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April 09, 2024

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1 big thing: North Carolina's big EV goals

Data: N.C. Department of Transportation; Note: 2023 data goes through November; Chart: Axios Visuals

State leaders announced last month that North Carolina is two years ahead of its goal of having 80,000 zero-emission vehicles on the road by 2025. That's a milestone for a state that had 10,000 EVs in circulation just five years ago.

Why it matters: It's still a far cry from Gov. Roy Cooper's goal of 1.25 million EVs registered statewide by 2030.

The big picture: Governments and corporations are pushing hard for fast EV adoption to curb emissions amid dire climate change warnings.

Context: The state and federal government have been focusing on two of the biggest hurdles to EV adoption β€” cost and infrastructure, says Peter Ledford, North Carolina's clean energy director.

  • The federal National Electric Vehicle Infrastructure (NEVI) program is investing about $110 million throughout the state in EV charging stations along interstates and in urban cores, Ledford tells Axios.
  • The federal government also offers a tax credit of up to $7,500 for the purchase of all-electric and plug-in hybrid vehicles.

Yes, but: Unlike North Carolina, some states like California are offering additional tax rebates to incentivize EV buying.

What they're saying: "1.25 million EVs [in North Carolina] is bold and certainly an aggressive goal, but it's certainly in the realm of possibility," Ledford says. "[At our] current adoption rate, we are on track to be very close to that by 2030."

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2. 🎢 What's next for Dreamville

J. Cole at Dreamville Festival 2024. Photo: Astrida Valigorsky/WireImage

J. Cole left many Dreamville fans uncertain over the weekend with his repeated comments regarding how many Dreamville Festivals he's got left, writes Axios' Alexis Clinton, who attended the festival.

Why it matters: Dreamville has become one of the state's premier cultural events. It draws thousands of festival-goers annually and pumps millions of dollars into the local economy.

Catch up quick: The fourth year of the Dreamville Festival, which featured headliners like J. Cole and Nicki Minaj, was held in Raleigh's Dorothea Dix Park April 6-7.

  • "I don't know how many more Dreamville Festivals I got in me," Cole repeated on stage in between songs, drawing a mix of boos and gasps from the crowd.
  • It's unclear whether Cole, a Fayetteville native, was referring generally to the future of the festival he started in 2019, or his role as a participating artist.

Read on about what could affect the festival's future

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3. The Tea: Reading struggles for students with disabilities

Illustration: Allie Carl/Axios

πŸ“š Less than 10% of North Carolina students with learning disabilities tested proficiently in reading and math last year. (WRAL)

  • State leaders hope new reading curricula will help more children with disabilities by catching their disabilities sooner and by providing instruction better suited to help them.

🍺 Wilmington's New Anthem Beer Project had $4.1 million in liabilities before closing all of its taprooms, including in Raleigh, according to bankruptcy filings. (Triangle Business Journal πŸ”’)

🏫 Durham's Board of Education wants to move the Durham School of the Arts from downtown to a new campus in north Durham β€” but a group of residents says the school board should instead renovate the historic school. (INDY Week)

4. Our growing share of graduates

People walk on the campus of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Photo: Eros Hoagland/Getty Images

The percentage of recent U.S. college graduates settling in the Triangle has grown over the past decade, according to data from real estate firm JLL.

Why it matters: Cities across the country are desperate to attract recent graduates, as building a higher density of educated workers attracts new businesses and keeps existing ones from moving.

Between the lines: The Triangle has long had an advantage when it comes to an educated workforce thanks to its large universities, like UNC, Duke, N.C. State and N.C. Central.

  • The data shows that advantage continues to grow, with even more recent graduates living in the area.

By the numbers: More than 31,200 bachelor's degree recipients from the class of 2023 resided in the Triangle last year, according to JLL.

  • That's equal to 1.2% of all 2023 college graduates, up from 1.1% in 2013.

Zoom out: The Triangle ranked 20th among metro areas with the most recent graduates.

  • The metros that attracted the most graduates were: New York (272,000), Los Angeles (132,000), San Francisco Bay Area (122,000), Boston (108,000) and Chicago (106,000).
  • The cities with similar amounts of graduates as the Triangle were: Denver (36,000), Austin (36,000), Detroit (34,000), Orlando (28,000) and Charlotte (27,000).

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5. Photo du jour: A partial eclipse over the Capitol

The partial solar eclipse seen above the Statue of Freedom atop the dome of the U.S. Capitol building in Washington, D.C. Photo: Andrew Harnik/Getty Images

A break in the clouds during Monday's partial eclipse in Washington, D.C., made for some chilling photographs of the U.S. Capitol.

πŸ’­ Thought bubble: Zachery is a big fan of the slight breeze that kicks in when an eclipse begins.

πŸ—£οΈ Tell us how you experienced the partial eclipse here in the Triangle.

πŸ€ Shout out to reader David Sampson for winning the Axios Raleigh Men's Tournament Challenge and Maureen Capalbo for winning the Axios Raleigh Women's Tournament Challenge this year.

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This newsletter was edited by Jen Ashley and copy edited by Lucia Maher.