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    North Carolina cities are among best performing

    The Milken Institute, an economic think tank out of California, has published their 2017 Best Performing Cities report, and Raleigh comes in #2 in the nation.  Other North Carolina cities also make the list, with Charlotte at #12, Wilmington at #35, and Asheville at #65. The report is limited…
    Julie Tisdale, January 16, 2018
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    Changes to zoning in Wilmington

    Wilmington’s Planning Commission is scheduled to vote on changes to the city’s zoning ordinances on January 29th.  The proposed changes should be welcomed. They also reveal one of the major problems with zoning. The planning commission will be voting on 11 individual changes, and they’re mostly minor amendments to details…
    Julie Tisdale, January 15, 2018
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    Asheville restricts short-term rentals

    In the least surprising move of the week (maybe the month), Asheville passed tighter restrictions on short-term rentals last night.  I wrote yesterday on this blog about why it’s a bad idea.  Asheville should get out of the way of property owners who want to use their homes…
    Julie Tisdale, January 10, 2018
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    Asheville should let the market drive short term rentals

    Tonight, Asheville will join other cities across North Carolina and the nation in voting on greater restrictions on short term rentals.  I’ve written about this issue before, and many of the questions I have for Asheville are the same. In particular, I have to wonder if this…
    Julie Tisdale, January 9, 2018
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    RE: The Story of NASCAR Great Dale Earnhardt

    Thanks to Terry Stoops for blogging about Dale Earnhardt. Not only was Dale the best ever, he was an amazing entrepreneur. Whether on the track or off the track, Dale was a fearless risk-taker and a self-made man. In my eyes, he stands as an example to us all…
    Donna Martinez, December 19, 2017
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    Can states develop better welfare work requirements?

    Workforce participation has stalled or declined among men and women of prime working age. Edward Lazear of Stanford University says 1.5 million jobs are simply “missing”. Existing work requirements for welfare programs have had limited success. Brookings Institution scholar Ron Haskins says in a recent paper the federal government…
    Joseph Coletti, December 8, 2017
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    NC competes, even without incentives

    This might be a first – an entire article about a company considering a move to Raleigh, and not a single mention of incentive grants or tax breaks to get them here.  Instead, Raleigh’s lower cost and tech talent base makes it an attractive relocation site for Appian. The…
    Julie Tisdale, December 7, 2017
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    California’s housing crisis offers lessons to NC

    “The great American single-family home problem” is an excellent piece today from the New York Times.  It looks at the housing crisis in California, but it has lessons for all cities, including those in North Carolina.  It alludes to the importance of Dillon Rule (which I wrote about…
    Julie Tisdale, December 4, 2017