Mar 22, 2023

Wilmington officials are moving forward on the city's potential purchase of the 12-story Thermo Fisher Scientific Inc. building in northern downtown. In a unanimous vote, the Wilmington City Council agreed to allow the city's staff to take the steps necessary to put financing in place as they consider the deal. Also as a result of the Tuesday night vote, the cou ...

Feb 23, 2023

WMPO Opts Against Intersection Improvement Project Swap

By Johanna F. Still, posted Feb 23, 2023

At its board meeting Monday, the Wilmington Urban Area Metropolitan Planning Organization opted against a project swap it had considered involving two major intersections in Wilmington.  The two areas under consideration for the swap were the Military Cutoff and Eastwood Road intersection, which is due for major upgrades as a slew of commercial development awaits, ...

Feb 16, 2023

A city-owned property that was once slated for a redevelopment project is for sale, and the deadline to submit bids is quickly approaching.  The site of the former Wave Transit maintenance facility at 1110 Castle St. is undergoing a sealed bid process, with submissions due March 9 by 3 p.m.  “The former bus maintenance facility is zoned [urban mixed-u ...

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The ESG “Halo Effect”: Raising the Bar for Public Companies’ Commitment to Environmental and Social Change

Posted Mar 8, 2023
This piece was contributed by Dr. Kevin Hale and Dr. Steven Kaszak, Assistant Professors of Accounting within CSB.

To many the term ESG reporting is a foreign concept that holds little significance to their every day lives. But should the business world be paying more attention to ESG reporting data? To break it down, ESG reporting stands for environmental, social and entire article
Feb 15, 2023

Construction Begins On NCino Sports Park

By Johanna F. Still, posted Feb 15, 2023

City leaders gathered Wednesday morning at an old dumping ground to celebrate the beginning of something new and inviting.  “We stand here today on an old landfill,” Wilmington Mayor Bill Saffo said at the groundbreaking ceremony for the nCino Sports Park. Tucked away off U.S. 421, the site of the future multi-sport complex is unassuming, scattered with ...

Feb 13, 2023

Federal Courthouse Repairs To Wrap Up By Next Spring

By Johanna F. Still, posted Feb 13, 2023

Repairs to the Alton Lennon Federal Building and U.S. Courthouse downtown are expected to wrap up by spring 2024.  Construction on this large and historic downtown footprint remains one of the few obvious physical signs of Hurricane Florence, which hit the region in September 2018.  Work has required shutting off access to Water Street, but federal official ...

Feb 10, 2023

Wilmington officials hosted a breakfast Friday morning in city hall, welcoming state and federal elected legislators.  City councilmembers and other officials took the opportunity to highlight for the representatives top issues and funding priorities for the region.  The conversation spanned a variety of topics, with highlights including transportation and ...

Feb 9, 2023

Plans to install infrastructure to spur development in northern New Hanover County, including a planned business park, are moving forward.  At its meeting Wednesday, the Cape Fear Public Utility Authority board approved a design contract with McKim & Creed for $1.5 million. The designs are part of an interlocal agreement CFPUA and New Hanover County entered int ...

Feb 7, 2023

First Proposed Occupant In County Business Park To Invest $10M

By Johanna F. Still, posted Feb 7, 2023

At their regular meeting Monday, the New Hanover County Board of Commissioners accepted an offer to purchase land in the county’s new Blue Clay Business Park, marking what could be the first occupant and owner.  An affiliate of Francini Inc., based in southern California, has offered $250,000 to acquire 6.3 acres. Now that the county has accepted the offer, a ...

Feb 3, 2023

Showered with billions of dollars from some of the nation’s biggest drug manufacturers and distributors accused of stirring up opioid abuse, state and local governments are zeroing in on what they will do with the proceeds from massive legal settlements.  In Southeastern North Carolina, officials in New Hanover County, the city of Wilmington and Brunswick and ...

Feb 2, 2023

Officials with the Texas Rangers are considering launching a minor league baseball team in Leland and building a new entertainment venue to accommodate the endeavor. Though Wilmington now has a large-scale entertainment venue of its own, the talks may spur deja vu of the decade-old swing and miss to bring baseball downtown. A representative of REV Entertainment and the ...

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