Friday, November 30, 2012
Five emerging tech companies, including three in Durham (Arcametrics Systems, PopUp, and Starfish ), will share some $200,000 in the latest round of grants from the economic development group NC IDEA.
Thursday, November 29, 2012
Deputy Chief Daniel Curia has been appointed as the interim chief of the Durham Fire Department. Curia fills the interim chief spot left vacant by Chief Bruce T. Pagan, Jr., who will retire December 1, 2012.
Durham-based Harris Inc. has merged with a Henderson-based company of the same name. The newly named Harris Beverages LLC will distribute beer, soft drinks, water and the like in seven counties, including Durham, Orange and Person.
Durham-based SJF Ventures, a green investor, says it has closed on a majority of its third fund, which is worth $75 million. Investors included U.S. banks, foundations, family offices and mutual funds.
Wednesday, November 28, 2012
A new Sylvan Learning Center is slated to open in December in Durham at 5117 Highgate Drive, Suite 100, in Durham. Sylvan Learning Center is a national franchise operation that sells pre-kindergarten through 12th-grade tutoring services.
Hakanai, a pop-up Japanese-inspired restaurant will open for dinner February 1-3 at The Cookery.
Duke head football coach David Cutcliffe has been named the 2012 ACC Coach of the Year as voted on by the Atlantic Coast Sports Media Association.
This week Biogen Idec will celebrate the opening of its newest building on its Research Triangle Park Campus, a 190,000-square-foot Bio26 administration building.
Tuesday, November 27, 2012
Fuquay Varina-based DKNC Ventures partnered to buy a medical office building and nearby property on North Roxboro Street for nearly $3.8 million, and is planning to renovate the building and build a new Kerr Drug.
Gwen Waddell-Schultz, the associate chief of nursing education and medicine at the Durham Veterans Administration Medical Center, has been inducted into the N.C. Nurses Association Hall of Fame.
Duke University’s Schools of Medicine and Nursing have partnered with Johnson & Johnson to create the Duke-Johnson & Johnson Nurse Leadership Program, which is designed to develop the leadership and management skills of advanced practice nurses.
Monday, November 26, 2012
Durham-based Canines Inc. will launch Dognition.com to the public in January, which features dog personality tests and cognitive assessments.
About 100 people ceremonially broke ground on Durham Central Park Cohousing Community's five-story, 24-unit condominium complex at 130 Hunt St. The design is eco-friendly, energy-efficient and neighborly, with ground-floor common areas visually open to the street and corrugated metal, concrete and masonry facades meant to blend into the area’s industrial character.
N.C. Central University senior Korey Mercer from Durham is one of 17 college students across the state to receive the 2012 Community Impact Award, which recognizes college students who make significant, innovative efforts to address local community needs.
Wednesday, November 21, 2012
As a part of a $720 million acquisition deal, the 174,000-square-foot light manufacturing facility in north Durham’s Treyburn business park now belongs to Corning Inc., along with the majority of BD’s Discovery Labware business. Included in the Corning deal was BD’s. The building was transferred to Corning this month in a real estate transaction valued at $33 million.
Tuesday, November 20, 2012
James Joseph, former ambassador to South Africa and the leader in residence at Duke University’s Hart Leadership Program, has received the Distinguished Leadership Award at the 2012 International Leadership Association conference.
The New York Academy of Medicine has awarded the 2012 Lewis Rudin Glaucoma Prize to W. Daniel Stamer, a professor of ophthalmology at Duke University School of Medicine. The prize recognizes the most significant scholarly article on glaucoma published in a peer-reviewed journal in the prior calendar year.
Square 1 Financial, Inc. has announced that Dr. Seth Rudnick has joined the Board of Directors of both Square 1 Financial, Inc. and Square 1 Bank. Rudnick has an extensive background in the venture capital industry, as well as over 30 years of comprehensive experience in the biotechnology, healthcare and pharmaceutical industries.
Raleigh real estate investor Mark Andrews’ TME Investments paid $4.5 million for the four office buildings in the Miami North Office Park, a 13-year-old office park at the intersection of South Miami Boulevard and Chin Page Road in Durham.
The Rice Diet Program, a weight loss clinic that has operated in Durham since 1939, has temporarily closed until January, as it seeks to overhaul its business model.
The Durham Bulls Athletic Park will host the 2013 Atlantic Coast Conference Baseball Championship next May 22-26, 2013. Full tournament passes for the 2013 ACC Baseball Championship are now on sale.
Monday, November 19, 2012
Former Durham City Councilman Thomas Stith III is directing Governor-elect Pat McCrory’s transition team which is comprised of a 10- to 15-member transition staff that is putting together an administration in less than two-months.
Friday, November 16, 2012
City Manager Tom Bonfield has named William Bowman “Bo” Ferguson as the new deputy city manager. Ferguson comes to the City of Durham with 16 years of experience in local government management, most recently as the city manager of the City of Hendersonville, N.C.
American Underground, a hub for new and emerging businesses in downtown Durham, is expanding. The business accelerator, located in the American Tobacco Historic District, is leasing a second location, where it will offer another 22,000 square feet to house up to 50 fledgling companies.
The Durham-based parent company of Mechanics & Farmers Bank has named Randall C. Hall, the former president and chief executive of the now-closed Bank of Asheville to replace its outgoing finance chief.
Thursday, November 15, 2012
Technology company Cenduit is relocating to the Overlook Building in Durham. The company has signed a lease for 18,450 square feet of space on the property, which is located on Creekstone Drive.
Durham-based Quintiles ranked No. 23 on the World’s Best Multinational Workplaces by the Great Place to Work Institute list.
Austin Lawrence Partners, a Colorado-based developer with Duke University ties has bought vacant land and several vacant buildings downtown on West Main and West Parrish streets for $3 million, and is planning a development that could transform the city’s skyline.The developer envisions up to 26 stories including ground-floor shops and restaurants with office space and apartments above.
Apartment investment and management company Bell Partners Inc. said Wednesday that it has sold its 288-unit Bell Southpoint apartment complex in Durham to a subsidiary of Melville, N.Y.-based Duck Pond Corporation for $29 million.
Eric Toone, a Duke University chemist, educator and entrepreneur who has been serving as principal deputy director of the U.S. Department of Energy's Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy, will be the new leader of the university's Innovation & Entrepreneurship Initiative.
Wednesday, November 14, 2012
Condé Nast Traveler readers recently ranked Washington Duke Inn & Golf Club as One of Top Hotels in the South as part of its 25th annual Readers' Choice Awards, ranking the best cities, islands, cruise lines, airlines, hotels, and resorts worldwide.
Durham native and film writer Seth Grossman's film, "A Late Quartet," will open this weekend, starring Phillip Seymour Hoffman, Christopher Walken and Catherine Keener. The film will premier in Durham at Carolina Theatre on November 16 at 7 pm.
Ralph Snyderman, former chancellor for health affairs and CEO of Duke University Health System, is joining the board at SenGenix, a startup in Durham that is commercializing technology developed at Duke.
Denise Comer, Assistant Professor of the Practice in Writing and Director of the First Year Writing Program at Duke University will develop an introductory course on English composition with a new $50,000 grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. The 12-week 65 lecture course will provide an introduction and foundation for academic writing and will begin in Spring, 2013.
Tuesday, November 13, 2012
Durham City Manager Tom Bonfield has announced the appointment of Reginald J. Johnson as the director of the City’s Community Development Department. Johnson has served as the interim director since August 2011.
The Durham Convention and Visitors Bureau has been honored with ConventionSouth's prestigious Annual Readers' Choice Award.
Raleigh-Durham International Airport has introduced a customer loyalty program named "Thanks Again." Through the program, individuals can earn airline miles or rewards when they park, shop or dine at RDU.
Under the new development plan for Research Triangle Park, the park's capacity could triple to accommodate around 150,000 employees as office space could grow to more than 84 million square feet.
Monday, November 12, 2012
International Business Machines, based out of Armonk, NY, has recently been assigned a patent (8,306,652) developed by four co-inventors for a "dual-band communication of management traffic in a blade server system." Co-inventor Clifton Ehrich Kerr is from Durham.
Duke University will be able to draw on its expertise in social entrepreneurship and innovation to tackle global health challenges, thanks to a $10 million award from the U.S. Agency for International Development that was announced Thursday in Washington.
Duke University junior center back Sebastien Ibeagha was voted by the ACC head coaches as the ACC Defensive Player of the Year to headline the Blue Devils' 2012 Men's Soccer All-ACC selections.
The Durham Convention and Visitors Bureau received two 2012 MarCom Creative Awards along with three honorable mentions. They received a Platinum award for the 2010-2011 Annual Report and a Gold award for their Mini-Meeting Planners Guide.The MarCom Creative Awards is an international awards competition that recognizes outstanding achievement by marketing and communications practitioners. Entries were judged by industry professionals who looked for companies and individuals whose work serves as a benchmark for the industry.
James A. Joseph, former ambassador to South Africa and the leader in residence at Duke University's Hart Leadership Program, received the Distinguished Leadership Award at the 2012 International Leadership Association conference.
Research Triangle Park unveiled a new plan for the park's future, calling for changes across virtually the entire 7,000 acres which supports about 40,000 employees. The plan would create a more urban feel with affordable housing, clusters of services, targeted retail and collaborative places.
Friday, November 9, 2012
Anytime Fitness will be opening its first Durham location at the Ravenstone Commons shopping center in east Durham before the end of the year, confirms Ken Wygle with Weingarten Realty, owner of the shopping center.
Duke women’s basketball coach Joanne P. McCallie will host her own radio show. The Joanne P. McCallie Radio Show will have its kickoff on Monday, Nov. 19 from 6:00-7:00 p.m., at Nosh in Durham.
A Durham senior living and continuing care facility, Croasdaile Village, has accepted a bid from Frank L. Blum Construction Co. to renovate the Pavilion, a two-story health care facility. The project will include renovation of nurses’ stations and the addition of common areas that will function as living rooms where residents can gather.
Tuesday, November 6, 2012
Research Triangle Park President and CEO Bob Geolas will unveil the plans for the park's future on Nov. 9, followed by a nearly-three week bus tour to 21 cities and towns in North Carolina, including Durham.
Duke has signed a two-year renewal deal with the Durham Bulls Athletic Park for its baseball team to use the athletic park.
The Platform at the Cordoba Center for the Arts in the Golden Belt complex is being leased and tentatively renamed "Belt Line Station." Catering will be provided by the managers of the Cotton Room.
Durham resident and filmmaker Jim Haverkamp has been selected as the Cucalorus Film festival's honoree for its second annual North Carolina Filmmaker Retrospective Nov. 8-11 in Wilmington, NC.
The Durham County Board of Commissioners voted unanimously Monday to approve in concept a proposal to redevelop the James A. Whitted School for senior housing and as a Durham Public Schools pre-kindergarten center.
Durham-based entrepreneurs and small business owners will soon be able to receive free, confidential counseling and mentoring sessions thanks to the start of a new partnership between the City of Durham’s Office of Economic and Workforce Development and the Small Business Advisory Committee, in partnership with Service Corps of Retired Executives (SCORE).
St. Paul, Minn.-based Apex has selected Durham’s Bell and Howell as a business partner for providing secure document delivery via mobile apps. Apex provides statement design and e-statement and e-payment technology for the health care and financial industries.
Saturday, November 3, 2012
Former Colombian President Alvaro Uribe will discuss "Leadership Lessons and Growth Opportunities for Latin America: Learning from Colombia's Economic and Social Transformation" at Duke University Nov. 5. in the Fuqua School of Business's Geneen Auditorium.