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INC Research Expands Global Headquarters in Wake County
Documentary Explores Indian Immigration to North Carolina
Morrisville Company to Create 550 New in the Next Five Years INC Research – which operates in 40 countries around the globe – has expanded in Morrisville, and plans to add 550 new jobs at its headquarters over the next five years. The company is an internationally recognized contract research organization that conducts Phase 1 through Phase IV clinical trials on drugs addressing a range of disorders for the biopharmaceutical and medical device industries, “Wake County and the Research Triangle region is home to one of the largest life science clusters in the world and is recognized as a global hub of life science innovation,” said Wake County Economic Development Executive Director Adrienne Cole. “We are excited to have INC Research, a leading CRO, continue to grow in Wake County.” The decision to expand in Wake County resulted from months of ongoing collaboration between INC Research, WCED, Wake County, the Town of Morrisville, the Morrisville Chamber of Commerce, Wake Tech Community College, the North Carolina Biotech Center and the Economic Development Partnership of North Carolina. For more information about the life science industry in Wake County and the Research Triangle, visit raleigh-wake.org/targetindustries/life-sciences.
A new documentary about the Asian community in North Carolina will premiere in the 919 in March. “The Remarkable Journey: Founding the Asian Indian Community in North Carolina” will screen at 9 p.m. on Saturday, March 11, at the Carolina Theater in Durham. A sponsored project by the Southern Documentary Fund, the film explores the pioneer generation of Indian immigrants to North Carolina – helping to fuel the expansion of opportunities in science and business in the region. The documentary also explores the challenge immigrants faced of passing the “essence of India” on to their children – and explores the culture of Indian music, dance, meditation, yoga, food and more. The documentary was made for broadcast on UNC-TV in Triangle, as well as being available to schools, temples, mosques and churches. A project by Video Dialog Inc., the film was produced and directed by Dr. Steven Channing of UNC-Chapel Hill. Others involved were writer-producer Lue Simopoulos; co-producer Rebecca Cerese; co-producer/writer Usha Raj; director of photography/editor David Tyson; excutive producer Himanshu Shah; co-executive producer Vandana Dake; and co-founder Shaheen Syal. Other screenings are planned in Cary (Cary Theatre, 122 E. Chatham St; March 30; April 1, 6), Charlotte and Asheville. Donations are welcome to assist the in distributing the nonprofit documentary to schools throughout North Carolina. Visit southerndocumentaryfund.org or videodialoginc.com for more information.
Morrisville 2018 Budget Portal Open for Comments Preparations for the 2018 Town of Morrisville budget are under way, with the launch of the town’s Budget Portal. The portal’s forum allow citizens different opportunities to weigh in on the important priorities for the community and provide feedback to Town Council members as they begin to craft the areas of focus for the next budget year. Adoption of the budget is expected between May and June this year. Visit townofmorrisville.org/budgetportal for information and to submit feedback.