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for North Carolina Vol. 64 Issue 9, Sept 2006
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The Cherokee Indians of the Southeastern states lost many of their tribal traditions during the turbulent years surrounding the Trail of Tears in 1838, when most of them were rounded up by United States Army soldiers and forced to go to new lands in Oklahoma. Some members of the tribe, the ancestors of today's Eastern Band of Cherokee, escaped and took refuge in the North Carolina mountains. Today the Eastern Band numbers over 13,000 Cherokee who live on the 56,000-acre Qualla Boundary Reservation. Wright discusses tribal elders' efforts to preserve the history and traditions of the Cherokee.
Business incentives offered by the state of North Carolina and local governments have been successful in bringing major new companies to North Carolina and in expanding current businesses. Besides the tax breaks, businesses are attracted by the state's trained workforce; strategic proximities to major highways, airports, and seaports; and lifestyle amenities. Maurer discusses the state's top ten economic development projects and the top five development projects in each of state's seven regional districts. The top economic development project is Fidelity Investments plan to create 2,000 jobs and invest $100 million to build a new facility in the Research Triangle Park.
Thomas, CEO of North Carolina Membership Corp., discusses the impact the state's twenty-seven electric cooperatives have on the North Carolina economy. These cooperatives have been in operation over sixty years. They recently commissioned an independent study to determine how much they contribute to the economy. The study reveals that electric cooperatives pump about $1.63 billion a year into the economy; employ over 2,500 people; pay $57.8 annually in state and local taxes; and pay over $93 million in wages and salaries.
New trails and guides make North Carolina's farms and galleries easy to find. The sixteen agritourism and agri-cultural trails cover seventy-four counties from the coast to the foothills. The trails were developed by the North Carolina Arts Council and North Carolina Cooperative Extension with the purpose of bringing people to venues not regularly on tourist routes. Places to visit along the trails include art galleries and studios, agritourism farms, organic farms, locally owned restaurants featuring North Carolina food, and festivals and events with a local flavor.
William S. Powell is a walking repository of all things North Carolina. Powell taught at UNC-CH over thirty years and has edited the NORTH CAROLINA GAZETTEER and the DICTIONARY OF NORTH CAROLINA BIOGRAPHY. In the 1950s, he had an idea for an encyclopedia about the state, but he did not start work on it until the 1980s. This book, the ENCYCLOPEDIA OF NORTH CAROLINA, will be published in the fall of 2006. Over 550 people contributed articles to it.
Scott Custer, CEO of RBC Centura, is featured in NORTH CAROLINA magazine executive profile. In his twenty-seven-year banking career, he has worked for only two companies--Wachovia and RBC Centura. RBC is based in Toronto, Canada, and acquired Rocky Mount-based Centura in 2001. Custer discusses his work and RBC Centura's plan to move the company's headquarters to Raleigh. The bank is the largest U.S. subsidiary of the largest Canadian bank.