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May 21, 2019

Marion Initiative Revives Downtown Business

It was a only a matter of time before state economic development officials would find the GEM of Marion. Growing Entrepreneurs Marion — GEM, which just won a statewide award from the N.C. Department of Commerce — has transformed the city’s downtown core with millions of private-sector dollars pumped into…

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May 21, 2019

New Life – VIDA – Coming to Downtown Kannapolis

What was once nondescriptly called the “Demonstration Project” in downtown Kannapolis is now coming about as a catalyst for the city’s future. Just recently, officials with the city’s government alongside private partners Lansing Melbourne Group (LMG) held a groundbreaking for a new, mixed-use district of apartments, restaurants, a hotel, a…

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April 4, 2019

Gibson Mill Market to bring dining hall and more shopping to historic mill

A new food hall-style dining and shopping area is coming to Gibson Mill in early 2020. The property owners/redevelopers, Southpaw Investors, issued this press release Tuesday afternoon: Formerly known as the Gibson Manufacturing Company, Gibson Mill in Concord,  has served as the fabric of the community since 1899 as a…

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April 4, 2019

Explore Elkin still going strong

Since its beginning in March of 2017, Jeff Eidson, chairman of the initiative, said a number of events are being held to bring people to Elkin, including monthly food truck Fridays, Live at Five music events, downtown block parties and more. The efforts of the group, which was Mayor Sam…

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April 4, 2019

Bladenboro Spring Fling bringing breath of new life

Business owners and employees are getting excited for the boost to tourism the Spring Fling in downtown is expected to bring Saturday. Teresa Horton, of Lolli’s on Main, is hoping that this event will be just the thing for getting the downtown back in motion after the hurricane that devastated…

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April 4, 2019

Archdale businesses get local approval for state expansion grants

Two Archdale businesses applying for Building Reuse Grants have received approval for local government matching grants. Expansion and renovations could mean up to 24 new jobs. The City of Archdale, grant applicant, and the Randolph County Board of Commissioners have been asked to partner in sharing the matching grants in…

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March 1, 2019

Raleigh leaders OK master plan for Dix Park

Raleigh leaders took the next step toward the creation of Dix Park on Tuesday when they unanimously approved a master plan for the sprawling area near downtown. The decision was met with thunderous applause from park supporters, most wearing blue Dix Park T-shirts. Unzipping her jacket to reveal a blue…

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March 1, 2019

New six-story hotel planned for downtown Hendersonville

Hendersonville City Council voted late Thursday to begin negotiations with a developer to build a six-story downtown hotel on the Dogwood public parking lot. The Blue Star plan includes a 9,272-square-foot, 200-person conference space with 9,000 square feet of retail space, a rooftop bar and a second-story restaurant. The parking…

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March 1, 2019

Aetna plans to add 300 jobs at High Point operations

Aetna is expanding its operations facility here, a move expected to bring 300 new jobs by the end of 2020. It marks the second expansion at the health care company’s High Point location in the past year. Aetna late last year added 80 full-time equivalent jobs. Aetna, which is…

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March 1, 2019

Downtown Burlington building to be renovated as national HQ

Burlington “will offer many great amenities for our employees and help us to attract new team members that will play a key role in the continued success of our company for years to come,” Douglas Boteler, co-founder and CEO of National OnDemand, said in a statement. “The team did a…

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