WilmingtonBiz Talk

Greater Wilmington Business Journal

WilmingtonBiz Talk is a weekly interview program on Facebook Live, which is rebroadcast on YouTube and numerous podcasting platforms. The Business Journal newsroom selects guests based on current events so our community can hear directly from newsmakers.

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WilmingtonBiz Talk on the manufacturing workforce
Jun 20 2022
WilmingtonBiz Talk on the manufacturing workforce
The cover story for the June 17 Greater Wilmington Business Journal issue focuses on training and the workforce pipeline for the area’s manufacturing sector.North Carolina, like many other states, faces a severe shortage of manufacturing workers as companies bring their operations back to the United States. The N.C. Department of Commerce estimates that the state will need nearly 500,000 more manufacturing workers by 2028 – almost 7,500 in the Wilmington area alone.Officials working on that topic join us for today’s BizTalk. We’ll speak with Cape Fear Community College officials on training initiatives as well as local manufacturers about what they’re seeing in the market and how they’re planning for future needs.Jon Barber, General Manager, JCC Outdoor Products Inc.-Wilmington Grill Wilmington-based JCC Outdoor Products makes products for outdoor use out of heavy-duty stainless steel, including fire pits and tables. The company manufactures the Wilmington Grill line, which distributes nationally. Jon Barber’s family purchased the Wilmington Grill brand in 2011.Erin Easton, Workforce Training Coordinator, CFCC In her role at CFCC, Erin Easton implements, markets and coordinates workforce training. She partners with the local community organizations, K-12 schools and businesses to determine needs and viable training. Before this role, Easton spent 12 years in career college administration and worked as the business engagement manager at the Cape Fear Workforce Development Board and formed the Cape Fear Manufacturing Partnership, a group of area manufacturing executives that started meeting in 2020.James Flock, General Manager, Blair-HSM Jim Flock has lived and worked in the Wilmington area for seven years. He is the general manager of HSM Machine Works, a growing aerospace manufacturer, a member of the Cape Fear Workforce Development Board and the member of the Cape Fear Manufacturing Partnership.WilmingtonBiz Talk is a weekly interview program on Facebook Live, which is rebroadcast on YouTube and numerous podcasting platforms. The Business Journal newsroom selects guests based on current events so our community can hear directly from newsmakers.
WilmingtonBiz Talk on the manufacturing workforce
Jun 20 2022
WilmingtonBiz Talk on the manufacturing workforce
The cover story for the June 17 Greater Wilmington Business Journal issue focuses on training and the workforce pipeline for the area’s manufacturing sector.North Carolina, like many other states, faces a severe shortage of manufacturing workers as companies bring their operations back to the United States. The N.C. Department of Commerce estimates that the state will need nearly 500,000 more manufacturing workers by 2028 – almost 7,500 in the Wilmington area alone.Officials working on that topic join us for today’s BizTalk. We’ll speak with Cape Fear Community College officials on training initiatives as well as local manufacturers about what they’re seeing in the market and how they’re planning for future needs.Jon Barber, General Manager, JCC Outdoor Products Inc.-Wilmington Grill Wilmington-based JCC Outdoor Products makes products for outdoor use out of heavy-duty stainless steel, including fire pits and tables. The company manufactures the Wilmington Grill line, which distributes nationally. Jon Barber’s family purchased the Wilmington Grill brand in 2011.Erin Easton, Workforce Training Coordinator, CFCC In her role at CFCC, Erin Easton implements, markets and coordinates workforce training. She partners with the local community organizations, K-12 schools and businesses to determine needs and viable training. Before this role, Easton spent 12 years in career college administration and worked as the business engagement manager at the Cape Fear Workforce Development Board and formed the Cape Fear Manufacturing Partnership, a group of area manufacturing executives that started meeting in 2020.James Flock, General Manager, Blair-HSM Jim Flock has lived and worked in the Wilmington area for seven years. He is the general manager of HSM Machine Works, a growing aerospace manufacturer, a member of the Cape Fear Workforce Development Board and the member of the Cape Fear Manufacturing Partnership.WilmingtonBiz Talk is a weekly interview program on Facebook Live, which is rebroadcast on YouTube and numerous podcasting platforms. The Business Journal newsroom selects guests based on current events so our community can hear directly from newsmakers.
WilmingtonBiz Talk about Project Indigo
Jun 16 2022
WilmingtonBiz Talk about Project Indigo
The developers of a long-discussed mixed-use project in Southport joined BizTalk on May 19 to give an update on their plans.In 2020, Bald Head Island Limited and East West Partners proposed a nearly 400-acre, $565-million development dubbed Project Indigo. Plans call for single-family homes, apartments, townhomes, duplexes and commercial space.It would add onto the existing Indigo Plantation neighborhood and marina in Southport.Earlier this year, the developers submitted a master plan and rezoning request to the city’s planning board, which is slated to meet June 16 to make its recommendation about the project. The board’s recommendation then goes to the city’s board of aldermen to weigh in on the plans, which also call for the city to annex the property that’s currently outside city lines.Meet our Guests:Chad Paul, CEO, Bald Head Island Limited LLC-Mitchell Family Corp Chad Paul leads the entity that is the principal developer and resort operator of Bald Head Island, an island resort that’s 3 miles off the southern coast of Southport. Paul also currently serves as managing partner of Harbor Island Partners LLC, a private equity firm headquartered in Wilmington since 2000.Roger Perry, Founder & President, East West Partners Roger Perry heads up Chapel Hill-based East West Partners, which describes itself as having developed more residential real estate than anyone in North Carolina since its founding in 1983. East West developed River Place in downtown Wilmington.WilmingtonBiz Talk is a weekly interview program on Facebook Live, which is rebroadcast on YouTube and numerous podcasting platforms. The Business Journal newsroom selects guests based on current events so our community can hear directly from newsmakers.
WilmingtonBiz Talk on offshore wind leasing
May 18 2022
WilmingtonBiz Talk on offshore wind leasing
A federal agency has provisionally awarded the rights to plan two wind farms off Southeastern North Carolina’s coast to two companies that offered $315 million.The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM)’s auction happened Wednesday for two lease areas in the Wilmington East Wind Energy Area, totaling nearly 110,100 acres. One lease provisionally sold for $160 million to TotalEnergies Renewables USA, and the other lease went for $155 million to Duke Energy Renewables Wind.If developed, the areas could generate up to 1.3 gigawatts, enough to power half a million homes, according to the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management.In February, BOEM tentatively awarded six leases at New York Bight, luring the highest offshore lease bids on record, with the companies bidding a combined $4.37 billion for 488,000 acres, or roughly $8,900 an acre.Joining today’s BizTalk to discuss the leases and what happens next is Katharine Kollins, president of the Southeastern Wind Coalition, a nonprofit that advocates for renewable wind energy.Our Guest:Katharine Kollins, Southeastern Wind Coalition President In her current role, Katharine Kollins manages Southeastern Wind Coalition’s programming across 11 states to promote land-based, offshore and imported wind power. She previously worked in finance for Boston-based developer First Wind, consulting with Vestas R&D to formulate a federal grant funding strategy, and a role as business development manager for The Wind Alliance.WilmingtonBiz Talk is a weekly interview program on Facebook Live, which is rebroadcast on YouTube and numerous podcasting platforms. The Business Journal newsroom selects guests based on current events so our community can hear directly from newsmakers.
WilmingtonBiz Talk on New Hanover County transformations
Jan 14 2022
WilmingtonBiz Talk on New Hanover County transformations
Transformational projects led by New Hanover County are expected to make progress this year, including Project Grace, The Healing Place and the redevelopment of the county government complex.Project Grace refers to the redevelopment of a county-owned downtown block to include a new main branch of the county’s public library and a new Cape Fear Museum. The mixed-use development, which is still in design phases, is a public-private partnership between the county and Wilmington-based Zimmer Development Co.Construction for The Healing Place, a peer-led residential drug and alcohol recovery facility on Medical Center Drive, began in early 2021.Another public-private partnership, the transformation of the county government complex to include new county facilities and private development, is also currently underway with GHK Cape Fear Development.Joining WilmingtonBiz Talk are County Manager Chris Coudriet and Sara Warmuth, the county’s chief facilities officer, to discuss the status of the planned structures and those under construction.The panel:Chris Coudriet, New Hanover County ManagerChris Coudriet serves as chief administrator of the county government and maintains responsibility for administering all departments under the general control of the five-member board of commissioners. He has been county manager since 2012.Sara Warmuth, New Hanover County Chief Facilities OfficerSara Warmuth is New Hanover County’s chief facilities officer and has served with the county since July 2018. She oversees the county’s fleet management, custodial work, maintenance of all county buildings and management of the county’s construction and renovation projects.WilmingtonBiz Talk is a weekly interview program on Facebook Live, which is rebroadcast on YouTube and numerous podcasting platforms. The Business Journal newsroom selects guests based on current events so our community can hear directly from newsmakers.
Special: WilmingtonBiz Talk with county endowment's new President & CEO
Jan 5 2022
Special: WilmingtonBiz Talk with county endowment's new President & CEO
In a special BizTalk hear from the New Hanover Community Endowment’s newly named president and CEO.Endowment officials named William Buster as head of the more than $1.2 billion fund created from the sale of New Hanover Regional Medical Center to Novant Health.Buster, who comes to Wilmington after serving as senior vice president of impact with Asheville-based Dogwood Health Trust, will help get New Hanover County's new endowment program and community grants process going. He starts in the new role March 1.Joining Buster is the endowment’s board chair Spence Broadhurst and vice chair Hannah Dawson Gage to talk about the next steps for the fund.William Buster, New Hanover Community Endowment President and CEOWilliam Buster starts as the New Hanover Community Endowment president and CEO on March 1. He is senior vice president of impact with Asheville’s Dogwood Health Trust, which was formed in 2018 after HCA Healthcare bought the nonprofit Mission Health System there. Buster earned a bachelor’s degree from N.C. Agricultural & Technical University and master’s degree in policy and practice of development from the University of New Hampshire as well as an executive education certificate in mastering negotiation from the Harvard Kennedy School of Government.Spence Broadhurst, New Hanover Community Endowment Board ChairSpence Broadhurst, president of the Eastern North Carolina region for First National Bank, served as co-chair of the Partnership Advisory Group assembled to work through the process of evaluating NHRMC’s future and ultimately negotiating to sell the system to Novant. A former mayor of Wilmington (2003- 06), he also previously served as N.C. Banking Commission commissioner.Hannah Dawson Gage, New Hanover Community Endowment Board Vice ChairHannah Dawson Gage also served on the Partnership Advisory Group. Gage, a retired media executive and former owner of Cape Fear Broadcasting, served on the UNC Board of Governors for 16 years including as chair. She also has served as chair of the UNCW Board of Trustees.WilmingtonBiz Talk is a weekly interview program on Facebook Live, which is rebroadcast on YouTube and numerous podcasting platforms. The Business Journal newsroom selects guests based on current events so our community can hear directly from newsmakers.