Posts Tagged ‘Transportation Infrastructure’

On Location: SC Ports

Posted on: November 13th, 2017 by Allison Andrews

An In-depth look at transportation and infrastructure issues facing the region with panelists: Christy Hall, South Carolina Transportation Secretary, Jim Newsome, CEO, SC Ports Authority, South Carolina Senator Larry Grooms, Chairman of the Senate Transportation Committee, G. Clifton Parker, President, G&P Trucking Co.

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.


Transforming RTP

Posted on: July 25th, 2014 by admin

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 employers has changed, the foundation which governs the park is embarking on a makeover at RTP to retain and recruit innovative companies and key talent. On this program. Robert Ingram, General Partner at Hatteras Venture Partners and Chairman of the Board for the Research Triangle Foundation, discusses the work of renovating RTP for today’s knowledge economy, as well as the public-private partnerships needed to complete the park’s transformation. Hal Johnson of NAI Earle Furman and Dr. Matt Martin of the Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond join the discussion.


Return of the Tourists

Posted on: July 4th, 2014 by admin

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 Parks, Recreation and Tourism, discusses the post-recession recovery in tourism and the job of promoting the Carolinas to a global audience. Brad Dean of the Myrtle Beach Area Chamber of Commerce and Lynn Minges of the North Carolina Restaurant and Lodging Association join the conversation.


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.



Manufacturing Outlook

Posted on: December 13th, 2013 by admin

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 economic growth. On this program, Sanders discusses his company’s outlook for domestic and foreign expansion, as well as the need for additional resources at technical and community colleges. Doug Copeland of The Business Journal of the Greater Triad and David Lockwood of Colliers International join the conversation.


Banking Autonomy

Posted on: December 6th, 2013 by admin

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 autonomy to its leaders in its local markets and encouraging executives to take a leadership role in economic development. On this program, Hill discusses the acceptance of the merger by shareholders and the work which remains in stabilizing the communities hardest hit by the recession. Gregg Robinson of Orangeburg County Development Commission and Greg Fitzsimon of NC Policy Watch join the conversation.


Workforce Strategy

Posted on: November 22nd, 2013 by admin

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 development of new logistics hubs in South Carolina, a shortage of new jobs is not as much of a problem as a need for more qualified applicants. On this program, we discuss the task of retraining the state’s unemployed and steering younger people to the career paths with the most promising futures. John Gessaman of Carolinas Gateway Partnership and Lewis Gossett of the S.C. Manufacturers Alliance join the conversation.


Traction for Roads

Posted on: July 12th, 2013 by admin

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 funding , and South Carolina lawmakers recently approved a $500 million bond package meant to tackle some of the Palmetto state’s most critical transportation infrastructure challenges. On this program, Martin Marietta Materials, Inc. President and CEO Ward Nye compares the Carolinas’ road-building programs with those of Texas, and discusses the ways states are raising cash to pay for construction. Bob Morgan of the Charlotte Chamber of Commerce and Deepal Eliatamby of Alliance Consulting Engineers join the conversation.


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