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NC Town Links People, Nature

The Ararat River Restoration and Green Way Project in Mount Airy generates an estimated $500,000 annually for the city's economy. (Mount Airy)Much attention has been paid to revitalizing downtowns in North Carolina by adding storefronts and parking garages. But one town has learned that they can build up their community with the natural landscape that was there to begin with.

Since 2002, the town of Mount Airy has worked with Resource Institute to develop the Ararat Greenway and Stream Restoration project, which loops around downtown Mount Airy for seven miles.


City living has a bright future – here’s why

There was a time when suburban life was the aspiration, white-picket fence, mortgage - the works. Fast forward to today and this vision has shifted. Now, more people rent and live in cities than not. According to the United Nations, in 2014, there were 28 mega-cities worldwide (with 10 million inhabitants or more), and by 2030, the world is projected to have 41 mega-cities or more. In particular, younger, tech-savvy generations are gravitating to metropolitan areas in search of a new quality of life. Today’s young people are less interested in owning a car, and more interested in having alternative modes of transportation (light rail systems, bike paths, etc.). More importantly – this population demands progressive environments centered on wellbeing and innovation. As digital natives flock to metropolises across the country, using more power from already stressed out grids, how can city leaders cope with growing demands and shrinking capacity and budgets, all while delivering on experiences these urbanites seek?


Hugo Hodge Named Tantalus’ Executive Vice President and General Manager, Caribbean Basin

Utility industry veteran to lead Tantalus’ continued strategic international expansion

Tantalus Systems announced that its Board of Directors has approved the addition of Hugo V. Hodge, Jr. to the company’s senior leadership team as the company’s Executive Vice President and General Manager, Caribbean Basin. Mr. Hodge is an accomplished utility veteran with more than 25 years’ experience in power distribution, engineering and utility marketing leadership roles. He most recently served as Executive Director and CEO of the Virgin Islands Water and Power Authority.


Local Groups File Challenge to Protect Sunset Beach and Bird Island

On behalf of the Sunset Beach Taxpayers Association and North Carolina Coastal Federation, the Southern Environmental Law Center today filed its challenge in the state Office of Administrative Hearings to North Carolina’s permit for a private developer to bulldoze 15 acres of protective dunes along the Sunset Beach, N.C., oceanfront to allow for building 21 houses. 


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