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ECU/PCC Establish an East Coast Pharmaceutical Force

by Madeleine Tingen

According to the Pitt County Development Commission, East Carolina University (ECU) and Pitt Community College (PCC) will partner to establish the Biopharmaceutical Work Force Development and Manufacturing Center of Excellence. With funds provided by the Golden LEAF Foundation, this effort will create the East Coast’s finest training center for biomanufacturing and pharmaceuticals.  Additional support from the North Carolina Community College System’s NCWorks Customized Training and BioNetwork will enhance the planned facilities and programs.

Unanimously voting to provide the largest such grant this year, the Golden LEAF Board of Directors will provide $1,750,000—to ECU ($1,100,000) and PCC ($650,000).  The creation of the Biopharmaceutical Work Force Development and Manufacturing Center of Excellence is a model for economic and work force development collaboration.  PCC, ECU, the NC Community College BioNetwork, and Pitt County are partnering to develop an educational and training infrastructure for a 21st century pharmaceutical services workforce to meet the labor and expertise needs of such companies as Patheon, a leading provider of drug substance and drug product services for the global biopharmaceutical industry.

The Golden LEAF Board of Directors had earlier reserved funding for this purpose as part of North Carolina’s efforts to recruit Patheon to expand in Greenville, NC. Governor Pat McCrory announced this expansion of an estimated 488 jobs in October of 2014. Golden LEAF recognizes the economic and workforce development opportunity at hand and shares the vision of a bright pharmaceutical services future for the region, where over 8,000 people are already directly employed in pharmaceutical manufacturing.  Companies such as RTI, the manufacturer of a sterile biomedical device, are also growing in Pitt County.

Small but mighty, Greenville, NC has ranked in the top 10 on the fDI Magazine’s list of “American Micro Cities of the Future 2015-16.” Ranking in the top ten overall, Greenville also made the top 3 list in two other categories and has been highly ranked on the magazine’s list since its inception in 2011.

Greenville continues to capture the attention of the fDI Magazine produced by The Financial Times Ltd., one of the world’s leading business news organizations, and is recognized internationally for its authority, integrity and accuracy. Providing extensive news, comment and analysis, FT.com is the definitive home for business intelligence on the web, serving as an essential resource for the global business community.

fDI focuses these rankings on a mixture of data and expert opinion to name cities that have the best prospects for inward investment, economic development and business expansion. Greenville falls into the Micro Cities category, which includes cities with populations under 100,000. There are also categories for Major Cities with populations up to 750,000, Large Cities with populations between 250,000 and 750,000 and Small Cities with populations between 100,000 and 250,000.

Ranking highest in the Human Capital and Lifestyle category, Greenville, NC made #2 for Micro Cities. Various factors contribute to this category which is based on such things as number of students, labor force as a percentage of the population, literacy rate, secondary and tertiary enrollment rates, the number of physicians as percentage of population, and gross domestic product.

Greenville, NC continues to grow in popularity with businesses and organizations as an attractive choice and a viable relocation target in which to thrive.

Pitt County Early College School Calendar

by The Pistol Tingen Team
Pitt County Schools Early College High School
 
 
Click the link above to view the academic calendar for the Pitt County Schools Early College High School.

2015 Pitt County High School Graduation Schedule

by The Pistol Tingen Team

The 2015 Pitt County High School Graduation Schedule has been released and shown below.

To download a PDF copy of the shedule, please click here.

 
Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Ayden Grifton 4:00 PM

J.H. Rose 7:30 PM

 

Thursday, June 11, 2015

North Pitt 4:00 PM

D.H. Conley 7:30 PM

 

Friday, June 12, 2015

Farmville Central 4:00 PM

South Central 7:30 PM

Pitt County Schools Early College High School

by Pistol Tingen
Pitt County Schools Early College High School
 
Overview 
The Pitt County Schools Early College High School will open in the fall of 2015 with a promise of providing students with the opportunity to earn a high school diploma and two years of transferable college credit or an Associate's Degree. Located on the campus of Pitt Community College, the PCS Early College will provide a personalized, academically-energized environment at both the high school and college level for students who are first generation college bound and traditionally underrepresented in higher education, particularly in S.T.E.M. fields. PCS Early College will support students through what effectively becomes their first two years of college - typically the most vulnerable period for students from this target population. All for FREE!
 
Goals
  • Improve academic outcomes for all students.
  • South Central Students Promote local business and industry by developing a workforce well prepared for the state's emerging economy through exposure to Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (S.T.E.M.) courses and pathways.
  • Employ a project-based learning approach that actively engages students through lesson plans characterized by inquiry and collaborative work.
  • Create a sense of community and family that supports the social, emotional, physical, and intellectual needs of students.
Highlights
  • Instructional methods will include project-based as well as problem-based learning, performance-based assignments, and cooperative learning.
  • Assessment methods will include portfolio presentation, oral defense, student-led conferencing, and state/locally mandated examinations.
  • Expose students to relevant, real-world scenarios and empower them to make meaningful decisions about their own learning and future goals.
  • Job-shadowing and internships with local business and industry will strengthen students' understanding of S.T.E.M. career pathways and workforce readiness as it relates to curricular direction at Pitt Community College.
  • Support through AVID (Advancement Via Individual Determination) strategies with an emphasis on reinforcing student and organizational skills; seminar/tutorial sessions will be held.
  • Exceptional children will receive services as required. 
For more information, contact principal Wynn Whittington at (252) 830-4200 or wynn.whittington@pitt.k12.nc.us

As evidenced by the charts below, the Greenville, North Carolina and Pitt County area single family real estate market is getting better. When comparing single family home sales year to date with last year to date, significant improvement is apparent. The number of closed sales are up 40% and sales volume is up a whopping 49% compared to this time last year. The prices of single family homes showed improvement as well, increasing by 7%.  For townhomes and condominiums the news is not as rosy. There were no major changes and that market remains somewhat flat. 

For home sellers, the signs shown by the numbers are encouraging. More homes are selling, quite often quicker and for more money.  For home buyers, prices are still a bargain and mortgage interest rates remain at historically low levels. The dream of home ownership can be a reality while being as affordable as ever. 

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Interest Rates Stop Falling and Start Rising

by Pistol Tingen

After a slow steady decline, interest rates started to head up this week. But they're still incredibly low and with home prices still down, it's a great time to buy.

What's New In Greenville 9/16/2011

by Anthony Litz

 

Greenville, NC and East Carolina are growing! Let's take a look at a few new businesses and restaurants.


The Facts:

  • Tastyville Pizza –Pizza Buffet just opened a couple weeks ago. - 1605 E Firetower Rd, Greenville, NC 27858 - (252) 364-8704- http://www.tastyvillepizza.com/ Tastyville Pizza Buffet Greenville NC
  • Mazatlan Mexican Restaurant will be opening a new location in the Arlington Village Shopping Center on the corner of Red Banks and Arlington Blvd - Greenville, NC – (252) 551-3190 - http://mazatlannc.com/
  • The Carolina Ale House is opening this weekend in front of the Greenville Mall, off of Greenville, Blvd. It looks very nice! - 704 SE Greenville Blvd, Greenville, NC 27858 - Phone 252-317-0005 - http://www.carolinaalehouse.com/greenville-nc  Carolina Ale House Greenville NC Opens
  • Pete's Wicked BBQ on Red Banks is now open. (note: The Winterville location is temporarily closed.) 610 A Red Banks Rd, Greenville - 252-353-5353 - http://www.peteswyckedgrill.com/  Pete's Wicked BBQ Greenville NC
  • AT&T Wireless is building a new location at the intersection of Arlington and Greenville Blvd, with-in the Big Lots Shopping Center - http://www.att.com/ AT&T Wireless Greenville NC Arlington and Greenville Blvd Intersection AT&T Wireless Greenville NC
  • BoneFish Grill Restaurant has plans to open a location in the Greenville Square Shopping Center. (aka K-Mart Shopping Center) - http://www.bonefishgrill.com/
  • Mellow Mushroom is coming. It is suppose to be near the the intersection of Arlington and Greenville Blvd. Apparently plan's have been submitted to the City of Greenville for approval. - http://www.mellowfranchise.com
  • Chick-fil-A is currently building a new Winterville, NC location across the street from Sam's Club off of Hwy 11. Due to open Oct 27, 2011 - 4253 Winterville Pkwy, Winterville - http://www.chick-fil-a.com/
  • O'Reilly Auto Parts is about to open a new location near Winterville off of Fire Tower Rd. - 1908 E Fire Tower Rd, Greenville, NC 27858 -  (252) 215-0837 - http://www.oreillyauto.com  O'Reilly Auto Parts Store Greenville NC

Planning Stages & Rumors
  • Dairy Queen is possibly going to build near the Sheetz gas station, across from Pitt Community College on Hwy 11. - http://www.dairyqueen.com
  • Sonic is looking at land for a 4th location in Greenville... - http://www.sonicdrivein.com
  • Ayden, NC is due to get a Wal-Mart Express.  There has been a lot of utility work and land prep seen behind Food Lion and Kerr Drug where the the Wal-Mart would be located. - http://www.walmart.com/
  • Greenville also has a second Wal-Mart location in the works off of Portertown Rd and Hwy 33. - http://www.walmart.com/

 

Got a tip? Or want to see your business on a list like this? Contact us on the website or call at 252-321-6161, we would love to help!

Please understand all information in this article is deemed reliable but not guaranteed.

Foreclosures Are Low, But Inventory is High

by Anthony Litz

 

Foreclosures are down Graphic

Nearly 8% of U.S. mortgages were at least 30 days past due in April but not yet in foreclosure. That was slightly higher than in March, but 16% more than last year, LPS Applied Analytics, which tracks the mortgage market.

Seriously delinquent loans - more than 90 days past due or already in foreclosure - also represented nearly 8% of loans in April. That was down slightly from March and up 11% from a year ago, LPS says.

 Less delinquency eventually set new housing market recovery, but that's far away. About 4.2 million loans are seriously delinquent or in foreclosure. At current sales rates, which will take four years to absorb the inventory, LPS says.

"There is still much water in the boat, but at least we have connected some of the leaks," says Herb Blecher, senior vice president LPS. "Now we can rescue the company out."

Almost 4 million homes have been repossessed by lenders as the housing market began to tank in 2006.

Falling house prices are more likely to drive late payment. "There are a lot of incentive for people to leave their homes," says IHS Global Insight economist Patrick Newport.

However, other factors may slow the arrears, including:

 • Fewer new problem loans. For every 100 loans that were current in November, 1.28% due 60 days in April, data show LPS. That's the lowest percentage in at least three years below the peak of almost 3% in January 2009. Rates for new problem loans are the highest in Nevada, Arizona and Florida.

 • Loan modifications. In April, 22.5% of loans were more than 90 days in arrears one year had become current. That figure was 12.6% in April 2010, LPS, said. Last year, nearly 1.8 million homeowners received a loan modification, 42% from 2009, says the hope and the alliance of mortgage servicers, investors and others. loan modifications often include lower interest rates or longer loan terms.

 • Improved quality of loans. Lenders have tightened lending standards for borrowers who receive loans are less likely to default.

 In April, less than 2% of loans in 2010 was delayed after 12 payments. At the same age, over 6% of loans in 2007 and 2008, there were criminals, the data indicate LPS.

SOURCE: USA Today

Foreclosures Slow Due To New Regulations

by Anthony Litz

 

The foreclosure process is taking longer than ever, which is slowing the foreclosures from coming to market.foreclosure time line calendar

 Recently there is an average 400 day period from the default notice until the day the bank reclaims the property. "That's up from 340 days a year ago and more than double the average 151 days it took to foreclose in the first quarter of 2007, at the start of the nation's foreclosure crisis.", says USA Today.

Experts say the the added delays although increase the homeowners time without monthly payments, the bank and loan-owner's losses become greater.

"April foreclosure activity hit a 40-month low, mainly because of processing delays, RealtyTrac CEO James Saccacio says. Default notices, scheduled auctions and bank repossessions were reported on 219,258 properties in April, down 34% from a year ago."

"In some cases, lenders are taking longer to begin foreclosing on loans more than 90 days delinquent because they're waiting longer to allow for modifications or short sales — when lenders take less for a house than what's owed — or other alternatives, Saccacio says."

 

Call The Pistol Tingen Team at 252-321-6161 or send us an email if you would like any information regarding the subject of foreclosures.  We are a wealth of information; please don't hesitate to contact us with any questions or for advice.

 

Resources: USA TODAY,

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