Sam Hieb

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Posts by Sam Hieb (page 9)

  • Charlotte City Council rejects four-year terms

    Charlotte Observer reports the City Council rejected a proposal for four-year terms by a 7-3 vote. What’s interesting is the reasoning behind some council members’ ‘no’ vote: Council member LaWana Mayfield said council members need more time between elections. “This is not a part-time job,” said Mayfield, who also…
    Sam Hieb, February 12, 2019
  • Winston-Salem children’s museum–$30 million

    Scanning the headlines this morning, looking for blogable material, I came across this headline in the Winston-Salem Journal: Forsyth County commissioners moving toward vote on paying for Kaleideum project Not exactly earth-shattering news, I think to myself, because how much can a children’s museum cost? Well: The Forsyth County…
    Sam Hieb, February 8, 2019
  • ‘Troubled’ Cross Charlotte Trail: $7.5m per mile

    You can read the Charlotte Observer article on the ‘troubled’ Cross Charlotte Trail or you just look at the chart below–which I believe is self-explanatory. The Uptown Paper of Record says (emphasis mine): The Cross Charlotte Trail was meant to be one of the city’s signature projects, running…
    Sam Hieb, February 6, 2019
  • Four-year terms for Charlotte City Council?

    Last week we discussed the Greensboro City Council’s first four-year term as it stands at the halfway point. Today we learn the Charlotte City Council is taking serious steps toward four-year terms: While a few members think the council should take a vote to give themselves four-year…
    Sam Hieb, February 5, 2019
  • Report: Close 10 Guilford County schools and $1.5 billion bond (?)

    The $900,000 consultant’s study on the condition of Guilford County Schools is in and it’s a shocker—close 10 schools and spend close to $1.5 billion “to get all its school buildings across the district to a ‘new…
    Sam Hieb, February 4, 2019
  • N.C. economic development partnership is ‘falling short’

    I’m skeptical of any so-called ‘economic development’ initiative, especially those labeled “public-private partnerships.” So it turns out —-according to the News & Observer– that North Carolina’s economic development “public-private partnership” is falling short. The N&O cites a report from the legislature’s nonpartisan Program Evaluation Division on the Economic Development…
    Sam Hieb, January 31, 2019
  • Re: Expanding Medicaid in North Carolina

    BH Media’s northern bureau covers a forum at Rockingham Community College —-sponsored by the North Carolina Justice Center—on the expansion of Medicaid in North Carolina. As reported by the paper, the majority of speakers were in favor of Medicaid expansion and some became emotional: “This is about basic…
    Sam Hieb, January 30, 2019
  • How much to raise Guilford County’s profile?

    Rhino Times reports on the Guilford County Economic Development Alliance’s first meeting of the year. At that meeting, the annual budget was set. Given GCEDA has just over $103,000 in the bank, the $100,000 each from Greensboro, High Point and Guilford County governments will push the budget to over…
    Sam Hieb, January 29, 2019