The 6th Annual Craven Works Outdoor Job Fair will be held at Union Point Park on Tuesday, March 30 beginning at noon. If you are looking for a career change or an employment opportunity in Craven County, this job fair will introduce you to several area employers looking to hire. Pre-registration is required for all job seekers. If you have a resume, you can be pre-matched with registered employers prior to the job fair. Jobseekers will receive an email with their pre-matched list of registered employers based on their resume. If you need assistance with a resume or if you want to be pre-matched withRead More →

For the sixth year in a row, CarolinaEast Medical Center has been named one of the top best hospitals in the state by Business North Carolina magazine in their annual “Best Hospitals” issue released in March. The 2021 ranking lands CarolinaEast tied for sixth. CarolinaEast is the highest ranked hospital in Eastern North Carolina. New Hanover Regional Medical Center in Wilmington tied for 20th. No other hospitals in Eastern North Carolina made the Top 20 rankings. Carteret Health Care in Morehead City and Vidant Medical Center in Greenville both received recognition for bariatric surgery but were not listed in the over-all rankings. Onslow Memorial HospitalRead More →

BSH Home Appliances is hiring skilled employees for the New Bern location this spring. John Wilson, director of HR Operations at BSH, said BSH is looking for a dedicated skilled labor team that will be able to hit the ground running with opportunity for accelerated growth. “We are looking not only within our local community, but reaching folks in other states who are looking for a career change that offers promise and growth in an area that is so desirable,” Wilson said. The partnership between Craven 100 Alliance and BSH is an example of how the county works together to find and employ skilled laborRead More →

Swiss Bear, Inc., the Main Street organization for the City of New Bern, announced two wins in Carolina Country’s Finest Awards 2020 contest. New Bern won the NC-based publication’s categories for Finest Main Street or Downtown and Finest Festival (MumFest). Swiss Bear Chairman Chris McCutcheon said, “It is such an honor, and it really shows how resilient our town has been through COVID-19. We’ve been successful at thinking outside the box to give every business the chance to thrive. To be chosen out of all the nominees is thrilling, and for four of the ten winners to be Main Street communities just makes it thatRead More →

Domestic visitors to and within Craven County spent $155 million in 2019, an increase of 4.3 percent from 2018. The data comes from an annual study commissioned by Visit North Carolina, a unit of the Economic Development Partnership of North Carolina. “Tourism has an enormous effect on New Bern and Craven County and we are thrilled with the continued growth in our area.” Judy Avery, marketing director, New Bern-Craven County Convention and Visitor Center. Tourism impact highlights for 2019:• The travel and tourism industry directly employs more than 1,180 in Craven County. • Total payroll generated by the tourism industry in Craven County was $31.16Read More →

State asks for court to reinstate North Carolina’s decision to reject consistency certification N.C. Gov. Roy Cooper announced that North Carolina will continue to fight against seismic testing along the state’s coast. The State of North Carolina has filed an appeal of the decision by the U.S. Secretary of Commerce to override the state’s objection to WesternGeco’s plan for offshore seismic testing. “North Carolina has been clear, we do not want seismic testing in our coastal waters, or the damage from offshore drilling that could follow,” said Governor Cooper. “The studies of our waters show little prospect for drilling, and the environmental damage to ourRead More →

With 2.1 million more unemployment claims filed this week despite all U.S. states starting to reopen, WalletHub released updated rankings for the States Hit Most by Unemployment Claims, and North Carolina ranked poorly, coming in at 9th. Since North Carolina is the 10 largest state by population, 9th would indicate it is doing slightly worse than it should for a state its size. To identify which states’ workforces have been hurt the most by COVID-19, WalletHub compared the 50 states and the District of Columbia based on increases in unemployment claims during the latest week for which we have data (May 18) and overall sinceRead More →

WalletHub | North Carolina has the 10th biggest increase in unemployment claims due to COVID-19 With nearly 39 million Americans now jobless as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic but many people actually making more money while unemployed, WalletHub released updated rankings for the States Hit Most by Unemployment Claims. To identify which states’ workforces have been hurt the most by COVID-19, WalletHub compared the 50 states and the District of Columbia based on increases in unemployment claims. We used this data to rank the most impacted states in both the latest week for which we have data (May 11) and overall since the beginningRead More →

Phase 2 of lifted COVID-19 restrictions would allow restaurants with outdoor seating, and the city is being asked to close parts of some downtown streets to make room for street cafe setups. At its Tuesday, May 12 Zoom meeting, the Board of Aldermen will consider the request to temporarily close portions of Middle Street, Pollock Street, and Craven Street to Vehicular Traffic. This resolution would permit closures of one side of the 200-300 blocks of Middle Street, 300 block of Pollock Street, and the 200 block of Craven Street from 5 p.m. to 11 p.m. accommodating street cafes between May 22, and Aug. 1, 2020.Read More →

The New Bern Area Chamber of Commerce is joining the county board of commissioners in asking Governor Roy Cooper to relax COVID-19-related restrictions on Craven County. In a letter submitted to the New Bern Sun Journal, Chamber of Commerce leaders said the following: As we are all well-aware, the COVID-19 pandemic is a serious public health crisis. Fortunately, the New Bern area responded strongly and appropriately when asked to do so in mid-late March. Under direction from our leadership, New Bern residents have diligently shuttered their businesses, closed their schools, and practiced social distancing, all in the name of public health. Everyone accepted that theseRead More →