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Archive for March, 2014

NC Ports Authority chooses new executive director

Thursday, March 27th, 2014

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — The North Carolina State Ports Authority has a new executive director. The Authority’s Board of Directors confirmed the choice of Paul J. Cozza at its regularly scheduled meeting Thursday.

Cozza was chosen following an eight-month international search that attracted more than 100 candidates.

“This is a critical time in our industry as we face the challenge of how to continue to grow our ports,” said Board of Directors Chairman Danny McComas. “Paul’s extensive experience in international shipping will be a valuable asset to the authority.”

Board members said Cozza brings to the role extensive, high-level executive experience in the international transportation and logistics industry. He previously served in several roles for Maersk Line. Cozza also has more than a decade of experience with CSX Corporation/Sea-Land Service Inc.

A U.S. Army veteran and graduate of West Point, Cozza also holds a Masters in Business Administration from Fairleigh Dickinson University.


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Could the Trolley Pub pedal into the Port City?

Thursday, March 27th, 2014

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — A tour business in Raleigh is trying to bring their mobile machine to Downtown Wilmington.

The Trolley Pub is a 14 person open air cart that uses the riders as the power. 12 seats have bicycle pedals and a bench seats two more. Right now, the business only has a location in Raleigh, though a similar operation exists in the Charlotte area.

Alcohol is allowed on a bring your own beverage concept as the actual person behind the steering wheel is employed by Trolley Pub, acting as a chaperone. It follows rules similar to that of a limousine.

Co-owner Kai Caapro says it’s great for tourism and that they have been trying to get approval for the past year. The company brought one of their Trolleys to Wilmington Thursday to show City Leaders exactly what they have to offer.



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Wos, NC lawmakers at odds during meeting

Thursday, March 27th, 2014

RALEIGH, NC (AP) — The heat has been turned up on North Carolina’s health agency secretary by legislative leaders questioning whether her office can operate the department effectively and pull off Medicaid reform.

Legislators criticized Dr. Aldona Wos and the Department of Health and Human Services during Thursday’s meeting of an oversight committee. They’re unhappy with delays in getting information about Medicaid spending and unrealized savings in the program.

Senate Majority Leader Harry Brown of Jacksonville asked Wos why the legislature should have confidence in carrying out the Medicaid reform proposal unveiled last week.

Wos says the agency has made great strides in operating the department since she took over but that they’ve been waylaid by job vacancies and employee turnover.

(Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)


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Leland residents brainstorm ideas for Founder’s Day celebration

Thursday, March 27th, 2014

The event will be held Sept. 13 and is expected to be the biggest Founder’s Day the town has held

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McCrory, NC DOT secretary worried about road money

Thursday, March 27th, 2014

DURHAM, NC (AP) — Gov. Pat McCrory and his administration’s transportation leaders are worried about the future of state and federal funding sources to pay for roads and bridges in North Carolina.

McCrory told a North Carolina Chamber conference the state’s transportation projects will be delayed if Congress fails to re-authorize a law expiring this fall. Federal money makes up more than one-quarter of state transportation spending. Transportation Secretary Tony Tata said Wednesday DOT would have to stop writing checks by August without a resolution.

Chief Deputy Secretary Nick Tennyson also told business leaders the state’s current road-building revenue sources – particularly the gasoline tax – cannot meet infrastructure demands.

Tata is working on a 25-year transportation plan for McCrory, who says it will take into account fewer dollars coming from Washington.

(Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)


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