GREENVILLE, North Carolina — East Carolina University has received a nearly $1.9 million grant from the Golden LEAF Foundation for the creation of a pharmaceutical manufacturing training center.

The Eastern Region Pharma Center (ERPC) is designed to teach students and current pharmaceutical employees advanced manufacturing techniques and address a need for pharmaceutical workers with four-year college degrees in an area known as the BioPharma Crescent in eastern North Carolina. Pitt, Johnston, Wilson, Nash and Edgecombe counties are home to a variety of pharmaceutical companies, including Thermo Fisher Scientific, Mayne Pharma, Novo Nordisk, Grifols, Pfizer and CMP Pharma.

Pitt, Johnston, Wilson…


GREENVILLE, North Carolina — New research by a nationwide apartment listing service finds that Greenville, North Carolina is the trendiest city in the nation for Gen-Z renters.

RENTCafé sourced research based on rental applications processed by RentGrow. In 2020, Greenville saw a sharp increase in the shares of Gen Z renters, earning marks for the trendiest spot for young renters.

“This ranking is another example of the livability and affordability we have here in Greenville and Pitt County,” explains Greenville ENC Alliance president and CEO Steve Weathers. “Our area, home to East Carolina University and Pitt Community College, is positioned…


GREENVILLE, North Carolina — As the need continues to grow for a strong labor force in the biotechnology and pharmaceutical manufacturing industries around the world, efforts are underway in eastern North Carolina to attract and develop a local talent pipeline.

Today, communities worldwide are celebrating International Day of Women and Girls in Science. Local companies are taking part by highlighting the women in the industry, while also encouraging girls to consider careers in science.

“There are many amazing opportunities in the science field for women to grow careers,” said Michelle Logan, vice president and general manager of the Greenville, North…


GREENVILLE, North Carolina — The new year is starting off strong for economic development in North Carolina as the state receives a prestigious award. Business Facilities, a leading source of intelligence for corporate site selection, expansion, relocation, and area economic development solutions, names North Carolina as its 2020 State of the Year.

“North Carolina has been a rising star on our radar for several years,” said Business Facilities editor-in-chief Jack Rogers. …


GREENVILLE, North Carolina — As many larger cities saw a reduction of residents this year, some smaller cities saw an increase in new residents. According to data compiled by moving app and software company Updater, Greenville, North Carolina experienced the most inbound growth year-round in 2020.

Relocations were felt nationwide over the past year as large cities saw an exodus and small cities, like Greenville, saw an influx. The city, with a metropolitan statistical area (MSA) of 180,000, ranks first in top 20 list provided by Updater.

“Many industries were negatively affected by the pandemic in 2020,” said Jenna Weinerman…


GREENVILLE, North Carolina (December 9, 2020) — Thermo Fisher Scientific, the world leader in serving science, is expanding its site in Greenville for sterile drug product development and commercial manufacturing of critical medicines, therapies, and vaccines. As part of the approximate $500 million investment in Greenville, about 500 new roles will be hired over next 12 to 24 months. These jobs will add to its existing workforce of more than 1,500 employees.

“We are excited by the news of Thermo Fisher’s investment in their Greenville facility which further strengthens Greenville and Pitt County’s legacy as a hub of pharmaceutical production,”…


GREENVILLE, North Carolina (December 8, 2020) — Grover Gaming, a software development and design company founded in Greenville, North Carolina, announces a local expansion that’s expected to bring 200 new jobs and $12.5 million in capital investment over the next five years to the Greenville and Pitt County region.

“Eastern North Carolina has always been our home, so we are excited to further invest and contribute to its future prosperity and development,” said Garrett Blackwelder, founder and CEO of Grover Gaming.

The company worked with several local partners on this project, including the Greenville — Eastern North Carolina (ENC) Alliance…


GREENVILLE, North Carolina — An internationally circulated business publication covering corporate real estate and economic development has ranked North Carolina and Georgia as the states with the top business climates in the United States. Site Selection magazine ranked the two southeastern states as tied for first place.

“North Carolina is a consistently strong performer in this ranking and has demonstrated once again that it has the business-climate attributes it takes to reach first place,” said Site Selection Editor in Chief Mark Arend.

North Carolina spent six years in the top spot from 2005 through 2010, while Georgia has achieved first…


GREENVILLE, North Carolina — A 19-acre master development project has been announced in the downtown Greenville area as a public-private partnership effort between East Carolina University and master developer Elliott Sidewalk Communities. Several other groups, including the Greenville — ENC Alliance, are involved in its long-term success.

“The more we can do to grow our research capabilities and development capabilities, the more jobs we’ll have here and the greater economic prosperity we’ll have here in Greenville and in Pitt County,” said Steve Weathers, President and CEO of the Greenville — ENC Alliance.

Intersect East, as it has been named, involves…


GREENVILLE, North Carolina — An eastern North Carolina native, restaurateur, yoga instructor, wife, and mother of two is committed to providing healthy, wholesome, and plant-based food options in Pitt County and surrounding areas.

“You have to be your own warrior in this world and fight for what you think is right,” said Jessica Albea, owner of FreshVibes and YogiVibes Yoga Studio. “I want to promote wellness and healthy living.”

FreshVibes is a dairy-free and plant-based restaurant with two locations in Greenville. The menu has everything from salads and smoothies to juices and parfaits. …

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