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The Manufacturing Comeback

Nationwide, manufacturing is making a comeback. For the first time in history, manufacturing in the United States surpassed the $2 trillion mark. Manufacturing output has soared since the end of the recession, and manufacturing employment surged in the last months of 2013. In North Carolina, manufac...

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North Carolina Targeted by Pro-Union Groups to Devise Organizing Strategy

I recently shared with you the outcome of the failed union attempt at a Volkswagen plant in Tennessee. This was a big defeat for unions in the South and has led pro-union groups to focus more attention on organizing in the South. Recently, the North Carolina AFL-CIO and other groups held an event th...

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Companies Look to Military Veterans to Fill Skilled Jobs

At a time when many companies continue to face shortages of qualified, skilled employees in certain fields, North Carolina companies are increasingly looking toward military veterans to fulfill their talent needs. Transitioning military veterans into the workforce is especially important as the numb...

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NC Chamber Executive Committee Member Named Healthcare Hero Finalist

Dale Jenkins, CEO of Medical Mutual Insurance Company and chairman of the Rex Healthcare Board of Directors, was recently named as a finalist for the Triangle Business Journal’s 2014 Health Care Heroes Awards. According to this article, this year’s finalists were chosen from a copious batch of n...

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ICYMI: Gov. McCrory Discusses NC’s Drop in Unemployment Rate

In a recent interview with Fox News, Gov. McCrory discusses how North Carolina addressed the business community's nearly $3 billion unemployment insurance debt through comprehensive reforms to the state’s UI system. Since reforms were enacted in July, North Carolina’s unemployment rate has fa...

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Education and Talent Supply Critical to NC’s Competitive Future

An important education and talent supply issue that has been in the media spotlight and the forefront ofstatewide discussion this past week is that of retaining and attracting North Carolina's best and brightest teachers. The Triangle Business Journal reported on how these recent discussions hav...

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ICYMI: TN Volkswagen Workers Reject Union

On Friday, Volkswagen workers at a plant in Chattanooga, TN voted against organizing under the United Auto Workers union by a vote of 712-626. If the UAW had won the election, this would have been the first union organized at a foreign-owned auto plant in a Southern U.S. state. As reported in this W...

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North Carolina “Big Food” Industry Targeted with Potential Litigation

North Carolina's food industry is being targeted by a legal plot to make "Big Food" pay for soaring obesity-related health care costs. According to this Politico article, lawyers are pitching attorneys general in 16 states, including North Carolina, with proposals to sue the food industry to help p...

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Retaining and Attracting North Carolina’s Best and Brightest Teachers

All of us - parents, citizens and employers - want what is best for our children. We want them to have a world-class education, to learn from our state’s best and brightest educators and to be prepared for a rewarding career. In this Chamber Minute video, Lew Ebert shares why business is “all i...

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Q1 Infrastructure Update: Why Infrastructure is Critical to You

If You Can’t Move It, You Can’t Make It Why Sufficient Infrastructure is Critical to Your Business – 2014 Bridge to a Stronger Future If our transportation system can’t move our goods and services, it can’t support our economy. Put simply, transportation is business. A robust transportat...

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