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IBM’s Innovative Technology is Changing Education

Aligning the goals of our state’s education systems with the needs of our rapidly evolving workforce is essential to securing North Carolina’s competitive future. Job creators share in the responsibility of giving North Carolina’s students the opportunities needed to thrive as they enter the workforce. That’s why this #WorkReadyWednesday, we’re highlighting IBM’s latest effort to transform K-5th grade math education.…

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EPA: Air Quality Improves as America Grows

Last month, the EPA released a new report entitled “Our Nation’s Air 2017,” which analyzes the changes in our nation’s air quality and compares those changes to those in our economy. The report’s findings were encouraging as we work to strengthen North Carolina’s economic competiveness, while supporting commonsense safeguards for a healthy natural environment. As indicated within the report, our…

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NC’s Ports are Improving State’s Competitiveness

Several months ago, we published “Moving at the Speed of Business” in the Triangle, Triad and Charlotte Business Journals, which outlined upcoming transportation infrastructure projects and their impact on business. One project highlighted was the Queen City Express and the many improvements taking shape at the North Carolina Ports Authority to make North Carolina more competitive. Since its publication, the…

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Improving Solid Waste Management Across NC

While most fixated their attention to the controversial provisions added to House Bill 56: Amend Environmental Laws, one provision critical to North Carolina’s competitiveness slipped under the radar. House Bill 56’s solid waste management provision may have been omitted from much of the public discourse on the bill, but it is one that should capture our attention. The provision changes…

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Manufacturing Day is One Month Away

One month from today, Manufacturers from around the country will invite their communities into their facilities to celebrate modern manufacturing as part of Manufacturing Day (MFG Day) 2017. This annual celebration connects manufacturers with students, educators, local leaders and the business community to inspire the next generation of manufacturers by featuring career opportunities and changing the public perception of manufacturing.…

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Manufacturing Day is One Month Away

One month from today, manufacturers from around the country will invite their communities into their facilities to celebrate modern manufacturing as part of Manufacturing Day (MFG Day) 2017. This annual celebration connects manufacturers with students, educators, local leaders and the business community to inspire the next generation of manufacturers by featuring career opportunities and changing the public perception of manufacturing.…

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Cultivating the Next Generation of Manufacturers

“Manufacturing jobs opening in US, are workers qualified?” This recent Fox News headline poses an important question facing the manufacturing industry. While more than one million new manufacturing jobs have been created in the U.S. over the last seven years, 390,000 remain unfilled. As the skills gap continues to widen, manufacturers across the country are struggling to find qualified talent,…

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NC Must Build Upon Infrastructure Improvements

It’s never good to see North Carolina grouped among the worst states in the nation in a competitive ranking. Unfortunately, a recent 24/7 Wall St. ranking had North Carolina as one of 15 “states that are falling apart.” The ranking details how each state’s roads in poor condition, deficient bridges, dams at risk and highway spending stacks up against the…

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Producing a Globally Competitive Workforce

Producing a globally competitive workforce across North Carolina relies on each community’s commitment to education and workforce development. Without the support of local communities across the state, securing North Carolina’s place as a top-ten state for workforce readiness will be that much harder. It is for that reason, an entire session at our 2017 Conference on Education was dedicated to…

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New CFPB Rule Makes Personal Injury Attorneys the Real Winners

Personal injury lawyers stand to be the real winners of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s (CFPB) new rule that prohibits companies from using mandatory arbitration clauses in their contracts. While the CFPB claims this anti-arbitration rule was set to protect consumers, the reality is the rule will benefit personal injury attorneys hell-bent on making a buck through class action lawsuits.…

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