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Dec 14, 2023

Sound Off: Weighing In On Housing Focus

By David Joyner, posted Dec 14, 2023

It’s time for Wilmington to grow up. I spent the last nine months campaigning for city council. Two seemingly competing themes emerged as I knocked on doors and phone banked voters: (1) solve the housing affordability crisis; (2) stop overdevelopment. Often, people identified both of these as a priority, leaving some policymakers at a loss on what to do. But I ...

Dec 14, 2023

C-Suite Convo: Setting The Scene With Shane Fernando

By Vicky Janowski, posted Dec 14, 2023

Shane Fernando will start the new year with a return to familiar surroundings. On Jan. 2, Fernando starts his new role as CEO of Thalian Hall in downtown Wilmington. On Jan. 1, he officially departs his role as executive and artistic director of Cape Fear Community College’s Wilson Center, a venue he helped open in 2015. Fernando also served as vice president of a ...

Dec 14, 2023

Power Broker: Developing Brian Eckel

By Cece Nunn, posted Dec 14, 2023

Brian Eckel can be kind of intense. Paul Loukas noticed it the first day he started working at Eckel’s Wilmington-based real estate firm, Cape Fear Commercial, in 2010.   “I came into the office at 8 o’clock, and I was expecting some warm welcome with small talk, you know … and I see nobody’s talking to me,” Loukas said. “E ...

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Bridging Futures: The Case for Toll Funding in Wilmington’s Cape Fear Memorial Bridge Revamp

Posted Dec 14, 2023
In late January, the Wilmington Metropolitan Planning Organization will stand at a crossroads, tasked with taking the next step that will define a generation - the replacement of the Cape Fear Memorial Bridge. Amidst heated debates, there’s a clear, uncomplicated solution that awaits our collective understanding.
 
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Dec 14, 2023

How Brunswick County Nabbed A $650M, 500-Employee Plant Deal

By Emma Dill and Cece Nunn, posted Dec 14, 2023

They could have driven their business almost anywhere.  After looking at more than 100 sites in the U.S. alone and spending a year in talks with North Carolina officials, an electric vehicle component manufacturer chose Brunswick County for its first facility outside India. Epsilon Advanced Materials plans to invest $650 million in a 1.5 million-square-foot facilit ...

Dec 14, 2023

Comic Cliff Cash's Hilarious Precipice

By Randall Kirkpatrick, posted Dec 14, 2023

For many comedians chasing their dreams, the road is long, filled with false starts, promising near misses and occasional successes that hint at an opportunity to make it.  Most kicked off their often-quixotic pursuits with a sweaty open mic and invested years in live performances to crowds that initially consisted mainly of friends, family ... and hecklers out to ...

Dec 14, 2023

Culinary Contest: Picking A $1M Restaurant Winner

By Kyle Hanlin, posted Dec 14, 2023

It was a most unusual thing. A $1 million contest to open, own and operate your own restaurant in the Pender County town of Burgaw. But, however unusual, it was real, and in October, Karoline Schwartz of Tabernash, Colorado, was announced as the winner of the Own Your Own Million Dollar Nationwide Restaurant Challenge. “I’ve been a chef, an operator and a ...

Dec 14, 2023

The Takeaway: Moving Plans

By Samantha Kupiainen, posted Dec 14, 2023

Cape Fear Museum of History and Science’s next big project is prepping for its move to Project Grace in downtown Wilmington (its giant sloth skeleton replica is coming with). A mixed-use development, Project Grace will fill the New Hanover County-owned block bordered by Chestnut, Grace, Second, and Third streets and include a rebuilt public library and modernized ...

Dec 14, 2023

Determining The 100

By Staff Reports, posted Dec 14, 2023

The WilmingtonBiz 100 is an annual Greater Wilmington Business Journal initiative to recognize the top 100 Power Players, Influencers, Innovators, Connectors and Rising Stars impacting Southeastern North Carolina’s business landscape. Those included in this year’s group were announced in October, but on the following pages you can read a little more about wh ...

Dec 14, 2023

The WilmingtonBiz 100: The Power Players

By Staff Reports, posted Dec 14, 2023

The Power Players - The businesspeople and officials having the greatest impact on the region’s business and economic landscape Jeffery Bourk Airport Director, Wilmington International Airport The airport has been flying high since Jeffrey Bourk began piloting the future of Wilmington International Airport in January 2022.   Why He's a Power ...

Dec 14, 2023

The WilmingtonBiz 100: The Influencers

By Staff Reports, posted Dec 14, 2023

The Influencers: The changemakers, in front of or behind the scenes Jackson Autry Executive Plant Leader, GE Aerospace  After working with General Electric for over 14 years, Jackson Autry was named plant leader of GE Aerospace Wilmington last year.   Why He’s an Influencer: As head of the plant in Wilmington, Autry is getting ready for t ...

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