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08/21/2015
Eight local companies among fastest growing in U.S., list says | WilmingtonBiz

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Eight companies based in Wilmington are among the fastest growing privately held companies in the U.S., according to this year's Inc. 5000 list, released Wednesday. The companies in the Port City on the list, which Inc. Magazine compiles each year, are Odyssey Fire Protection (No. 805); N2 Publishin…

(FOCUS on Health)
08/21/2015
Companies expand in-home services market | WilmingtonBiz

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For the majority of U.S. adults approaching retirement or already retired, there is apparently no place like home. Research by the AARP Public Policy Institute found that nearly 90 percent of senior citizens want to stay in their homes as they age. Tom Pechar agrees. The owner of the Synergy HomeCar…

(FOCUS on Environment) "Exact population numbers are difficult to pin down, but everyone from conservationists, to botan...
08/20/2015
Who Killed the Venus Flytrap?

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"Exact population numbers are difficult to pin down, but everyone from conservationists, to botanists, to Wilmington locals confirmed the plant is becoming more and more difficult to find in its natural habitat."

In the public consciousness, the Venus flytrap is prolific. But in the wild, it's disappearing.

08/18/2015

Register now for the 2015 N.C. Rural Assembly
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We have lined up a top-notch panel of speakers for this year's Assembly, including FCC Chief of Strategic Planning and Policy Analysis Jonathan Chambers, Lt. Gov. Dan Forest, N.C. Superintendent of Public Instruction June Atkinson, CenturyLink Vice President Rondi Furgason and Venessa Harrison, president of AT&T North Carolina. See a detailed agenda.

Expanding high-speed Internet access is critically important to the future of North Carolina's rural economy. We will share success stories from around the state and nation, and connect you with leaders who have the information and resources to help communities expand what they have, or build what they need. Register now.

08/06/2015

Thanks to everyone that came to our public informational session yesterday!!

Urban planning and its link to health. http://magazine.good.is/articles/good-urban-design-makes-us-healthier-says-decade...
08/04/2015
Good Urban Design Makes Us Healthier, Says Decade-Long Study

Urban planning and its link to health.

http://magazine.good.is/articles/good-urban-design-makes-us-healthier-says-decade-long-study

Good Urban Design Makes Us Healthier, Says Decade-Long Study Good Urban Design Makes Us Healthier, Says Decade-Long Study Trending Most Read Related Guy Pretends He Got Drafted By The NBA, Has The Time Of His Life. by Gabriel Reilich Understand Consent With the Help of Stick Figures and a Cup of Tea…

The FOCUS Consortium would like to announce a Public Meeting with Consortium Members, the Regional Advisory Committee (R...
07/31/2015

The FOCUS Consortium would like to announce a Public Meeting with Consortium Members, the Regional Advisory Committee (RAC), and interested citizens to discuss the Framework for the Future Regional Plan.

Top 20 Urban Planning Successeshttp://www.masterinpublicadministration.com/top-20-urban-planning-successes-of-all-time.h...
07/28/2015
Top 20 Urban Planning Successes of All Time » Public Servant Blog

Top 20 Urban Planning Successes

http://www.masterinpublicadministration.com/top-20-urban-planning-successes-of-all-time.html

Planning a great yet functional urban area takes innovation as well as knowledge. The following top 20 urban planning successes of all time range from the Taos Pueblo to the current functionality presented by Camden Town, London. In between, you’ll discover plenty of examples of urban planning that…

A Guide to Surviving the Portuguese Man-o-War Invasion
07/03/2015
A Guide to Surviving the Portuguese Man-o-War Invasion

A Guide to Surviving the Portuguese Man-o-War Invasion

A long, holiday weekend seems like the perfect time to slip off to the beach. Which also makes it the perfect time for Portuguese man-o-wars to make their attack.

06/29/2015
Citizen's Survey

Please take the opportunity below to complete the City of Wilmington's Fair Housing Survey.
This is an important aspect of any community and our input is important.
Click here: Citizen’s Survey https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/Q6856V7

The City of Wilmington is conducting an analysis of Impediments to Fair Housing choice in its efforts to comply with HUD requirements and to promote Fair Housing. We are specifically seeking data on elements, other than income, which impede fair housing opportunities in the City of Wilmington.

(FOCUS on Environment)
06/15/2015

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You're Invited: Breakfast with the Coach!

Baltimore Ravens Super Bowl winning coach (and BHI Conservancy supporter), John Harbaugh, will address 100 people at the Bald Head Club on June 30th from 9am until 11am.

This fundraising event costs $100/person and supports a BHI Conservancy fund for research and education. The resources will provide practical solutions for our island residents by funding projects led by staff, interns and academic researchers on Bald Head Island.

Space is limited so sign up now by logging onto www.bhic.org. Click on Donate. In the Support page select “general donation" and fill out the form, making sure to pay for $100 per person. At the end of the form in the comments sections, please type “Breakfast with the Coach.” (Or give us a call at 910-457-0089 and we will sign you up!)

With your completed registration you will be entered into a drawing for Ravens memorabilia, selected and signed by Coach Harbaugh.

Thank you so much for being an important part of our BHI Conservancy family this year. Your support helps us educate thousands of people about Bald Head Island and all its natural wonders.

We hope to see you June 30th!

Connecting people to jobs on the waterfront. For Ithaca's job production and economic growth to continue, the community ...
06/15/2015
Connecting people to jobs on the waterfront

Connecting people to jobs on the waterfront. For Ithaca's job production and economic growth to continue, the community needs more people, housing, and places for this creative energy to express itself.

For Ithaca's job production and economic growth to continue, the community needs more people, housing, and places for this creative energy to express itself.

Southport named 'Happiest Seaside Town" by Coastal Living Magazine.
06/10/2015
Southport named Happiest Seaside Town by magazine

Southport named 'Happiest Seaside Town" by Coastal Living Magazine.

SOUTHPORT | Cue up Pharrell's hit "Happy." Because Southport, the little town that could and did, has just won the title of Happiest Seaside Town in the United States from Coastal Living Magazine.

“Talk to meteorologists from Time Warner Cable News, WECT and WWAY—and deliver your own forecast in front of the green s...
06/09/2015
Stormfest coming to Cape Fear Museum

“Talk to meteorologists from Time Warner Cable News, WECT and WWAY—and deliver your own forecast in front of the green screen. National Weather Service will show off its 5-foot-tall cyclone simulator.”

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The Wilmington Symphony Orchestra is pleased to welcome special guest David Hyde Pierce to the Wilmington Symphony Pops! “Music from the Silver Screen” concert on Tuesday, November 13, 7:30 PM at the Wilson Center in downtown Wilmington. This is an Official Cucalorus Stage Event with a Hollywood glamour theme. Wear your favorite vintage dress or suit and have your photo taken on the red carpet. Join us in the lobby at 6:30 for pre-concert festivities. The concert program will include your favorite movie themes such as Gone with the Wind, Ben Hur, The Pink Panther, Batman, Dances with Wolves, Lord of the Rings and more! Showing on the big screen will be Buster Keaton's One Week with an original orchestral score by acclaimed silent film composer Andrew E. Simpson. David Hyde Pierce is best known for playing psychiatrist Dr. Niles Crane on the NBC sitcom Frasier. For this role he was awarded four Emmy Awards for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series. He also won the Tony Award for Best Performance by a Leading Actor in a Musical for his performance in Curtains in 2007. Official Cucalorus Stage Event Tickets for this performance range from $40 to $85 plus fees and sales tax. 910-362-7999, WilmingtonSymphony.org
To the local business owners in Wilmington, please take a moment to consider this: The Wilmington Symphony Orchestra brings over 6,000 people per year to the Wilson Center in downtown Wilmington. Audiences are comprised of educated music lovers, business owners, home owners, affluent retirees and families. Our website draws 63,000 unique visitors per year, and we have over 7,000 subscribers to our e-list. In addition, we promote our concerts on various online and print media outlets, such as Star News, Encore, WhatsOnWilmington, Salt Magazine, WILMA Magazine, and more! We also promote extensively on social media. We have over 1,900 followers on Facebook, over 1,500 followers on Twitter, and currently developing Instagram and LinkedIn. There are many ways that you can promote your business to our audience, and options for every budget. Businesses large and small can take advantage of this unique promotional opportunity, while also supporting a long-standing cultural jewel in Wilmington. Did you know the Wilmington Symphony Orchestra was established in 1971? Please help support our rich history by becoming a sponsor today! For details, levels, and proposed benefits, visit http://www.wilmingtonsymphony.org/sponsorship.html.
JUST GREAT GOLF! 20th Annual Wilmington Symphony Golf Tournament Monday, June 5, 2017 at 8:30 AM Country Club of Landfall Nicklaus Course Marsh-Ocean Proceeds benefit the Wilmington Symphony Orchestra and its exceptional youth education programs. REGISTER HERE http://www.wilmingtonsymphony.org/golf-classic.html ABOUT THE COURSE http://www.nicklaus.com/design/landfall/
JUST GREAT GOLF! 20th Annual Wilmington Symphony Golf Tournament Monday, June 5, 2017 at 8:30 AM Country Club of Landfall Nicklaus Course Marsh-Ocean Proceeds benefit the Wilmington Symphony Orchestra and its exceptional youth education programs. REGISTER HERE http://www.wilmingtonsymphony.org/golf-classic.html ABOUT THE COURSE http://www.nicklaus.com/design/landfall/