Tag:economic development

  • State Reclassifies Counties Under Lee Act

    RALEIGH — The N.C. Department of Commerce on Friday changed tier designations, which determine access to state economic-development funding, for 19 counties. Burke, Caldwell, Caswell, Catawba, Cleveland, Harnett, Pender, Stokes, Surry, and Yancey counties moved down one tier level to a more-distressed designation. Beaufort, Cumberland, Duplin, Lenoir, Martin, Onslow, Vance…

  • Tourism Measure Would Cost $600M

    RALEIGH—The House Appropriations Committee endorsed a bill Thursday that would create a program to promote North Carolina and attract more visitors to the state. Under the proposal, a Travel and Tourism Grant Committee would award grants to the owners of qualified projects to create, renovate or further develop travel and…

  • Study Calls for Audit of Commerce Dept.

    RALEIGH -- Researchers from the Kenan Institute of Private Enterprise at UNC-Chapel Hill released a report last week ordered by the legislature in September after some of them had questioned the value of the seven regional economic development partnerships in the state. One recommendation: audit the NC Department of Commerce.