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Commercial outlook 2015: Population and job growth expected to support apartments, offices, industrial space (access required)

The first of two 10-story office towners being constructed near SouthPark Mall as part of Lincoln Harris' Capitol Towers project. Photo by Eric Dinkins

While the rapid growth of apartments in the Charlotte region has some industry professionals concerned that vacancy rates could rise in the near future, they believe job growth and projected population growth will fill the supply in the long run. ...

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Eyes on the sky: N.C. policymakers ready to capitalize on the economic potential of commercial drone use (access required)

Drone with CameraWEB

Some people hear the word “drone” and imagine militarized aircraft on combat operations too risky for human involvement. Others see dollar signs. In hopes of encouraging the latter, the North Carolina General Assembly recently approved new regulations regarding drone use. ...

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Where do we grow from here? Charlotte, Raleigh expected to have nation’s fastest growth in coming years (access required)

View of center city Charlotte from Marshall Park.

Charlotte and Raleigh are poised to grow faster than any other large urban areas in the country over the next fifteen years. In fact, Charlotte’s population is projected to grow by 71 percent from 2010 to 2030, according to a ...

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