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Electric Buses Debut in North Carolina

October 12, 2017

The days of public buses pulling away from a bus stop with the loud growl of a diesel engine and a cloud of black smoke could become a thing of the past.  The company Proterra makes fully electric buses, and North Carolina will soon see four of these buses hit their streets.  The governing board for … Continued

What’s the deal with modular construction?

September 21, 2017

In May of this year, Marriott International announced that it would ramp up the use of modular construction in its hotels. Marriott said they anticipated signing on at least 50 hotels in 2017 alone that would be primarily modular, citing that this type of construction would enable them to generate r … Continued

Waste Not, Want Not: Local Financing Options for Renewable Energy from Swine Waste in North Carolina

May 6, 2014

Eastern North Carolina is home to the densest industrial swine farming activity in the world.  The pork production industry is foundational to the eastern North Carolina economy, accounting for 11,821 jobs and over $200 million in wages (UNC Chapel Hill, 2013).  This activity comes with a cost, howe … Continued

What Works in Economic Development: Innovation?

March 6, 2012

Jonathan Morgan is a School of Government faculty member. This is the fourth post in a series that explores the critical question of what works in economic development? Previous posts have focused on business incubation and suburban revitalization.  For one analyst, the most obvious answer to the qu … Continued

Countervailing Trends

June 9, 2010

Rick Morse is a School of Government faculty member. “Practical futurist” Michael Rogers recently gave a keynote speech at a Triangle J forum in Durham about how technological innovations are transforming society. It was an excellent and thought provoking speech. At the same time, I’ve also been rea … Continued