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NC State’s online MBA ranks in Top 20 worldwide

March 9. NC State’s Jenkins Professional Online MBA program in the North Carolina State University Poole College of Management is No. 18 among the Top 20 programs worldwide, according to the Financial Times’ 2017 ranking of global online MBA programs. NC State placed 11th among U.S.-based institutions and was the only North Carolina-based MBA program listed in the ranking. This […]

Concord aviation director takes flight

March 9. Concord Aviation Director Rick Cloutier, who has run Concord Regional Airport since 2012, will take a position as assistant director of airports in Horry County, SC. He will resign his position in Concord effective March 31. Notable during Cloutier’s tenure was the expansion of Allegiant Air here, as well as a new commercial service facility. City officials credited his leadership for helping grow the […]


Downtown Concord continues to attract new retail business

By Joe Habina. As a new restaurant owner in downtown Concord, Jason Pressley has a taste for competing for stomachs with other establishments in the neighborhood. “In my opinion I would rather be in a cluster of really good restaurants,” said Pressley, the owner of The Grill at 11 Union. “You get people to come to […]


Tax incentives for brewery on Monday’s Board Agenda

March 3. By Dave Vieser and Dave Yochum. It looks like Cornelius will provide economic development incentives through tax abatements to facilitate Olde Mecklenburg Brewery’s likely $10 million investment in a manufacturing site on Zion Avenue. The Charlotte based craft brewer plans to open a new brewery in the 51,000 square-foot building on Zion Avenue formerly […]

Art on Tap Friday

Millennials can mix bourbon and photography at Art on Tap Friday evening. The Cabarrus Arts Council’s membership group for young professionals presents Lights & Libations from 7-10 p.m. in The Galleries, 65 Union Street South in Concord. The event will feature two photography activities led by professional photographers Mary Beth Taylor and Garrett Price. Mary Beth […]

UNCC faculty member earns top award

Anthony “Tony” Brizendine, a faculty member at UNC-Charlotte’s Lee College of Engineering, received the Construction Management Association of America 2016 National Educator of the Year Award. According to CMAA President and CEO Bruce D’Agostino, the association bestows its Educator of the Year Award on a construction faculty member as acknowledgement of exceptional accomplishments as advisors, […]


NC forecast: More slow growth in 2017

March 2. The North Carolina economy will continue the slow growth pattern in 2017, but the state will need to focus on productivity growth this year, said UNC Charlotte economist John Connaughton. If the rate of growth  continues, 2017 would represent the eighth consecutive year of expansion for the Tarheel economy. “While this is an […]


Don Miller wins United Way honors

Racing legend Don Miller received the Leading The Way Award from the United Way of Central Carolinas at the North Carolina Auto Racing Hall of Fame. The drag racer and NASCAR mover and shaker rose from humble beginnings to become Roger Penske’s most trusted confidant and a mentor to a variety of NASCAR champions. He is […]

Novant sets $11 hourly floor in NC

March 1. Novant Health is implementing a minimum wage based on local costs of living over and above the state-mandated minimum wage, commonly referred to as a living wage. It means that the floor for hourly workers in North Carolina will be set at $11 an hour. The official national minimum wage is $7.25 an hour; some […]


Alevo investing $251 million, adding 200 jobs

Feb. 28. Alevo will spend $251 million on new production lines and equipment at its battery manufacturing facility in Concord, creating 200 jobs. Salaries will average $56,327. Cabarrus County’s overall average wage is currently $37,808 per year. The Cabarrus County Board of Commissioners and Concord City Council approved two 5-year, performance-based tax incentives totaling $4,291,596 for the City of […]

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