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Old 05-24-2018, 03:19 PM
 
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A Tropical Smoothie Cafe is coming to Firetower Rd, near Pitt Comm. College.
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Old 05-27-2018, 06:24 AM
 
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Town Common a construction zone - Daily Reflector
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Old 05-27-2018, 07:21 PM
 
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HOST IT HERE: ECU gets Greenville Regional - Daily Reflector

ECU is Hosting a Baseball Regional, which will be a good little boost in tourism and PR for the University and City.
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Old 05-28-2018, 01:12 PM
 
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Longtime news anchor leaving WITN
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Old 05-29-2018, 06:19 AM
 
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HOST IT HERE: ECU gets Greenville Regional - Daily Reflector

ECU is Hosting a Baseball Regional, which will be a good little boost in tourism and PR for the University and City.
With South Carolina, Ohio State and UNCW in the regional, there will definitely be a big gathering on Charles Blvd this weekend. Very good for Greenville economically.
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Old 05-29-2018, 10:00 AM
 
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Airport looks to private investment to elicit new service - Daily Reflector
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Old 05-29-2018, 11:37 AM
 
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I think PGV to DC makes the most sense. Orlando would be seasonal at best. As the article mentions, good luck trying to compete for gate time in NYC.
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Old 05-29-2018, 12:52 PM
 
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They definitely need another city that is not only a big airport with many flights, but also a destination type city. Almost no one would fly to Charlotte for just Charlotte. They fly there to catch another flight. But DC or NYC would bring people who want to visit that city, along with having more options to catch another flight.
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Old 05-31-2018, 05:47 AM
 
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Hot tickets: Tourney filling seats, hotel rooms - Daily Reflector

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The NCAA Greenville Regional baseball tournament is expected to bring thousands of visitors into the city this week and add more than a million dollars to the local economy, packing the stadium, local restaurants and hotels.

Business leaders and East Carolina University officials are expecting sellouts throughout town as teams and fans from the University of South Carolina, UNC Wilmington and Ohio State University travel here to compete in games along with ECU’s Pirates starting on Friday. The winner will earn a bid to a super-regional tournament for a chance at the College World Series.

The tournament is expected to sell out Clark-LeClair Stadium for up to four days, according to Scott Lane, associate athletic director for ticket sales and services. More than 4,000 all-session tickets had been sold by Wednesday night, and he expected all 4,700 tickets would be sold well before Friday.

The stadium has seating for 3,000 people and can accommodate up to 2,000 more in the outfield area known as “The Jungle.” Each of the participating teams was guaranteed 200 seats in the grandstands. ECU season ticket holders and Pirate Club members got first shot at the remaining seats, and sales opened to the general public Wednesday morning.

Lines formed at the Minges Coliseum ticket office a little before 9 a.m. By then, ECU was only selling tickets for The Jungle, but that didn’t bother fan Tony Oakley from Farmville.

“I've been going to Pirate games for 48 years, and I love to be out in the jungle,” Oakley said.

Ken Biggs was the first person in line, and he drove from Atlantic Beach — he commutes to Greenville several times a week for work anyway. He said he attended the regional held at Clark-LeClair in 2009 and is hoping for a repeat experience of watching the Pirates win another one.

“I wasn't going to miss this one,” he said.

All-session tickets allow the holders to attend every game in the double-elimination roundabout. If weather causes no delays, two games each are set Friday-Sunday, and another game could be held Monday if needed.

Tickets for individual games will go on sale at 11 a.m. Friday only if the 4,700 all-session tickets do not sell out.

The economic boost from the tournament is no surprise. East Carolina had to send revenue and budget projections to the NCAA in order to host. The projections included a guaranteed ticket revenue minimum the university would pay the NCAA.

ECU keeps 25 percent of ticket revenue that exceeds the guaranteed projection, plus money from concessions and parking, said J.J. McLamb, senior associate athletics director for internal operations. The NCAA gets 75 percent of the extra ticket money.

McLamb was not able to provide a specific figure for the guaranteed minimum Wednesday but said he expected sales to exceed ECU’s projections.

“I will say that goes off of our loyal fan base,” he said. “I think it will be a huge positive for our university and for the city and community as well.”

Many of the tickets will be held by local fans, but early estimates from the Pitt-Greenville Convention and Visitors Bureau show about 3,000 people will be traveling into Pitt County for the regional. Many hotels in the area have already run out of vacancies and others expected to sell out by the weekend.

As of Wednesday evening, the Holiday Inn, Hilton, Hampton and Residence Inn all reported they had sold out all their rooms for Saturday night. Others, including Best Western, Comfort Inn, Baymont, Knights Inn, Wingate and Fairfield Inn said they were fully expecting to sell out by the weekend and had few rooms left.

Andrew Schmidt, executive director of the Pitt-Greenville Convention and Visitors Bureau, said staff estimates the visitors coming to Greenville will generate 1,000 nights in hotel rooms over the weekend, and another 1,000 people will be driving into the city during the day. He said this increased tourism is estimated to bring $1.2 million in revenue to services and businesses across the city, such as restaurants, bars and hotels.

“Our hotels and restaurants are gearing up and our bureau has contacted the alumni association offices of South Carolina, Ohio State and UNC Wilmington,” Schmidt said. “We encourage folks to come early and explore what we have to offer here in Greenville. ... Our staff will also have a presence out at the stadium the first day of play.”

Trent McGee, director of public policy and operations for the Greenville-Pitt County Chamber of Commerce, said the economic benefits of events like the regional are vital to the area’s growth and wellness.

“ECU being able to host an NCAA baseball regional will undoubtedly have a tremendous impact on the local economy,” McGee said. “ECU fans visiting from outside of the community, along with the visiting teams and their fan base, is good tourism for a good period of time. From dining and lodging to gasoline and shopping, having thousands of passionate fans in Greenville over potentially a four-day span will result in a positive economic impact for Greenville-Pitt County and our region. Hosting an event of this magnitude also leads to the support of future local development.”

Packing local sports bars and restaurants is especially important for the local economy this year, according to one business owner. Linus Martinez, owner of Professor O'Cools, said the most recent football season and its lackluster fan interest was a loss for a lot of area restaurants that rely on fan business during the season.

“For us it's make or break; we're struggling this year after ECU football,” he said. “We count on home football to double our sales easily, and this year we basically had two games and then the rest no one gave a damn about. The fans weren’t even mad, they just didn't care."
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Old 05-31-2018, 07:54 AM
 
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East Carolina University is planning a School of Rural Public Health – slated to open in August 2020.

https://www.bizjournals.com/triangle...sparities.html

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For East Carolina University, a planned School of Rural Public Health – slated to open in August 2020 – will aid in addressing health disparities faced by people living in the eastern part of the state.

“It is our mission to work collectively to provide and to train the next generation of public health workforce with a primary focus here in eastern North Carolina,” says Ronny Bell, professor and chair of the Brody School of Medicine's Department of Public Health at ECU.

“There have been discussions going on here at ECU since the late '90s about the public health needs of people here in eastern North Carolina,” says Bell. “About 10 years ago, the (ECU) Department of Public Health was created, but with the intention that the School of Public Health would be created in the future.”

So back in 2015, an advisory committee was formed, followed by an implementation committee in 2016, and ultimately a proposal to the state.

The proposal for the new School of Rural Public Health was recently approved by the UNC System Board of Governors’ Committee on Educational Planning, Policies, and Programs. The School of Rural Public Health will initially combine existing ECU departments – public health, health education and promotion; biostatistics; health services and information management; and the Center for Health Disparities.

“When the four departments come together, we will have about 75 to 80 faculty … already here or in the process of being recruited,” Bell says.

Because creating the new School of Rural Public Health involves “bringing existing resources allocated to departments,” he says there is not expected to be “a significant financial impact.” There are not additional buildings planned at this time.

Some of the health challenges facing eastern North Carolina include devastating hurricanes as well as limited financial resources and access to quality health care, Bell says.

Staffing needs when it comes to public health and care in rural parts of the state, such as eastern North Carolina, include health administrators at local health departments, epidemiologists, and those who work in rural health and community health centers, among others, he notes.

According to ECU, it granted 46 percent of the UNC System’s public health baccalaureate degrees and 29 percent of the system’s public health master’s degrees in the 2016-17 academic year. ECU’s new School of Rural Public Health is expected to have an initial enrollment of 1,800 students.

This spring, ECU’s first four doctoral students in public health started their studies. Their concentrations include health policy, administration and leadership, and environmental and occupational health.

While plans for the new School of Rural Public Health were already in the works, last summer, ECU and Vidant Health inked a deal worth $462.5 million to integrate their physician practices.

The eastern North Carolina market is underserved and impoverished, and “there is an extremely high burden of disease [with] many needs that are unmet,” Vidant CEO Dr. Michael Waldrum said at the time. Integrated physician practices will allow Vidant and ECU to better coordinate care and drive quality of service, he added.
ECU to establish School of Rural Public Health

http://www.reflector.com/News/2018/0...ic-Health.html

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