Category Archives: Economic development

A MLS expansion update

Per ESPN: Major League Soccer hopes to push forward with plans to bring a new club to St. Louis as early as 2020, commissioner Don Garber says. With MLS looking to grow to 28 teams in the near future, Garber met with the chairman of the St. Louis Sports Commission, Dave Peacock, in New YorkContinue Reading

Three quick Carolina Panthers predictions

1. Regardless of whether the Panthers win or lose the big game on Sunday, ticket prices will go up next year. 2. In the wake of the Carolina Panthers’ success this year, the issue of a long-term stadium deal will come up again soon. The Panthers, not the city, owns the stadium the team playsContinue Reading

Atlanta arena overhaul estimated to cost $200 million+

From the Atlanta Journal-Constitution: Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed says a renovation of Philips Arena, key to keeping the Atlanta Hawks in downtown, could be a $200 million to $300 million project, and the public’s tab could be as high as $150 million. Reed’s comments in an interview Monday with The Atlanta Journal-Constitution were the firstContinue Reading

A Charlotte soccer fail

Forbes has an article out saying that “Copa America could be biggest sporting event in U.S. this summer.” They may well be correct: The Copa America Centenario, also referred to as the Centennial Copa America, is coming to ten cities in the U.S. in Summer 2016. It will likely include soccer stars that only needContinue Reading

St. Louis has to pay over $16 million for a stadium that won’t be built

Though all told the city may be getting off light in losing the NFL Rams franchise, considering how much money it would lose if the Rams stayed in town: The city is on the hook for the money after its failed attempt to build a riverfront stadium to entice the Rams to remain in St.Continue Reading

This weekend on Carolina Journal Radio

A March 15 primary election date means an early start for the 2016 campaign season. Rick Henderson profiles some of the most interesting races on primary ballots for the next edition of Carolina Journal Radio. Kari Travis discusses the controversy surrounding the selection of a new University of North Carolina president, and you’ll hear highlightsContinue Reading

New Carolina Journal Online features

Barry Smith reports for Carolina Journal Online on a recommendation that N.C. state government drop its economic development “tiers.” John Hood’s Daily Journal focuses on the impact the 2016 Republican presidential nominee could have on N.C. elections.

‘Drunk Town’ campaign latest instance of central planning confusion

If you live near the Triangle and watch commercial television (or subscribe to the News & Observer), you’ve probably noticed the rather comical “drunk town” commercials and print ads orchestrated by Democratic political pollster Dean Debnam (co-founder of Public Policy Polling) attacking candidates for City Council who want downtown Raleigh to be a vibrant, energetic,Continue Reading