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Jun 3, 2019

Developer: Sign Proposal Would Aid River Place, Other Projects

By Christina Haley O'Neal, posted Jun 3, 2019

A proposed development ordinance that would impact the signage associated with the River Place development, currently under construction in downtown Wilmington, is on the agenda for the next meeting of the city's planning commission. The proposed change to the city of Wilmington's land development code would allow for multiple signage on the face of the dev ...

May 28, 2019

RFQs Out For Water Tank Design At Two Megasites

By Christina Haley O'Neal, posted May 28, 2019

Brunswick County has issued a request for qualifications statements for designing additional infrastructure for two industrial megasites at its border with Columbus County. The county is seeking engineering services to design a 500,000-gallon elevated water storage tank at the Mid-Atlantic Industrial Rail Park and International Logistics Park of North Carolina, acc ...

May 21, 2019

Funding the area's economic development drivers is a priority in both New Hanover County and city of Wilmington budget proposals for the fiscal year 2019-20, which begins July 1. Both local governments have started their budget review process, with the city holding a public hearing Tuesday evening and county officials presenting their spending recommendations to cou ...

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UNCW STEAM Team Program Provides Access Point to Higher Education

Posted Jun 7, 2019
Later this month, UNCW will welcome the second cohort of students to campus as part of the 2019 STEAM Team Program. STEAM Team is a weeklong, residential summer program hosted by UNCW free of cost for underserved ninth- and tenth-grade students recruited from New Hanover, Pender and Brunswick counties. A select group of students with an expressed interest in STEAM disciplines, an exemplary academi...read entire article
May 16, 2019

Leland Proposes To Settle RO Plant Dispute, Build Plant

By Jenny Callison, posted May 16, 2019

The town of Leland is attempting to broker a compromise aimed at settling the contentious battle over control of a northern Brunswick County water and sewer utility. Leland officials on Thursday announced a proposed regional compromise plan that would empower the town itself to build a reverse osmosis plant and define the role and authority of the Brunswick Regional Wat ...

May 7, 2019

Fort Fisher Aquarium Seeks $20M Expansion

By Johanna Cano, posted May 7, 2019

A North Carolina House bill recently filed to obtain funding for the expansion of the N.C. Aquarium at Fort Fisher would allow the aquarium to stay relevant in the community and continue to provide a quality experience for guests, said Hap Fatzinger, aquarium director. House Bill 461, filed by Rep. Ted Davis Jr. (R-New Hanover), seeks to appropriate $10 million for the ...

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 ...

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 ...

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