Capitol Broadcasting embarks on its expansion of American Tobacco

“Capitol Broadcasting Co. embarked on the first steps of its plans for the expansion of the American Tobacco Campus in downtown Durham on Wednesday, holding its first public conversations about the possibilities for the adjacent University Ford property.

CBC held several meetings on Wednesday, with more scheduled for Thursday, with residents and officials in Durham to hear feedback about any potential development of the University Ford site – the American Tobacco-adjacent property that the company purchased for nearly $30 million last year.

Read more in the Durham Herald Sun.


Durham is the place to Meet! Emerging destinations for event planners to explore

This year’s selection of 11 emerging U.S. cities consists of premium destinations for hosting business meetings, corporate events and association gatherings. From Northern California to the Colorado Rockies, from the Midwest to New England, and from the Southeast to the Lone Star state, today’s professional event planners have a variety of choices.

Each city is becoming more popular as a destination for business travelers. All have expanding downtown convention centers and hotels that offer plenty of meeting space for large-scale events and intimate strategy sessions.

Read more in Smart Meetings.


Thoughts on American Tobacco Campus

“This North Carolina girl really loves living close to downtown Durham!  Durham is rich in history, including tobacco history.  One of my favorite places is the American Tobacco Campus.  Even the Duke family who did so much to establish Duke University had a hand in the booming tobacco industry.  That’s such a paradox now!  Tobacco is out of style for most folks these days, for good reason, but the huge brick buildings, trimmed inside with rustic old beams (what a cool industrial look!) are a sight to behold now that they are being restored and turned into hip new places.  I love the tobacco industry’s old landmarks.”

Read more in A Mothers Journal.


Startups key at tobacco campus

Business incubator thrives at NC site inspiring GE plans

DURHAM, N.C. – Transforming 1 million square feet of crumbling brick buildings into ­in-demand office, residential and retail space is one thing. But building a robust entrepreneur support system is another.

Durham, North Carolina, seems to have found the secret to success for both challenges.

And those experts are willing to share the formula that led Durham business incubator American Underground to more than quadruple its space – and expand from one to five locations – in only five years.

Read more in The Journal Gazzette.


Moogfest Posters and Synth Art

Moogfest Posters and Synth Art from the American Tobacco Collection
May 18 – July 28, 2017 – Reed Lobby Art Gallery

American Tobacco Campus presents its collection of Moogfest art posters from 2010-2016.  The posters were created for SYTH: A Group Art Show Inspired by Bob Moog.

Moogfest is a tribute to Dr. Robert Moog and the profound influence his inventions have had on how we hear the world. Over the last sixty years, Bob Moog and Moog Music have pioneered the analog synthesizer and other technology tools for artists. This exchange between engineer and musician is celebrated with a unique festival format where the creative process is understood as a collaboration among many people, across time and space, in commerce and culture.


On Exhibit – There’s Content

Third Friday Durham Reception: April 21, 2017, 5-8pm
On view: April 4–May 6, 2017

Join us for a Third Friday Durham celebration at the Power Plant Gallery with MFA|EDA alumni, and soon to be alumni.


Three Cities Tapping into the U.S. Brewery Boom

“Breweries are clearly having their moment on the American urban scene. In 2016, there were 5,300 breweries, compared with 2,400 only four years earlier. In part, that might be due to the novelty and conviviality of enjoying a unique beverage at a hyper-local establishment. But breweries, it turns out, also have an almost magical ability to revitalize neighborhoods and even entire towns, according to panelists speaking at ULI’s 2017 Carolinas Meeting in March, and tend to be a boon wherever they open, at least in the current cycle.”

Read more in Urban Land Magazine.


Why Durham Is North Carolina’s Hippest City

“Durham is perhaps known first and foremost as the home to Duke University (and its famed basketball team), but it’s becoming a destination for much more than just Blue Devils games. In recent years, a bustling and creative culinary scene has emerged. The Durham Performing Arts Center, American Tobacco Campus, Brightleaf Square, and Durham Bulls games—where you can watch a home run while noshing on empanadas and peach cobbler with ice cream—are also noteworthy attractions.”

Read more in Vogue.


Back Porch Music on the Lawn Lineup Returns to Durham!

 Eight Free Concerts Welcome Returning Favorites and New Sensations to AmericanTobacco Campus

(Research Triangle) – March 29 – Pickers, rockers, groovers and all cool cats are invited to the return of American Tobacco’s legendary Back Porch Music on the Lawn concert series, May 11 – September 14. The eight free Thursday evening concerts will once again take place on the historic campus’ interior quad. The popular series is a joint production of the American Tobacco Campus and WUNC-FM 91.5.

Signing on as Music on the Lawn’s co-sponsors are Mercedes-Benz of Durham, GoTriangle, WRAL’s Out & About and Fox 50.

American Tobacco’s beloved restaurants will be open and preparing quick grab items for concertgoers to enjoy picnic style as they take in the shows. This year, fans can sample new neighbors Wedgie’s sandwich shop and The Bullpen, featuring Heavenly Buffaloes wings.

Beer and wine are available for purchase at the concerts. Picnics, coolers and well-behaved dogs are welcome. Please no glass.

The all-star line-up — with each free concert starting at around 6pm — is as follows:

  • May 11 – Front Country (Opener: Demolition String Band)
  • May 25 – Tellico (Opener: Skylar Gudasz)
  • June 15 – Jim Lauderdale (Opener: Fireside Collective)
  • June 29 – Alice Gerrard & Melody Makers (Opener: Onyx Club Boys)
  • August 3 – Rob Ickes and Trey Hensley (Opener: Acoustic Manner)
  • August 17 – Acoustic Syndicate (Two sets)
  • August 31 – Seldom Scene (Opener: Cicadia Rhythm)
  • September 14 – Billy Strings (Opener: Whiskey Shivers)

About American Tobacco Campus

American Tobacco offers one million square feet of premium office space in a historic factory setting bustling with restaurants and businesses as well as the Durham Performing Arts Center and Durham Bulls Athletic Park. Featured in US News & World Report as the national model for urban revitalization, the campus serves as a bridge from Durham’s past as one of the Tobacco capitals of the world to its present and future as a knowledge, science and medical capital.

ATC owner Capitol Broadcasting Company, Inc. is a diversified communications company which owns and/or operates WRAL-TV, WRAL Digital, WRAZ-TV, WRAZ Digital, WRAL-FM, WRAL-HD2, WCMC-FM, WCMC-HD1, WDNC-AM, WCMC-HD2, WCMC-HD3, WCLY-AM, WCMC-HD4, Microspace, CBC New Media Group and Wolfpack Sports Properties (a joint venture with Learfield Sports) in Raleigh, NC; WILM-TV, WILT-LD and Sunrise Broadcasting in Wilmington, NC; The Durham Bulls Baseball Club in Durham, NC; and real estate interests including the American Tobacco Project and Diamond View office buildings in Durham, NC.

About North Carolina Public Radio WUNC

North Carolina Public Radio WUNC is one of the early tenants of the American Tobacco Campus. The station is one of the most successful public radio stations in the country. It serves listeners from Greensboro to the Outer Banks with NPR News and Information during the week and Back Porch Music on the Weekend.