Posts Tagged ‘Economic Development’

NC Secretary of Commerce John Skvarla

Posted on: July 11th, 2015 by Allison Andrews

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.

Tim Arnold, President and CEO, Colonial Life

Posted on: May 23rd, 2015 by Allison Andrews

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.

Minor Shaw, Micco LLC

Posted on: May 16th, 2015 by Allison Andrews

Mebane Rash, EdNC and Carl Blackstone, Columbia Chamber of Commerce are the panelists. Topics include education, economic development, unionization

Insurance for the Unemployed

Posted on: August 8th, 2014 by admin

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 the long-term unemployed will lead to healthier companies and more economic development, thereby creating more jobs. On this program, Folwell explains how benefits paid during the recession led to billions in debt, which falls to employers to pay. He gives an update on the efforts to pay down the debt, enhance customer service for the unemployed seeking benefits and investigations into fraud and abuse. Kathy Almond of the Stanly County Chamber of Commerce and York Technical College President Dr. Greg Rutherford join the dialogue.

 

Job Growth and Workforce Retraining

Posted on: April 11th, 2014 by admin

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 task of operating in advanced manufacturing facilities. On this program, Bob Morgan of the Charlotte Chamber of Commerce and Dr. Sonny White of Midlands Technical College discuss the collaborative efforts of businesses and educators to address the skills gap in North and South Carolina, as well as the work of changing false perceptions around careers in manufacturing.

 

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.

 

Blurred Lines in Health Care

Posted on: January 24th, 2014 by admin

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 actual legislation. On this program, Mike Riordan, CEO of Greenville Health System, provides analysis of the changing dynamics of health care, where some hospitals are becoming insurers and some insurers are opening medical practices. Brad Dean of the Myrtle Beach Area Chamber of Commerce and Mark Hall of Wake Forest University join the dialogue.

 

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.

 

 

Political Civility

Posted on: December 20th, 2013 by admin

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 the state of civility in politics and his views on priorities at the General Assembly in 2014. Kathy Almond of the Stanly County Chamber of Commerce and Andy Brack of the Statehouse Report join the dialogue.

 

 

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