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Apr 11, 2019

Wilmington City Council and city leaders visited Wilmington-based KWIPPED Inc. and Apiture on Thursday as part of an initiative to learn about area businesses and start conversations on how local government and the business community can collaborate. Two main focuses of the visit were how both entities can partner to attract more skilled workers to Wilmington and how th ...

Apr 5, 2019

Map Act Still Haunts Local Property Owners

By Cece Nunn, posted Apr 5, 2019

It’s been nearly three years since lawmakers rescinded the Map Act, but the law’s effects are still being felt by property owners in 2019, remaining the subject of litigation throughout the state, including in the Cape Fear region. According to the N.C. Department of Transportation, as of January this year, there were 399 lawsuits involving the Map Act. As o ...

Apr 3, 2019

Spark Ideas OpEd: Time To Again Push For MSA Change

By Jim Bradshaw, posted Apr 3, 2019

In 2013, the Wilmington region, specifically Brunswick County, was shocked to learn that the U.S. Census Bureau no longer recognized Brunswick County as part of the Wilmington region. Instead, after decades of being part of the Wilmington Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA), the county was suddenly part of the Myrtle Beach MSA.   So, why does it matter whether Bruns ...

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Our community has come together, like many others, to combat the opioid crisis. Several local agencies have rallied to create impactful community resources. A 2016 survey by Castlight, which listed Wilmington, NC as the #1 city for opioid abuse in the United States, was a wake-up call to the severity this community has been affected by opioid-related fatalities and hardships. At Alcami, we wo...read entire article
Mar 26, 2019

Hurricane Florence put a magnifying glass on some of the issues that already existed in the Wilmington region, including a lack of affordable housing, and recovery from its effects will continue for years to come. That was the message Gov. Roy Cooper and elected Wilmington officials conveyed during Tuesday’s Wilmington Downtown Inc. Economic Series Luncheon. Co ...

Mar 25, 2019

A Wilmington riverfront project that has been anticipated for many months is scheduled to begin after the close of the N.C. Azalea Festival, according to city of Wilmington officials. In a downtown news update last week, city of Wilmington spokesman Dylan Lee said that repairs to a large section of bulkhead owned by the U.S. Coast Guard will begin immediately after the ...

Mar 15, 2019

The 1.5-acre property at 1110 Castle St., formerly a Wave Transit building being eyed for potential redevelopment, is valued at $390,000, according to an appraisal report made for the city of Wilmington. City council members will hear a resolution to declare the city-owned property as surplus and review a Request for Proposal draft that invites commercial, residential o ...

Mar 13, 2019

President Donald Trump's FY 2020 Budget, released Monday, contains $53 million for the Wilmington District of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, the district office announced Wednesday.   Of that total for the next federal fiscal year, nearly $16.6 million is earmarked for maintenance dredging projects in the Wilmington harbor and Masonboro Inlet, according to a ...

Feb 21, 2019

Housing Still An Issue After Hurricane Florence

By Johanna Cano, posted Feb 21, 2019

Almost six months after Hurricane Florence made landfall in the Wilmington area, the Hurricane Florence Recovery Coordination Office is still working on putting displaced residents back in their houses or providing them with a long-term option. “One of the key priorities for us right now really has to do with housing recovery. We want to try and get people back in ...

Feb 4, 2019

City, County Partner On Land Development Tool Online

By Cece Nunn, posted Feb 4, 2019

New Hanover County and the city of Wilmington have partnered to launch a new land development tool.  Customer Online Application & Services Tool (COAST) allows customers to submit applications and obtain permits from the county.   The aim of the new system, according to a county news release Monday, is to provide customers with bette ...

Feb 1, 2019

State Funds Released To Help Area Commercial Fisherman

By Christina Haley O'Neal, posted Feb 1, 2019

More than $160,000 in aid has been issued to commercial fishermen in Southeastern North Carolina who were impacted by Hurricane Florence. The total is part of $11.6 million in relief being distributed by the N.C. Division of Marine Fisheries, according to officials with the agency. Marine Fisheries mailed out the first round of checks Friday under the Hurricane Flore ...

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