Business Leaders from the biggest corporations in the Carolinas talk candidly around immigration, regulatory reform, cyber intrusion, trade, fiscal policy and lending in this annual event hosted by the Charlotte Chamber of Commerce. Panelists are David Carroll, Sr. Ex. VP,
Panelists discuss the far-reaching impact of FDI on the region along with a look at what challenges lie ahead. Christopher Chung, NC Economic Development Partnership, J. Mark Ferris, Greenville Area Development Corporation, Andrew Tate, Henderson County Partnership for Economic Development,
Our annual look back at the policies and factors that played into the economy. Our panelists are Frank Hefner, Director, Office of Economic Analysis, College of Charleston, Doug Woodward, Director, Division of Research, University of South Carolina, John E. Connaughton,
From healthcare costs, to global trade and corporate tax reform, what will be the biggest issues impacting the economy in 2017. Our panelists: Frank Hefner, College of Charleston, Doug Woodward, University of South Carolina, John E. Connaughton, UNC Charlotte, Mike
Should NC judges be elected or appointed? An expert panel weighs in on the argument for judicial reform. Panelists include: John Wester, Attorney, Robinson, Bradshaw & Hinson, Jon Heyl, Smth Moore Leatherwood, and attorney Brandon A. Robinson
Lynn Good, Chairman, President and CEO, Duke Energy
An Executive Profile with the woman behind one of the largest public utility companies in the country. Acquisitions, shifting policy portfolios, coal ash, and a lack of a national energy policy are among the topics covered.
From efficiency, to cost and innovation our panel discusses how solar is becoming an economic driver in the region. Panelists include: Gary Lanier, Columbus County Economic Development Commission, Ivan Urlaub, North Carolina Sustainable Energy Association, Bret Sowers, South Carolina Solar
Ricky Brown talks about the changing landscape of banking as he prepares to retire after almost 40 years at BB&T. Panelists Peggy McLean, Economic Development Director, Kershaw County and Julie White, Executive Director, North Carolina Metropolitan Mayors Coalition join the
Susan Kluttz, Secretary, NC Dept. of Natural and Cultural Resources
David Heinen, VP Public Policy and Advocacy, North Carolina Center for Nonprofits and Mac Bennett, President and CEO, United way of the Midlands are the panelists. Topics include race relations, HB2, and funding.
South Carolina Attorney General Alan Wilson talks with panelists Dr. Ronnie Booth, President, Tri-County Technical College and Scott Dorney, Executive Director, North Carolina Military Business Center. Topics include: Federal Overreach, The MOX Project and Accountability.
Rick Reames, III, South Carolina Director of Revenue
Tax code reform, cybersecurity, the Penny Tax, accountability and ethics are all discussed in this edition of Carolina Business Review. Panelists: Deborah Cameron, South Carolina Council on Competitiveness and Dr. Richard Buttimer, Belk College of Business, UNC Charlotte
Innovation, reshoring, interest rates, and Dodd Frank are just a few topics covered in this edition of Carolina Business Review with panelists Doug Woodward, Professor of Economics, University of South Carolina and Bryan Toney, Co-Chair InnovateGSO
Michael Riordan, President and CEO, Greenville Health System
From the cost of healthcare to mergers and acquisitions and the Affordable Care Act, we look at the changing landscape of the industry. Panelists include Cindy Curtis, Director, Area Agency on Aging, Central Midlands Council on Governments and Tim Boyum,
Walter Dalton, President, Isothermal Community College
Panelists Carlos Phillips, President, Greenville Chamber and Ollie Chandok, Market President and Publisher, Triad Business Journal join the discussion on regionalism, workforce development, and education.
Otis Rawl, President and CEO of the Greater Lexington Chamber and Visitors Center and John Hood, President, John William Pope Foundation discuss some of the biggest issues that are still at play even in this slower season.
A look at the societal and political dialogue impacting our economy. Our panel also offers a Carolina perspective to global concerns. Panelists include: Rick Kaglic, The Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond, Joseph C. Von Nessen, University of South Carolina, Mike
This is edition of Carolina Business Review takes a deeper look at the stories making news.. From Brexit to the economy and more. Panelists Matt Martin, Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond and Former NC Budget Director Lee Roberts, SharpVue Capital
Brent Cagle, Aviation Director, Charlotte Douglas International Airport
We sit down for a one on one conversation with the man behind one of the fifth busiest airport in the country and the biggest American hub. We tackle everything from security to expansion to the future.
Wit Tuttell, Executive Director of Visit North Carolina and Duane Parrish, Director of the South Carolina Department of Parks, Recreation and Tourism are the guests. From HB2, to transportation, to technology to millennials learn what factors are playing into a
The state of private equity from recession concerns to growth industries and challenges in the economy. Panelists include Pat Duncan, Managing Partner, Azalea Capital, Brent Burgess, Managing Director, Triangle Capital Corporation, and Richard Maclean, Managing Partner, Frontier Capital.
Panelists look at how reputation and brand impact economic development. Joining the discussion are Joe Stewart, NC FreeEnterprise Foundation, J. Mark Farris, Greenville Area Development Corporation, and Mark Cramer, Greater Gaston Development Corporation.
Pat Riley, President and CEO, Allen Tate Companies
Panelists: Carl Blackstone, President and CEO, Columbia Chamber of Commerce and Bob Morgan, President and CEO, Charlotte Chamber of Commerce. Topics include commercial and residential development, apartment boom, transportation, education
A look at the regional implications of politics in this controversial election year. Panelists include: Dr. Susan Roberts, Davidson, Adolphus Belk Jr., Winthrop University, Dr. Mark Kelso, Queens College of Charlotte, Scott Baier, Clemson University
Henry Depew, RJ Rockers, Ed Shelton, Shelton Vineyards, Trey Boggs, Palmetto Distillery, and Deanna Bradish, Red Clay Ciderworks discuss the economic impact beer, wine and spirits are having on the Carolina economy
Panelists include Peter Gwaltney, President and CEO, North Carolina Bankers Association, JoAnn Turnquist, President and CEO, Central Carolina Community Foundation. Featured topics include expansion, tradition, food safety/quality, philanthropy and core strategy
Lindsay Bierman, Chancellor, UNC School of the Arts; Jim Mountjoy, Director of EYE Creative Lab, Boone Oakley; and Henry Clay, Publisher, Columbia Metropolitan Magazine discuss the publishing industry. Topics include brand loyalty, digital vs. traditional, engagment
What will the new year hold for interest rates, healthcare and transportation? How will politics impact our economy in 2016? Our panel of experts includes Frank Hefner, College of Charleston, Doug Woodward, University of South Carolina, John Connaughton, UNC Charlotte,
Panelists: Kirsten Sikkelee, CEO, YWCA Central Carolinas, Douglas Ottati, Craig Family Distinguished Professor of Reformed Theology and Justice, Davidson College, Rebecca Woodman, Director of Care and Counseling , Forest Hill Church and John Cleghorn, Senior Minister, Caldwell Presbyterian Church.
Panelists: Tim Belk, Chairman and CEO, Belk; David Carroll, Senior Executive Vice President, Wells Fargo; Susan DeVore, President and CEO, Premier; Lynn Good, President and CEO, Duke Energy; Jeffrey Lacker, President, Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond; Brian Moynihan, CEO, Bank
What was the biggest surprise of the year? Our panel of experts includes Frank Hefner, College of Charleston, Doug Woodward, University of South Carolina, John Connaughton, UNC Charlotte, and Harry Davis, Appalachian State University.
National security, direct foreign investment and the skills gap are just a few of the topics we cover with panelists John Silvia, Chief Economist, Wells Fargo and Christopher Chung, CEO, Economic Development Partnership of North Carolina.
Panelists: Grady Johnson, President and Group Publisher, SC Biz News and Jeff Michael, Director, UNC Charlotte Urban Institute. Topics include election fallout, disruptive technologies, distracted drivers and transportation funding.
David Carroll, Sr. VP Wealth/Brokerage/Retirement, Wells Fargo
From the fall out of Frank-Dodd regulations to consolidations and interest rates we look at the state of banking today. Panelists include Lew Ebert, NC Chamber and Fred Green III, SC Bankers Association.
On this episode, energy solutions for a global economy. Panelists Ted Pitts, President, SC Chamber of Commerce and Phil Kirk, Brady Energy Services join the dialogue. Topics include the future of nuclear energy, solar energy, the cost of mandates.
Defining the global currency of the Carolinas: Panelists Tracie Frese, Executive Director, The International Center of the Upstate and LJ Stambuk, President and CEO of the World Affairs Council of Charlotte. Hear what Mikee Johnson calls the biggest concern in
Expectations in Education: Melanie Barton, Executive Director, The South Carolina Education Oversight Committee and Dan Kimberg, Executive Director, Student U, join as panelists. Topics include: diversity in education, closing the achievement gap, and the value of a liberal arts education.
John C. Fennebresque, Chairman, UNC Board of Governors
The departure of UNC President Thomas W. Ross came under intense scrutiny as the eyes of a nation looked at the state of higher education in North Carolina. At the center of the debate the UNC Board of Governors. John
Carl Blackstone with the Columbia Chamber of Commerce and Matt Martin with the Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond (Charlotte Branch) join the dialogue. Topics include instability in foreign markets, sequestration of the military, and the urban-rural divide.
Tim Giuliani, Raleigh Chamber of Commerce and Torrey Rush, Richland County Council Chairman join the discussion. Topics include the power of collaboration, transportation reform, and speculative development.
Thomas W. Ross, President, University of North Carolina
The outgoing UNC President talks candidly with panelists Bernadette Hampton, President of The South Carolina Education Association and Walter McDowell, Chairman of BEST NC. Topics include creating a new workforce for the future, teacher recruitment and retention, and the vision
Wit Tuttell, Visit NC , and Duane Parrish, SC Department of Parks, Recreation and Tourism talk about a record breaking summer for tourism in the Carolinas. Topics also include: disruptive technology, global marketing and trends
Global Economic Development, Commercial Real Estate, and Foreign Investment are just some of the topics. Panelists Ben Haskew, President, Greenville Chamber of Commerce and John Paul Galles, Publisher, Greater Charlotte Biz join the conversation.
Our expert panel takes a look at the growing Aerospace industry in the Carolinas. Deborah Cameron, South Carolina Council on Competitiveness; Scott Dorney, North Carolina Military Business Center; Lester Eisner, University of South Carolina; Penny Whiteheart, NC Aerospace join the
4 experts look at this growing trend that some call the next Venture Capital. Panelists: Charlie Elberson with the Reemprise Fund, Susan Daniel with Social Venture Partners, SC Community Capital Alliance’s Tammie Hoy and Deborah McKetty of CommunityWorks Carolina.
Learn the key to the Palmetto State’s economic development success. Panelists: Roger Schrum, Investor Relations and Corporate Affairs, Sonoco, and Bob Morgan, President and CEO, Charlotte Chamber of Commerce
Special Guest John Skvarla joins panelists Jonathan Kappler, Director of State Government Relations for the UNC System and Bill Mahoney, CEO, SCRA to discuss trends, opportunities and threats to the regions economic development.
Our expert panel looks at issues including energy, interest rates, and global concerns. Panelists: Rick Kaglic, Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond; Frank Hefner, College of Charleston; Jay Bryson, Wells Fargo Securities; Joseph Von Nessen, University of South Carolina
Brad Wilson, CEO, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of NC
Panelists Clyde Higgs, EVP of Operations at NC Research Campus and Ted Pitts, President, South Carolina Chamber of Commerce discuss healthcare’s tipping point. Topics include rural healthcare, workforce wellness and the Affordable Care Act
Terry Keating, Accord Financial and Bryan Toney, Associate Vice Chancellor for Economic Development and Corporate Engagement at UNCG join the dialogue as panelists. Topics include fallout from the ACA, Transportation, Economic Development.
NC Representative and Speaker of the House Tim Moore
Panelists Jonathan Kappler, Director of State Government Relations for the UNC System and Karen M. Kedrowski, Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences Winthrop University talk about bipartisanship, reform and economic development.
Reforming care, medicaid expansion, shifting strategies, those are just some of the topics covered with panelists Dr. Linda Millsaps, Executive Director, NC Center for Public Policy Research and Economist Frank Hefner, College of Charleston.
Chris MacDonald, Government Affairs Director for the Raleigh Regional Association of REALTORS is one of the panelists on this week’s Carolina Business Review. He joins Rich Fletcher of the South Carolina I-77 Alliance. Hear why special guest, John Williams, CEO, Domtar says
Eric Steigerwalt, EVP, MetLife, US Retail talks about the company’s move to Charlotte. Panelists Roger Schrum, VP Sonocco and Andy Ellen, President of the NCRMA join the discussion. Other topics include cyber security, workforce skills gap, and the impact of mergers
Novant Health CEO Carl Armato talks with panelists Jeff Michael of the UNC Charlotte Urban Institute, and Retired Chairman and President of Michelin North America Dick Wilkerson about the changing health care landscape. From medicaid expansion, to care models and
A look at the trends and threats in philanthropy with expert panelists Jay Everette, Wells Fargo Social Responsibility Group, Madeleine McGee, President of SCANPO, Karen McNeil-Miller, President of Kate B. Reynolds Charitable Trust, and Gene Cochrane, President of the Duke
A panel of top economists look back at the stories that had the biggest impact on the Carolina economy. Panelists include Frank Hefner, College of Charleston; Doug Woodward, University of South Carolina; John Connaughton, UNC Charlotte; Harry Davis, Appalachian State University.
Commercial real estate experts discuss the growth boom in the Carolinas. From office space to multi-family units, the panel explores what’s fueling the demand. Panelists include Jon Bell, Bell Partners; Ned Curran, The Bissell Companies; Paige Kennedy, Carolina Commercial Real
Appalachian State University Chancellor Sheri Everts
The Chancellor shares her vision for the future. Jim Rex, Chair of the American Party of South Carolina and Ivan Urlaub, the Executive Director of the North Carolina Sustainable Energy Association join the discussion as panelists.
Hear what Thomas Built CEO Kelley Platt hopes she never has to tell employees again. Panelists Lonnie Emard, President of IT-oLogy and Lew Ebert of the North Carolina Chamber of Commerce join the discussion that includes technology used to make
This Carolina Business Review/WTVI PBS Charlotte Education Special looks at a critical crossroads in the Charlotte Mecklenburg School system. Our panel which includes a current and former school board member, teacher, and education advocates explores the fallout of the resignation of Superintendent
SC Ports Authority CEO Jim Newsome talks about the proposed deepening of Charleston Harbor and shares his vision for how all Carolina Ports could work together for the betterment of both North and South Carolina. Panelists include outgoing NC Bankers
In this discussion, Moderator Chris William talks with 4 brewery owners about the booming industry. From North Carolina’s first brewery Weeping Radish Farm and Butchery, to Nantahala Brewery, Coast Brewing and Birdsong Brewery hear how these local businesses are doing
Panelists discuss the upcoming midterm elections including controversies in the Thom Tillis-Kay Hagan race, predictions for Senator Lindsay Graham, and why republicans may shift farther right after the election. Panelists are Dr. Michael Bitzer, Provost and Professor of Political Science
Cheryl Stanton, SC Department: Employment and Workforce
Are SC Technical colleges the new Ivy Leagues? They are according to Executive Director Cheryl Stanton. Panelists Rick Kaglic, Senior Regional Economist, Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond and Allen Smith, Spartanburg area Chamber of Commerce join the conversation.
The President and CEO of the newly formed Yadkin Bank talks with Panelists Doug Copeland, Publisher of the Triad Business Journal and Nelson Lindsay, the head of Richland County’s Economic Development Office about mergers, millenials, and technology in community banking.
Long before the Affordable Care Act became the nation’s law and mandated changes in health care, Mission Health began transforming the way it serves patients and educates health care consumers. On this program, Mission Health CEO Dr. Ron Paulus explains
Construction cranes have returned to the skylines of several cities in the Carolinas following the Great Recession and the real estate collapse. We gathered four of our region’s preeminent real estate practitioners to share their insight on how developers are
The Asheville region has seen a post-recession boom, and this summer led the state in low unemployment. Jack Cecil, a prominent business and civic leader in western North Carolina and President of Biltmore Farms, attributes this largely to the growth
As President of the South Carolina Technical College System, Dr. Jimmie Williamson is working to change the perception of two-year colleges, especially among parents. Companies in the state’s bustling manufacturing and information technology sectors are ready to pay good salaries
In the age of political vitriol on display in cable news programs and on the floor of debate within law-making bodies, it’s no small wonder that cities continue to find capable, well-qualified and well-meaning leaders who volunteer for civic service.
Tasked with overhauling North Carolina’s unemployment insurance system, Assistant Secretary Dale Folwell of the Division of Employment Security at the North Carolina Department of Commerce believes the state’s decision to become the first in the nation to end extended benefits for
As an economic engine for our region since its founding in 1959, Research Triangle Park has attracted scores of research firms and scientists while also serving as a hub for collaboration between universities. But as the mobility and preferences of employees and
As the leader of the state’s largest public university, NC State University Chancellor Dr. Randy Woodson promotes collaboration between researchers and institutions, while also looking to encourage a more diverse population to pursue careers in science, technology, engineering and math. On this program, Woodson
South Carolina’s Education Lottery has bolstered the state’s funding for scholarships and other initiatives by more than $3 billion over the past 12 years. For the past five years, Paula Harper Bethea has been at the helm of the agency which runs
With the summer tourism season now in full swing in the Carolinas, leaders in the industry are expecting a banner year in the number of visitors to our region. On this program Duane Parrish, Director of South Carolina’s Department of
Traffic congestion in Carolina cities often spurs debate on the best solutions move people across our region. While buses are arguably one of the most efficient methods, the growth of this type of public transportation may be held back by
At nearly the half-way mark for 2014, we gather four of our region’s economists for an in-depth conversation on the Carolinas’ job recovery and the continuing impact of the Affordable Care Act. Dr. Scott Baier of Clemson University, Dr. Harry
The low price of electricity in our region is often cited as a key driver of economic development, especially in the resurgence of manufacturing in our region. As Duke Energy’s state president for North Carolina, Paul Newton is working with regulators on
North Carolina’s public schools are at a crossroad. The implementation of Common Core standards has led to changes in the classroom and heightened the conversation around how students are taught and tested. A shift in political power at the state legislature
While North Carolina is a key battleground state in control over the U.S. Senate, as indicated by the onslaught of television ads purchased largely by interest groups from other states, the cadence of political advertising and rhetoric is notably different in South
The low cost of energy in the Carolinas has been cited as a primary driver in economic development, most notably the onshoring of manufacturing in the region. At the same time, many business leaders have expressed concern about what they believe is a lack of
Several cities in North and South Carolina have transformed their downtowns in recent years, remaking the way we live, work and play in our urban cores. For other cities, the makeover is only just beginning. On this program, Matthew Coppedge of
Now in her second term in office, Raleigh Mayor Nancy McFarlane remains focused on a regional strategy for better connectivity in the Triangle, by adding more public transportation options and keeping a watchful eye on growth. On this program, Mayor McFarlane
From the research labs at our universities to the studios of small, private start-up companies, the Carolinas have successfully created clusters of innovation. Now, policy makers are seeking ways to help commercialize the work of researchers while ensuring a steady pipeline of talent
The Carolinas continue to reap the benefits of the re-shoring of manufacturing and the rapid expansion of the aviation and automotive sectors in the region. With this growth comes the challenge of supplying well-trained workers who are up to the
University of South Carolina President Dr. Harris Pastides took the job at the height of the Great Recession. He maneuvered through both the economic woes and significant cuts in public funding for higher education while bolstering academics and strengthening the university’s ties to alumni.
The newly-formed Economic Development Partnership of North Carolina is designed to cut bureaucracy for companies in the state while adding speed and flexibility to the job of luring new business to the region, according to John Lassiter, chairman of the group’s Board
While the Affordable Care Act now requires mental health coverage as an “essential benefit” under health insurance policies, there are still challenges in providing care for patients. Demand for mental health practitioners far exceeds supply in many communities in our region. The
Nearly constant change in the public policies which determine how the Carolinas treat the mentally ill has created a complex system of care for both health practitioners and patients. Access to healthcare coverage, a shortage of qualified behavioral health professionals
Growing the Knowledge Economy in the Carolinas will require a well-qualified workforce and better alignment of priorities among industry leaders and educators. C-suite executives from both North and South Carolina have built coalitions to help change education policy in both
Carolina business leaders have a vested interest in the success of students in public schools, especially as the need for more qualified workers becomes more acute. Coalitions of current and former C-suite executives have now formed in both North and
Amid the recent policy debate over the nation’s minimum wage, Agapé Senior Founder and CEO Scott Middleton believes he has found the key to retaining employees while improving compensation for his health care professionals. On this program, Middleton discusses his company’s apprenticeship
Public opinion polls have become a dominant force behind the creation of public policy, the management of political campaigns, and often make headlines in the media. But the methodology behind those polls continues to evolve as gathering data from a meaningful sample becomes more
The national conversation surrounding health care has been amplified by the implementation of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. Even as the law goes into effect, health care providers and insurers are filtering facts from partisan rhetoric while deciphering the
As policy makers seek more accountability from agencies receiving public funding, some social service providers are introducing a new finance model which could lead to meaningful changes in the measuring and rewarding success in health and education. Pay-for-success financing is
By helping first-time mothers through their pregnancy, and then providing guidance for raising the child through their first two years of life, a program called Nurse-Family Partnership has proven that an engaged mentor can have a significant impact on the
The Carolinas’ economy seems to be shifting gears, from a post-recession recovery to a period of expansion. On this program, our panel of economists highlight the bright spots of growth and predict the potential economic impacts in 2014 of major policy,
Significant improvements in the Carolinas’ economic health were noted in most cities in 2013. Still, not all communities in our region are feeling the impact of the recovery. In general, unemployment remains higher in many rural communities than in urban
While much has been written about the contentious policies adopted this year under the Republican-led legislature in North Carolina, Lt. Governor Dan Forest points to meaningful bills which passed with little fanfare and bipartisan support. On this program, the Lt. Governor discusses
A skilled workforce and low energy costs continue to fuel the resurgence of manufacturing in the Carolinas. Still, Sonoco President & CEO Jack Sanders believes South Carolina’s underfunded transportation infrastructure and industrial tax policy need to be addressed to sustain the region’s
A merger earlier this year by South Carolina Bank and Trust and Charleston-based First Federal created the fourth-largest bank by assets in South Carolina. Still, First Financial Holdings, Inc. CEO Robert Hill believes the company is still a community bank, giving
The creation of a statewide strategy for workforce development is among the priorities for Cheryl Stanton, who earlier this year was named the new Executive Director of South Carolina’s Department of Employment and Workforce. With a resurgence in manufacturing and the
North Carolina’s public schools are on the cusp of a significant transformation, according to Bill Cobey, Chairman of the N.C. State Board of Education. However, teacher compensation has fallen to nearly 10,000 per year below the national average and morale
As one of the longest-serving mayors in the country, Charleston’s Joe Riley directed the economic transformation of the Lowcountry into both a stronger tourist destination as well as a manufacturing and innovation hub. On this program, Mayor Riley discusses his strategy for economic
Health Insurance Exchanges and The Affordable Care Act
Beyond the website and technology issues which have impacted the launch of the federally-managed health insurance exchanges, the implementation of the Affordable Care Act continues to have a far-reaching impact on the Carolinas. On this program, we analyze the policies
Political leaders often get the credit, but municipal administrators are usually responsible for significant achievements in city government. City CEO’s must maneuver through complicated relationships with state and federal lawmakers and bureaucrats while providing financial stewardship for tax dollars. On this program, four
Charleston’s ports are a key component of the region’s resurgence in manufacturing. Now, efforts to deepen the shipping channel and support larger container ships could spur even more exports of South Carolina-made products. On this program, South Carolina Ports Authority President and
Even as the Carolinas cope with a higher unemployment rate than the national average, many of the region’s largest employers say they cannot find enough qualified workers to fill open positions. Technical and community colleges are working with industry to solve
In an era of hyper-partisanship and continuous political spin, reporters often spend most of their time sifting through rhetoric to identify the facts behind policy issues. At the same time, many newsrooms are operating with fewer people to produce thoughtful and
In the post-recession economy, those who work to create jobs in our region have become more creative. Innovation and entrepreneurism are the focus as new education hubs and incubators are developed to connect educators with business leaders. On this program, four chamber
Small business owners and entrepreneurs are among those still confused and uncertain about the implementation of the health insurance mandate under the Affordable Care Act. In the second of our two-part conversation with entrepreneurs from across the Carolinas, we discuss the work of
Finding your true passion is much easier than figuring out how to turn your interest into a viable business. In the first of our two-part discussion with six Carolina entrepreneurs, we hear the importance of developing a culture of innovation and celebrating
As the head of the nation’s second largest credit union by deposits, State Employees’ Credit Union President and CEO Jim Blaine believes a simple strategy has been the key to growth. More customers have likely given credit unions a closer look in
As Clemson University President James Barker steps down from his post after 14 years at the helm, momentum for substantial changes in public education appears to be building among both political leaders and the business community. On this program, Barker explains
A post-recession resurgence in Carolina manufacturing can be traced, at least in part, to new trade policies and continual investments in the region’s transportation infrastructure. On this program, we discuss the end of some offshore manufacturing in favor of domestic production,
Public friction between state legislators and municipal leaders made news headlines in several Carolina cities this summer. Differing governance philosophies seem to have added to the polarization and partisanship, which often stymies meaningful policy discussions. Still, our panel of mayors
Technology now allows for easier collaboration among researchers across multiple continents, quickly bringing globalization to North Carolina’s Research Triangle Park. For RTI International, global diversity of business relationships is crucial as the non-profit becomes less reliant upon lucrative contracts with the U.S. government, a
Unemployment statistics in the Carolinas indicate the region’s economic recovery is still in progress, even while many companies expand their employee ranks. The challenge of finding qualified workers for available jobs is a challenge that has been repeatedly mentioned by employers. On
Long recognized for its role of educating prospective teachers, Appalachian State University has built a much broader curriculum outside of its College of Education while attracting a very loyal base of alumni. On this program, Appalachian State University Chancellor Ken Peacock discusses his
As North Carolina lawmakers finalize significant changes to the state’s tax code, North Carolina State Treasurer Janet Cowell is preparing to balance the books and account for the anticipated decline in revenue after tax cuts. Cowell’s counterpart in South Carolina, State
Whether it is clearing congestion or connecting rural communities to urban centers, efforts to improve the roads and highways in the Carolinas seem to be gaining some traction. North Carolina’s state transportation chief has proposed a new formula for allocating road
The questions of good policy versus politics-as-usual continue to be a dominant topic in Columbia and Raleigh. The topics of tax reform, voter identification laws and immigration seem to have taken the spotlight, while clear political divisions appear between the
Public funding for the arts is often a political target, particularly during times of austerity. Frequently missing from the political debate are the quality of life, tourism and business recruitment and retention effects of a rich arts and cultural community. Our panel
Significant advancements in health care are under development in research labs across the Carolinas, but the work of those scientists does not always appear in the marketplace. Access to capital for research and development is not the only challenge facing
Engineering and finance are among the more robust sectors of the economy as the Carolinas continue to recover from the Great Recession, according to our trio of economists. The news is not as positive in manufacturing, as jobs continue to be
The business of transportation, particularly in the automotive and aviation industries, is of great importance in the Carolinas. However, much of the region’s transportation infrastructure is in need of expansion or repair. North Carolina Transportation Secretary Tony Tata has suggested revamping the way in
North Carolina Secretary of Commerce Sharon Decker is spending her first few months on the job navigating complex political channels and bureaucracy in Raleigh. At the same time, she is proposing a realignment of both the state agency and regional economic development groups to allow for quicker decisions
Furman University President Rod Smolla believes liberal arts institutions remain a crucial educational link, even as South Carolina leaders focus on growing the state’s large manufacturing base. Smolla, who announced this month he will leave Furman this summer, also lobbies for stronger science and math curricula
With an estimated price tag of $29 billion to repair and maintain South Carolina’s roads over the next 20 years, South Carolina Department of Transportation Secretary Robert St. Onge is looking to the state’s lawmakers for a plan to pay for
Red Ventures CEO and Co-founder Ric Elias aspires to create a corporate campus to rival those of Google and Facebook, a tool to recruit and retain smart talent. On this program, Elias expresses concern about the region’s skills gap and the
As one of the nation’s largest endowments, The Duke Endowment strives to make a measurable impact on the lives of Carolinians, perhaps most notably in guiding families out of poverty. By connecting individuals with federal assistance and supporting young mothers through pregnancy and
With the Carolinas’ economic recovery now well underway, much of the region’s education policy focus has turned to workforce development. High Point University President Nido Qubein is keenly aware of the rush to retrain the unemployed and underemployed, but he cautions
The role of philanthropic organizations continues to shift as governmental budgets shrink, leaving fewer public dollars for social service causes. Foundation For The Carolinas CEO Michael Marsicano engages the business community to fill the service gaps and replicate successful inititaves
Much of the recent focus around the implementation of the Affordable Care Act has been on the decision by individual states on whether to accept federal money to expand Medicaid. And while the debate over payment for health care continues, providers
As households become increasingly efficient in their use of energy, the entities which power our homes and businesses are manuevering through rapid fire changes in the industry. The development of renewable energy resources and new technologies present both challenges and
Recent job announcements in the Carolinas seem to indicate the region is well on its way to economic recovery. The efforts leading to the added employment have been years in the making, with policy makers aggressively recruiting companies and protecting
Charlotte Douglas International Airport is at the center of a power struggle, with two factions of leadership debating the best management structure for one the region’s largest economic engines. While Jerry Orr, Aviation Director at Charlotte Douglas International Airport, is
While the impact of Sequestration and the ongoing budget talks in Congress remain to be seen, universities are bracing for fewer public dollars in the form of scholarships and grants. In spite of the projected funding challenges, Johnson C. Smith
On the front lines of region’s the economic recovery, community colleges have worked to quickly adapt to a surge in enrollment as adults leaving the workforce went back to school. At the same time, curricula has been revamped to meet
North Carolina Freshman Congressman Robert Pittenger heads to Washington at a time of heightened partisan acrimony and a budgetary stalemate. As the Carolinas brace for the fallout from Sequestration, the Republican from North Carolina’s 9th Congressional District discusses the sequester’s impact on military families, his
While digital connectivity has become a way of life for most Americans, there are entire communities which continue to live off the grid, either by choice or by inability to pay for internet service. In an era where economic vitality
Few other organizations have weathered the barrage of challenges which have confronted most nonprofits in the Carolinas over the last few years. On the heels of the Great Recession, foundations froze grant-making, corporations slashed charitable giving and individuals held their
An overhaul of North Carolina’s tax system seems to have risen to the top of the agenda for the state’s GOP-led General Assembly in 2013. Supporters of the creation of a consumption-based tax system, along with the abolishment of state
High school guidance counselors could hold the key to closing the region’s skills gap, according to educators and industry executives. All too often, hiring managers are not able to find applicants with the unique skills needed for employers. The problem
The backbone of our nation’s consumer-driven economy is the Interstate system, the roads on which the vast majority of freight travels from ports to retailers. Old Dominion Freight Line CEO David Congdon cautions policy makers against underfunding infrastructure improvements and advocates for
Our traditional sources of news are in a state of transformation. In some cities, newspapers have been shuttered. Other newsrooms, both print and television, have shrunk dramatically, leaving fewer reporters and editors to provide in-depth coverage of a community. Still,
With a decision on the Fiscal Cliff, the next congressional debate seems to be the nation’s debt ceiling and decisions on government spending. The effects of spending cuts will have far-reaching implications for the region’s economy. On this program, four economists explain
The resurgence of manufacturing may be the most noteworthy economic event for the Carolinas in 2012. Still, the hiring by factories was not enough to significantly impact unemployment in the region, and many businesses continue to struggle in their efforts
Expanding product selection to attract more affluent customers, while also keeping its traditional value-focused shoppers, seems to have worked for Family Dollar Stores. CEO Howard Levine discusses the rapid growth of the company, changes to its strategy on imports and
At the helm of their family-owned company, Tim and Johnny Belk have overseen the overhaul of Belk’s branding, the investment in remodeling the bricks and mortar operations and most recently the increased emphasis on technology. On this program the CEO and COO discuss the
In a state where the unemployment rate remains above 8%, many companies report they are unable to find employees for open positions. South Carolina Technical College System President Dr. Darrel Staat believes applicants are likely underqualified for the work, or
Despite polls showing a nation frustrated with Congress, more than 90% of Senate and House incumbents were reelected in November. So what does this say about the electorate and the state of politics? On this program, we’re asking our political science experts that
South Carolina’s chief consumer watchdog works to strike a balance between protecting consumers while remaining mindful about the regulatory burden on businesses. At the same time, Carri Lybarker is managing the South Carolina Department of Consumer Affairs with less than half the
South Carolina’s education chief firmly believes there is not a lack of money in public schools. Instead, Dr. Mick Zais argues the absence of teacher accountability and proper incentives are the primary factors behind the state’s high school dropout rate
North Carolina’s education chief points to gains in the state’s graduation rate, now above 80%, as a sign of achievement in public schools. The increase in the number of students earning a high school diploma comes as the schools encounter more
Faced with a nationwide decline in the number of students enrolling in college, Presbyterian College President Dr. Claude Lilly believes institutions of higher learning must work together to keep young people engaged in education while matching the needs of the region’s
Entreprenuers and engineers are created in the third grade. That’s what Abe Reichental believes and it’s why his company, Rock Hill, SC-based 3D Systems, is giving away its innovative 3-dimensional printers and software to schools. On this program, CEO Reichental urges educators and
North Carolina’s Attorney General has his sights set on the state’s hospitals and the bills they’re sending to insurers and patients. Roy Cooper is examining the methods used to determine prices for hospital services and researching whether the consolidation of
One is often reminded of our society’s dependence on energy each time a cell phone battery is low or a car’s gas gauge nears empty. While utilities and oil companies are pouring profits into research and development, some policy makers insist
With the November vote looming, economic developers remain cautiously optimistic about the region’s economic recovery amid the uncertainty of the elections. Many companies are growing and unemployment rates are falling. Still, it is clear the job of matching the Carolinas workforce
The price of a four-year college diploma continues to rise as educators ponder the sustainability of a university’s cost structure. Still others question the value of a four-year program when graduates of technical colleges often have higher starting salaries and better job
The public scrutiny of the closed-door discussions surrounding Duke Energy’s merger with Progress Energy, as well as the merged company’s CEO, brings to the forefront the topic of corporate governance. On this program, Peter C. Browning of Peter Browning Partners, Queens
Turbulence in the corporate world led to concerns about a diminished workforce, so much so that some municipalities began planning for a worst-case scenario in which the region’s largest employes no longer existed. Three city managers discuss their roles in navigating the Great
A ruling by our nation’s high court on the Affordable Care Act seems to have only led to more questions surrounding healthcare and coverage for the uninsured. As physicians, hospital administrators and insurers continue to dissect the Supreme Court’s ACA decision, we called on
Private equity’s role in the nation’s economy is part of the country’s current political dialogue, thanks to Mitt Romney’s former role at Bain Capital. The rhetoric does not always paint investors in a positive light. We invited four thoughtful leaders in private
Breakthroughs in healthcare often come in tiny packages. In the field of nanotechnology, Liquidia Technologies has attracted the interest of and financial support from Bill Gates, while developing what the company hopes are significant innovations in pharmaceuticals and other healthcare products. Liquidia CEO Neal Fowler joins David
By his own admission, South Carolina’s chief financial officer is ruffling the feathers of bureaucrats and politicians as he questions the state’s relationship with Wall Street while calling for more transparency in public pensions. On this program, State Treasurer Curtis Loftis explains his
Much like businesses in the private sector, local governments trimmed payrolls and slashed spending to survive a sharp decline in revenue in recent years. Still, some municipalities have continued making investments in infrastructure while planning for brighter financial times. Four
Bankers may feel they have bull’s-eyes on their backs. The nation’s biggest banks have faced both increased regulatory scrutiny and public scorn of their businesses following the housing crisis and recession. On this program, South Carolina Bank & Trust President John Windley offers his thoughts
Are there too many colleges in the Carolinas offering too many of the same programs? Wingate University President Dr. Jerry McGee believes there are, and he suggests consolidating institutions to strengthen the region’s colleges. McGee holds the distinction of the being the longest-serving college president in
As the summer travel season begins, the business of tourism is booming in communities across the Carolinas. Hotels and resorts are reporting longer stays by guests and more spending by business travellers than in recent years. On this episode, four
Healthcare providers have been anxiously awaiting the Supreme Court’s decision on the Affordable Care Act while preparing for the implementation of the new law. In a conversation recorded before the court upheld nearly all of the legislation, Greenville Hospital System
The global economy has changed the way companies in the Carolinas do business and the tactics of economic developers who work to recruit employers to our region. While automation and cheap overseas labor have greatly impacted domestic manufacturers, NC Commerce
Charlotte will become the center of the nation’s political conversation for one week in September as the Democratic National Convention comes to town. While the city prepares to welcome both delegates and protestors, DNCC CEO Stephen Kerrigan sits down with us to discuss the committee’s
Regulatory uncertainty has surrounded the Affordable Care Act, commonly referred to by both political parties as “Obamacare”, from the moment Congress began drafting the legislation. While the nation’s highest court is expected to announce its ruling on the reform this
Political discourse among our elected leaders often mirrors the rhetoric of pundits on cable news channels. Meanwhile, religious leaders wonder if the important public policy issues of the day receive any thought from those who are in a position to
Faith leaders are not always comfortable discussing topics of a political nature in a public setting. In fact, identifying clergy from all religions who were willing to participate in our televised discussion on faith and public policy was a challenge. In the first of
Signs of an economic recovery are evident in a recent increase in both corporate and individual tax receipts at the office of N.C. Treasurer Janet Cowell. However, the continuation of low interest rates present a challenge for managing the state’s pension fund and
Decades before recycling became a public policy issue for most communities in the Carolinas, Sonoco was reclaiming discarded paper as part of its manufacturing process. The company now benefits from its heritage of environmental stewardship as it works to increase awareness of
The irony behind the region’s unsettling unemployment numbers is the number of companies who are still unable to find and hire qualified workers. Matching job skills with employers’ needs is a top priority for the Carolinas’ chambers of commerce. In this
Public institutions have been crippled by sometimes drastic budget cuts while struggling to remain prominent in the politic arena. Still, the arts and cultural humanities in both Carolina’s have aided in economic development. Our discussion includes Larry Wheeler, Director of
The complexities of our health care system can make it difficult for patients to understand the true cost of their care. Doctors and hospitals are paid by insurers based on the services they provide, not for the outcome of their care
Unemployment in the Carolinas has remained stagnant in the wake of federal stimulus efforts and state programs aimed at creating jobs. Now, the Obama administration has introduced new policies in hopes of preventing a double-dip recession and finally making a
The once-a-decade cycle of the redrawing of voting districts is upon us, along with the normal accusations of partisan politics and back room deals made in the interest of self-preservation. But with the advent of high-tech mapping software and a
The region's municipalities were dealt a one-two punch by the recession: a declining tax base and a dramatic rise in demand for many government services by citizens impacted by job loss. Most local governments have responded by trimming other programs and
http://youtu.be/bBkOH13O58w Dr. John McConnell has kept Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center on track through the recession. McConnell is steering the organization through a period of growth and regulatory uncertainty while ensuring the research of his staff serves as an economic
While recent announcements of company expansions and relocations in the Carolinas offer some hope that the region’s economy is improving, double-digit unemployment remains the reality in both states. On this program, the state chamber chiefs Lew Ebert of the N.C.
North Carolina’s aging and growing population, along with the policies related to health care reform, are projected to double the number of people enrolled in Medicare. The $12 billion question for N.C. Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Lanier
So far, Anthony Foxx‘s first term has had a broad range of highs an lows. This Spring, the Queen city announced it would be hosting the Democratic National Convention in 2012. Directly related to the DNC Host Committee, is a
Newspapers and television stations once captured most of the advertising dollars spent in the Carolinas. Now, traditional media outlets are struggling to maintain their turf as businesses move at least part of their advertising budgets into online and social media.
Sixteen years after its merger with St. Joseph’s hospitals, Asheville-based Mission Health is working to shed the state-monitoring which, according to its leader, has hampered the organization’s ability to compete with other healthcare providers doing business in the region. On this program,
More than four decades after the business was founded by his father, Chuck Howard now runs a car wash empire with locations in four states. Expansion has continued in spite of a recession and the rigorous zoning laws in some
As North Carolina lawmakers enter the budget season with an estimated $3 billion deficit, House Speaker Thom Tillis is searching for savings in state spending while working to calm the fears of educators and public health advocates. Guest host Steve Crump asks
Dubbed the ‘regulatory czar’ in some media reports announcing her appointment by Governor Nikki Haley, Catherine Templeton’s says she aims to be the antithesis of a stereotypical bureaucrat. While Templeton works to eliminate red tape from the SC Department of
Until recently, residents of the Carolinas felt pretty good about the market price of their homes and the seemingly higher and higher, year over year march of increasing real estate values. It was a given that you buy a home
In 1970, by act of Congress, the US put in place an Agency to provide liquidity and the ability for many Americans’ to buy their own home. In effect, the Government was guaranteeing to Banks credible citizens who wanted to