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09/17/2014Electric Battery Maker Taking Over Old Philip Morris Plant in N.C.

Sept. 17--The former Philip Morris plant site in Concord will apparently become home to an electric battery manufacturing operation, according to help wanted ads placed online by the firm. A company called Victory Industrial Park LLC, initially identified only as a clean-energy firm, bought the 2,100-acre campus in April for $68.5 million. The company declined at the time to say exactly what ...
09/17/2014Pharmaceutical Firm Announces $100M Plant Expansion in Columbia, S.C.

Sept. 17--COLUMBIA -- Pharmaceutical products manufacturer The Ritedose Corp. announced Wednesday it plans to expand its Columbia facility and add 65 jobs over five years. The $100 million expansion could add more than 80,000 square feet of space to the company's existing 120,000-square-foot manufacturing and packaging facility, the company said in a press release. The expansion is contingent ...
09/17/2014Miami Beach Prepares Stormwater Infrastructure for Extreme High Tides

MIAMI BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Climate change is not only already visible in iconic South Beach, but so is climate change adaptation, in the form of new storm water pumps meant to keep rising sea levels from swamping low-lying streets, city officials said Wednesday. Extreme high tides in the fall and spring push seawater up through aging infrastructure, flooding some Miami Beach streets with more ...
09/16/2014West Palm Beach OKs All Aboard's Request to Close Rail Crossings

Sept. 16--West Palm Beach commissioners on Monday gave All Aboard Florida their blessing to close two downtown rail crossings so that the private venture can build a new station for its express passenger train service planned between Miami and Orlando. With little discussion, the commission unanimously approved All Aboard's request to close the Florida East Coast Railroad crossings at Evernia ...
09/15/2014UCF Plans to Build $75M Downtown Orlando Campus

Sept. 15--The University of Central Florida -- which already has a massive and growing campus in east Orange County -- is moving quickly on a plan to build a $75 million satellite campus in downtown Orlando. The downtown campus would be a joint endeavor between UCF and Valencia College and would be part of Creative Village, the fledgling development that's supposed to rise from the site of ...
09/15/2014Duke Energy To Spend $500M on Solar Power to Meet N.C. Renewable Targets

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Duke Energy plans to invest $500 million in solar power to meet North Carolina's requirement that more of its electricity come from renewable energy, the country's largest electricity company said Monday. The Charlotte-based company said it will build three generating facilities of its own and buy power from five other facilities built by investors in order to meet its ...
09/14/2014VA Breaks Ground on Medical Simulation Training Center Near Orlando

Sept. 14--The Veterans Administration broke ground for a national medical simulation training center at Lake Nona's Medical City, as part of the campus of the new Veterans Medical Center under construction. The new 52,000-square-foot Veterans Health Administration Simulation Learning, Education and Research Network National Simulation Center -- SimLEARN for short -- will use simulation and ...
09/14/2014All Aboard to Ask West Palm Beach to Close Two Downtown Rail Crossings

Sept. 14--All Aboard Florida will ask West Palm Beach commissioners Monday for permission to close two downtown railroad crossings so it can build a train station for its express passenger service planned to run between Miami and Orlando on the Florida East Coast railway tracks. City officials, however, caution that the decision is largely ministerial. Ultimately it will be up to state's ...
09/12/2014Disney World Is Building 'Frozen' Attraction

Sept. 12--Disney's "Frozen" was a huge blockbuster so it makes sense that Disney will try to capitalize on the popularity of the animated film with a "Frozen" attraction at Walt Disney World. Disney announced Friday that construction has begun for a "Frozen" attraction at the Norway Pavilion in the Epcot section of Disney World. The new attraction will replace Maelstrom, a dark boat ride, that ...
09/12/2014NC Leaders Vow to End Abuse of 'Independent Contractor' Status for Workers

Sept. 12--State leaders promised change this week after years of regulatory malaise that has enabled a labor scheme that cheats vulnerable workers and robs the state and federal government of nearly one-half billion dollars each year from North Carolina alone. Gov. Pat McCrory said Thursday that he will endorse and help shepherd legislation to penalize companies that knowingly and improperly ...
09/11/2014Charlotte, N.C., Developer Seeks Rezoning for $60M Mixed-Use Project

Sept. 11--Charlotte developer Goode Properties is seeking to rezone 1.7 acres across the street from the Metropolitan development for a mixed-use project that would feature a hotel, residences, offices and retail space. The project, Baxter Place, would be built on roughly three-quarters of a one-block area east of South Kings Drive. Project plans also call for five townhomes and a six-level, ...
09/11/2014All Aboard Florida Chooses Siemens to Supply Trains

Sept. 11--All Aboard Florida's express rail service connecting Miami to Orlando will use locomotives and passenger coaches built by Siemens, a global company with strong ties to central Florida. The diesel-electric locomotives and stainless steel coaches will be built at Siemens solar-powered rail manufacturing hub in Sacramento, Calif., the companies announced Thursday. All Aboard Florida ...
09/11/2014Miami-Dade Black Leaders: School Contracts Short-Change Minority Firms

Sept. 11--Black-owned businesses want a fair shot at landing contracts with the Miami-Dade County school district as it rolls out a $1.2 billion bond program. On Wednesday, community leaders called for bond spending to stop until issues with minority contracting can be worked out. "This is about institutional racism and systemic racism," said Ron Frazier, CEO of BAC Funding Corporation, a ...
09/11/2014Financial Deal in Place, $2.3B I-4 Reconstruction Set to Start in Early 2015

Sept. 11--The final financial hurdle has been cleared for the $2.3 billion makeover of Interstate 4 through downtown Orlando. That means construction on the so-called "I-4 Ultimate" should begin early next year on what promises to be the largest public works project in Central Florida history. I-4 Mobility Partners, a consortium led by the international conglomerate Skanska, has been awarded ...
09/10/2014Miami's Jungle Island Plans Giant Transformation

Sept. 10--When John Dunlap walks through Jungle Island, the 18-acre attraction on Miami's Watson Island that he has overseen for the last year, he can barely take a step without pointing out something that's about to change. At the open, earth-toned entry section: "Our goal is to enhance the entry in a big way." At a walkway covered with a metal roof: "It does the job, but architecturally it ...
09/09/2014Feds Award Florida $20M for Everglades Bridge Project

Sept. 09--Everglades National Park and the state of Florida will receive $20 million to complete a 2.6-mile stretch of bridge on the Tamiami Trail needed to move freshwater into the parched southern Everglades, U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson and the National Parks Conservation Association said Tuesday. Efforts to bridge the Tamiami Trail, which has dammed up the Everglades since it was constructed in ...
09/09/2014Coast Guard to Hold Hearings on All Aboard Florida's Maritime Impact

Sept. 09--U.S. Rep. Patrick Murphy's office announced Tuesday that the U.S. Coast Guard will hold two hearings regarding the maritime impact of the proposed All Aboard Florida project. The announcement of the public comment meetings comes after Murphy met with Coast Guard Rear Admiral John H. Korn in July to express his opposition to the high-speed rail and made a formal request for the Coast ...
09/09/2014Ga. Gov Says Agreement to Deepen Port of Savannah Harbor Almost Ready

SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) — Gov. Nathan Deal said Tuesday he expects an agreement with the federal government to be finalized later this month allowing Georgia to spend $266 million of its own money upfront to start deepening the busy shipping channel to the Port of Savannah. If Georgia can sign a cost-sharing agreement with the Army Corps of Engineers before October, it's possible dredging could get ...
09/07/2014New Office Tower In the Works for Downtown Orlando

Sept. 07--Red Lobster's upcoming move to a CNL tower next to Orlando City Hall has developers planning another office highrise for a downtown that has drawn more apartment tenants than new employees in recent years. Although no formal plans have been submitted to the city, both CNL and Highwoods are seeking anchor tenants for long-envisioned office towers. CNL hopes to make an announcement ...
09/07/2014NNSA Still Working to Place MOX Project in Standby Mode

Sept. 07--The National Nuclear Security Administration, or NNSA, reported it is still working with Shaw AREVA MOX Services, the contractor for the Savannah River Site's Mixed Oxide Fuel Fabrication Facility, to place the program in a cold standby at the top of the fiscal year. The Aiken Standard asked for updates on MOX on Aug. 27. NNSA Deputy Press Secretary Derrick Robinson wrote in an email ...
09/06/2014Miami Worldcenter Development Back on Track

Sept. 06--After getting unexpectedly stalled in June by Miami's planning board amid concerns over public access and the impact of proposed zoning changes, developers of the Miami Worldcenter mega-project now seem to have all their ducks neatly in a row as they head to three critical city commission votes next week. Thursday's commission votes, to approve certain new zoning rules and a ...
09/05/2014Billionaire Investor Sues Developer of Central Florida Project

Sept. 05--A billionaire investor has sued a high-profile Orlando developer, claiming the value of an Apopka project was overstated to attract financial backing. The complaint was filed in Orange County Circuit Court last week by DCS Holdings against Maitland attorney Jim Palmer and his affiliated development groups. Palmer has denied the accusations. Palmer and his affiliates have been ...
09/04/2014Investigation: 20% of Florida Contractors Wrongly Misclassified Workers

Sept. 04--MIAMI -- Sandie Domando plays by the rules. And that's why Concrete Plus, the Palm Beach Gardens construction company where she's an executive vice president, has little interest in bidding for government work. "We bid it to win," Domando said. "And we know we don't have a chance on most of those government jobs." But during the recession, when the shock waves of the financial crisis ...
09/04/2014MOX Contractor Requests 10-Year Extension to Complete Construction

Sept. 04--The contractor for the Savannah River Site's Mixed Oxide Fuel Fabrication Facility, or MOX, requested an additional 10 years to complete construction of the facility to stay in good, legal standing during future construction of the facility. In a May 12 letter recently obtained by SRS Watch, Shaw AREVA MOX Services asked the Nuclear Regulatory Commission, or NRC, to extend the ...
09/03/2014Funding for Civil Courthouse Project to Go to Miami-Dade Voters

Sept. 03--Miami-Dade County voters will decide in November if county government may raise property taxes to help pay $393 million in debt for a new civil courthouse. Key questions remain unanswered, including where the courthouse would go, who would build it and what would happen to the existing historic building at 73 W. Flagler St. But commissioners appeared persuaded by pleas from judges, ...

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