into seven consortia, the Commerce Department still sees it as an effective way to recruit new industries.
The Governor's Industrial Competitiveness Fund provides financial incentives to encourage businesses to relocate to the state. The fund is controversial, however, and the 1995 General Assembly reduced funding by 80 percent, to $2 million.