Posts Tagged ‘College of Charleston’

Flexibility in Recruiting

Posted on: March 28th, 2014 by admin

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 of Directors. On this program, Lassiter explains the other goals of the nonprofit spun from the N.C. Department of Commerce, as well as his ideas for adding new incentives for innovative research at the state’s universities. Doug Copeland with the Triad Business Journal  and Dr. Frank Hefner of the College of Charleston join the conversation.

 

2014 Economic Forecast

Posted on: January 3rd, 2014 by admin

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, including the Affordable Care Act, the debate on raising the minimum wage and the continuous need for investments in public infrastructure. Dr. John Connaughton of The University of North Carolina at Charlotte, Dr. Frank Hefner of the College of Charleston, Dr. John Silvia of Wells Fargo and Dr. Doug Woodward of the University of South Carolina join the discussion.

 

Economy Year in Review

Posted on: December 27th, 2013 by admin

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 areas where companies have hired more workers and new businesses are setting up shop. On our annual year in review program, economists John Connaughton of The University of North Carolina at Charlotte, Dr. Frank Hefner of the College of Charleston, Dr. John Silvia of Wells Fargo and Dr. Doug Woodward of the University of South Carolina recap 2013 and discuss the trends of the recovery, as well as the stumbles along the way.

 

 

Economy and Education

Posted on: August 2nd, 2013 by admin

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 this program, Economist Dr. Frank Hefner of the College of Charleston dives deeper into the unemployment numbers, and Otis Rawl of the S.C. Chamber of Commerce talks about the task of reforming education to meet workforce needs.

Competitive Incentives

Posted on: March 22nd, 2013 by admin

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 the incentive packages which are not always viewed favorably by the electorate. On this program, our panel of experts discuss the work of keeping politicians of each political party on the same page for the sake of the economy and the importance of good education policy as a recruitment tool. Kit Cramer of the Asheville Chamber of Commerce, Lewis Gossett of the South Carolina Manufacturers Alliance, Dr. Frank Hefner of the College of Charleston, and Dr. David Swindell of the University of North Carolina at Charlotte join the conversation.

 

2013 Economic Forecast

Posted on: January 4th, 2013 by admin

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 potential fallout from the debt discussions, implementation of the Affordable Care Act and the economy’s bright spots, such as the recovery of the housing market. Frank Hefner of the College of Charleston, Matt Martin of the Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond, John Silvia of Wells Fargo and Doug Woodward of the University of South Carolina share their thoughts for 2013.

Year in Review

Posted on: December 28th, 2012 by admin

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 to find qualified workers. On this program, our panel of economists recap the recovery of 2012: Frank Hefner of the College of Charleston, Matt Martin of the Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond, John Silvia of Wells Fargo and Doug Woodward of the University of South Carolina.

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