Greensboro-based electronic chip maker RF Micro Devices Inc. announced a major merger Monday. The company is buying Oregon-based TriQuint Semiconductor. It’s an all-stock deal valued at more than $1.5 billion. The merged company will have combined revenues of more than $2 billion.
Jim Westmoreland, Greensboro's new city manager, has worked for the city of Greensboro since 1996. He says one of the biggest challenges this year for city officials is figuring out how to fix a $5-million deficit in the city's budget.
With the new year, the city of Greensboro is reviewing its current economic recruitment strategy to see if there's a better way to land a major economic partner. Catherine Carlock covers economic development for The Business Journal. Carlock and WFDD's Audrey Fannin discuss the business community's rising frustration as major companies have expressed interest in the city, but then settled elsewhere.
Philip Gulley is a Quaker pastor and author of 18 books. His most recent book is Living the Quaker Way: Timeless Wisdom for a Better Life Today. Gulley will visit the First Friends Meeting in Greensboro this weekend for Quaker Quest, a two day series of sessions and storytelling on the Quaker Way.
This week, a parcel of land on South Elm Street in Greensboro was identified as the site of the future downtown university campus, which will provide a collaborative space for the city's seven colleges and universities. The broader development goals for the 7.5-acre location are the topic of this weekly discussion on Triad business issues with Business Journal contributing writer - and Wake Forest University journalism program director - Justin Catanoso and WFDD's Audrey Fannin.
This weekend in Greensboro, 200 high school students with gather for the Youth Giving Summit. It's a statewide youth philanthropy event, and these teens will have a pool of $150,000 to distribute in their communities. Eric Rowles is Director of the North Carolina Youth Giving Network. Founded 8 years ago, Rowles says the program gives young people experience in paying forward their time, talent or treasure.
GREENSBORO - City councilwoman Nancy Vaughan defeated incumbent Robbie Perkins to become the next mayor of Greensboro. Vaughan, who also finished ahead of Perkins in the Oct. 8 primary, won handily Tuesday, with 59 percent of the vote, compared to 40 percent for Perkins.
Robbie Perkins is running for re-election as mayor of Greensboro for the first time since he defeated former one-term mayor Bill Knight two years ago. But his campaign has been plagued by reports of his own personal financial struggles. His challenger, long-time council-member Nancy Barakat Vaughan, finished ten points ahead of Perkins in the Oct. 8 primary. A third candidate, George Hartzman, was eliminated in that primary.
This week's business report is a roundup of several topics. Business Journal contributing writer Justin Catanoso joins WFDD's Audrey Fannin to discuss Obamacare, housing markets and regional cooperation.
Each Friday WFDD takes a look at business in the Triad. This week instead of focusing on one topic, we'll review three developments in area business with Justin Catanoso, contributing writer for the Business Journal and director of Wake Forest University's journalism program.
Creating a performing arts center can draw people and businesses to a city’s downtown area, but it takes a lot of money and forethought to make it happen. Business Journal reporter, Catherine Carlock, joins WFDD's Audrey Fannin for an update on Greensboro's performing arts center project, and how, in many ways, it's following the process Durham undertook to build its center.
You can save $5-$10 dollars a day by not eating out for lunch. This week, BackPack Beginnings wants you to pack your lunch for at least one day and donate what you save to feed a hungry, Guilford County child for a weekend.
The 52nd annual Eastern Music Festival in Greensboro continues through this weekend with a tremendous concluding concert by world renowned cello soloist Lynn Harrell. On Saturday night, July 27, at 8:00pm on the campus of Guilford College, EMF Music Director Gerard Schwarz will lead his friend, and the Festival Orchestra in a performance ofAntonín Dvořák’s Cello Concerto in B minor.
Universities and colleges with a strong focus on research are exploring new revenue opportunities by licensing their discoveries and creating spinoff companies to produce and sell them. Justin Catanoso,
contributing writer with the Business Journal and director of the journalism program at Wake Forest University, discusses how Triad institutions are participating in this trend with WFDD’s Audrey Fannin.
Activists in Winston-Salem and Greensboro plan to join the March Against Monsanto, a worldwide day of protest on Saturday drawing attention to the issue of genetically modified crops.
The effort, fueled by social media, was started earlier this year by a Utah woman after the defeat of a California ballot measure that would have required the labeling of all genetically modified organisms, GMOs.
Summer is just around the corner and that means finding activities to keep your kids busy during the school break. Greensboro Parks & Recreation is teaming up with the city’s police department, City Arts, public libraries and other organizations to create a program that will give teens in Guilford County plenty of things to do.
Ellenor Eubanks Shepherd is a competitive ballroom dancer, and at 81 she’s twirled into regional, national and international spotlights. “It stretches all parts of your body while you keep moving," says Ellenor. "You have to keep up with the music, so you have to stay mentally flexible as well as physically flexible.” She lives in Greensboro and trains at the Fred Astaire Dance Studio on Mill Street.
Big changes are in the works for North Carolina's Commerce Department. Business Journal contributing writer Justin Catanoso discusses what that might mean as the state works to attract new business with WFDD's Audrey Fannin.