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North Carolina Licensing Requirements for Rooftop Solar Installations

House Bill 589, which was enacted last year, contained two sections that should facilitate more rooftop solar installation:  Part VI created a mechanism for leasing solar energy facilities; and Part VIII created a solar rebate program.  Even before this legislation, North Carolina was one of the fastest growing solar power markets in America.   Accordingly, many out-of-state businesses are looking at solar energy opportunities in the state.   In addition to meeting …Read More

Wireless Infrastructure Deployment Under Section 6409 – An Underutilized Tool?

Section 6409 of the Middle Class Tax Relief and Job Creation Act of 2012 addresses neither taxes nor job creation.  Instead, Section 6409 constitutes one of the Federal government’s latest significant efforts to streamline the approval process for deployment of wireless transmission equipment.  Generally, Section 6409 (along with an FCC Order from October 2014) provides that so long as the siting request is for a modification of an existing wireless …Read More

UPDATED: Congress Takes Aim at Tax-Exempt Funding for Professional Sports Facilities

UPDATED 12/27/17: The final version of the tax bill signed into law earlier this month did NOT include the provision which sought to eliminate tax-exempt funding assistance for professional sports facilities.   While President Trump’s very public feud with the NFL grabs the headlines these days, the U.S. House inserted a provision in the tax reform bill introduced last week which would eliminate a State or local government’s ability to …Read More

High Point Seeks Economic Development with Baseball

The City of High Point, North Carolina seeks to make a significant public investment in construction of a downtown baseball stadium which would be home to an Atlantic League (Independent) baseball team. The city wants to use the ballpark as a lynchpin for a broader downtown economic development plan. High Point seeks to take a page from the economic development playbook of quite a few other North Carolina municipalities that …Read More

Opening of New Piedmont Triad Intermodal Transportation Station

Multimodal transportation in the Triad took a giant step forward with the ribbon cutting for the Coble Intermodal Transportation Center.  The Center adjoins the headquarters of the Piedmont Authority for Regional Transportation (PART) and lies within a quarter mile of Piedmont Triad International Airport. It will have 12 bus slips, about 50 parking spots, and a 2,000-square-foot terminal. The facility is named in honor of former US Congressman Howard Coble.  …Read More