Articles in regional publications that pertain to a wide range of North Carolina-related topics.
for Business North Carolina Vol. 36 Issue 4, April 2016
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The 1987 Transportation Corridor Official Map Act (Map Act) may save North Carolina money on future highways, but many landowners pay the price. Any development located in the path of major Map Act projects are restricted or frozen – many for decades. Currently, there is a lawsuit in the North Carolina Supreme Court to decide whether property of Map Act owners was unconstitutionally seized by the Department of Transportation (DOT) without compensation. In all, 24 planned roads affect property owners in 18 counties throughout the state.
Less leisure time, financial struggles of the middle class, and lukewarm interest from millennials are cited as factors for golf becoming stagnant. Pinehurst Resort & Country Club is employing innovative efforts to appeal to all demographics.
Wendell Murphy’s 20-year plan advances Duplin County beyond hog farming. The River Landing subdivision development is looking to expand its reach to Wilmington in hopes to market to second-home buyers and retirees.
North Carolina’s contribution to industries such as biotechnology and its quality of life may define it as a wonderful place to live and work. Supporting this belief were six experts, offering insights about its place in the biotech global market, the importance of industry in the state, appeals the area has to international biotech companies, the importance of workforce training to international biotech companies, and what will keep such companies in North Carolina.
North Carolina’s recent changes in tax laws countered large companies such as Uber and Lyft attempting to avoid work-related taxes by classifying workers as independent contractors. As for how employees may help in the avoidance of this issue, the author advised those who may be vulnerable to misclassification to keep track of their status. Those particularly vulnerable to misclassification are workers hired through staffing agencies.
Industries driving forward economic development and job growth for Eastern North Carolina were manufacturing, agriculture, biotechnology, and the military. Contributing to skill building for employees in such industries were higher education institutions such as Carteret Community College. Spotlighted about this college was its marine-trades program, cited as the only comprehensive one in the Mid-Atlantic region.