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Enterprising $54 Million ECU Campus-Edge Student Housing Project Launched

Two local Greenville developers, Taft Development Group and Ward Holdings, announced the initiation of the prodigious student housing project that will be located near downtown Greenville and the main campus of East Carolina University. The five-story mixed-use facility will feature 275 student apartments containing a total of 675 bedrooms.

Plans project that the complex will open in August 2017—just in time to welcome arriving ECU students for the Fall Semester. Students will have the choice of 16 floorplans with studios, 1 bedroom, 2 bedroom, 3 bedroom and 4 bedroom units. Each floor plan will be fully furnished, include private bathrooms and contain upgrades such as granite countertops and plank floors. The housing project will provide a high-tech state-of-the-art security system with cameras, electronic access control and high speed wireless internet.

In addition to the student housing, the tower complex will contain 20,000 square feet of retail space, a 700-car parking deck, courtyards, resort-style pool, outdoor amenity center, state-of-the-art fitness center and a roof-top sky-view terrace. The complex will be located across the street from the recently announced $122 Million ECU Student Union that is scheduled to commence construction Summer 2015. Students also will enjoy the convenience of a short 3 minute walk to the 150,000 square foot Student Recreation Center, Joyner library and the new world-class Student Union.

Enterprising $54 Million ECU Campus-Edge Student Housing Project Launched

Two local Greenville developers, Taft Development Group and Ward Holdings, announced the initiation of the prodigious student housing project that will be located near downtown Greenville and the main campus of East Carolina University. The five-story mixed-use facility will feature 275 student apartments containing a total of 675 bedrooms.

Plans project that the complex will open in August 2017—just in time to welcome arriving ECU students for the Fall Semester. Students will have the choice of 16 floorplans with studios, 1 bedroom, 2 bedroom, 3 bedroom and 4 bedroom units. Each floor plan will be fully furnished, include private bathrooms and contain upgrades such as granite countertops and plank floors. The housing project will provide a high-tech state-of-the-art security system with cameras, electronic access control and high speed wireless internet.

In addition to the student housing, the tower complex will contain 20,000 square feet of retail space, a 700-car parking deck, courtyards, resort-style pool, outdoor amenity center, state-of-the-art fitness center and a roof-top sky-view terrace. The complex will be located across the street from the recently announced $122 Million ECU Student Union that is scheduled to commence construction Summer 2015. Students also will enjoy the convenience of a short 3 minute walk to the 150,000 square foot Student Recreation Center, Joyner library and the new world-class Student Union.

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

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.

ECU Offers Online Classes in Virtual 3D World, Second Life

by Anthony Litz

Student Rentals: Still A Great Investment!

by Anthony Litz

Over 19 million people are currently attending or enrolled at colleges and universities in the united states.  Many of these students attend schools away from home and need a place to live, which makes this investment niche thrive!  Experts say this market will flourish until at least 2018, when the last baby-boomer's children enter college.

ecu student housing rental investment Today's students look for homes with the most amenities, such as appliance-filled kitchens, furnished units and washer/dryers. Not often thought of, many students look for fenced-in backyards for their privacy or dogs.  Almost always a rental with a fenced yard rents faster.

Investors can look forward to rental incomes that are sometimes 10-20% greater than with normal tenants.  But on the other hand, time and money put into managing these kind of properties also increases by about 10%, according to an expert that owns over 50 rental homes across the United States.  In Greenville, NC the East Carolina University student properties are almost always occupied with renters, but these type of homes do have more turn over due to a young lifestyle and roommates that come and go.  Single-families stay at rental houses longer than students typically.

Pitt County and ECU offer a lot of opportunity for investors and landlords!  We enjoy a growing student population that will soon have a major increase with the new Dental School, which starts their first class in August of 2011.  "East Carolina University is the academic home to over 27,000 students and is a constituent member of The University of North Carolina", according to their website. There are always good potential rentals in our market for sale, including quite a few single family homes, duplexes and an apartment building from time-to-time.

Would you like more tips? Want a free list of potential university rental properties to look at?  Please call or email us, we are happy to help whether you are a seasoned or new investor!

 

Resources: Realtor.com & ECU.edu

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