American Underground exec takes on bigger role

“Adam Klein, who has directed the American Underground startup hub since 2012, is taking on a bigger role with AU corporate parent Capitol Broadcasting. Replacing Klein at the AU is Durham entrepreneur Doug Speight.

CBC, which also is the parent of WRAL TechWire, WRAL and the American Tobacco Campus in Durham among other properties, made the announcement Thursday.

Klein will serve as director of strategy for CBC properties in Durham as well as Rocky Mount effective Jan. 1. He will “lead efforts to advance” the American Tobacco Campus as well as Rocky Mount Mills, an emerging mixed-use development. His previous title at AU was chief strategist.”

Read more at  WRAL Tech Wire.


7 U.S. Cities That Are Hipper Than You Think

“Sick of $400 hotel rooms, tourist-flooded attractions, and overpriced restaurants? Take a trip to one of America’s hippest small towns. Offering equal parts art, culture, and cool factor, towns like Boise, Kansas City, and others are giving XXL metropolises like NYC and LA a run for their money. Here, 7 unexpectedly hip towns worth downsizing for.”



8 Coolest Cities You Must Experience for Yourself

“Durham, North Carolina – Beer. Oh, sweet beer. If you want to experience more sudsy goodness than you know what to do with, a trip to Durham, North Carolina, during World Beer Festival Durham is in order. Now in its 22nd year, this event offers about 250 beers for you to taste.”



Upstate leaders drawn to Durham’s focus

“For years, the city of Durham has been teeming with aspiring innovators and entrepreneurs looking for spaces to grow their businesses.

In 2010, their call was answered with the founding of American Underground, a low-cost month-to-month rental office and co-working space for startups and budding companies.

“American Underground was a solution to solve the real estate problem for entrepreneurs because traditional leases didn’t work for entrepreneurs,” said Phillipe Charles, director of communications and member experience with American Underground. “We wanted to create a center of gravity for the entrepreneurial community and not just Durham, but the (Research Triangle) as a whole.”

The need for a strong entrepreneurial region was one thing that stood out for dozens of upstate South Carolina business, government, education and nonprofit leaders visiting the Raleigh-Durham region Wednesday.”



GoTriangle says Durham-Orange light-rail train might drop you off here, too

“A proposed change to the $2.5 billion Durham-Orange Light-Rail Transit plan could make it easier for people to hop the train to dinner and a show in downtown Durham.

GoTriangle is studying how to add a 19th station to the 17.7-mile light-rail line in front of the Durham Perfoming Arts Center, project manager Danny Rogers said.

The public can learn more about the light-rail project on Tuesday, Sept. 26, in Durham and Thursday, Sept. 28, in Chapel Hill. The planned route would connect UNC Hospitals in Chapel Hill with Duke and N.C. Central universities in Durham.”

Read more in the Herald Sun.


NC Getaways: American Tobacco Historic District in Durham

“The American Tobacco Historic District in Durham carries a rich history that dates back to the 1800s, when Washington Duke created an incredibly successful company that came to be known as the American Tobacco Company. Today, the site of the old American Tobacco Company continues its success as a large compound that houses numerous restaurants, residential and commercial buildings, a barber shop, and a full service salon and spa as well as various arts centers. At the American Tobacco Historic District, there is much to see and experience.”

Read more at VacationIdea//Dream Vacation Magazine.


DPAC reveals its new $1.8 million renovated look

“In the last nine years, the Durham Performing Arts Center has sold out hundreds of shows. More than 3.5 million patrons have attended events at the venue.

To keep the theater in top form, it was time for a renovation. “So many fans are so supportive of the DPAC that the seats have seen many people and the carpet has. So, we decided we probably needed to replace them sooner rather than later,” said Rachel Traversari with the DPAC.

Normally, the wear and tear that would take 15 years only took nine at the DPAC.”



The Sportiest Cities in America

“The United States is a take-action kind of country. We don’t just go out in the great outdoors, we conquer it. We don’t just root for our sports teams, we take to the streets when they win. And we don’t just “pursue leisure activities,” we hike, bike, swim, surf, scale, kayak, zip-line, and occasionally even heli-ski.

This is the spirit behind our most recent analysis in Metrogrades, our research-backed ranking of America’s 100 top cities based on a careful selection of criteria.”

Read more in Men’s Health.