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FAST buses resume full service

07 FAST TerminalAll Fayetteville Area System of Transit routes have resumed full service following several weeks of reduced bus routes because of COVID-19. Contact tracing continues after several employees tested positive for the coronavirus. The safety of employees and passengers is priority according to Transit Director Randy Hume. Lines on buses now mark a ‘no standing zone’ to encourage six feet of physical distance between the driver seat and passengers who must enter and exit the rear doors.

Additionally, FAST crews have increased the frequency of cleaning of buses and FAST facilities. Bus roof hatches are opened to increase airflow when weather permits. “Each FAST employee plays a vital role in providing transportation throughout Fayetteville. Our employees are truly the heart of our department and kept our community moving,” Hume said. All FAST employees, passengers and visitors are required to wear masks on board buses and at FAST facilities.

Some Capitol protesters had ties to military

06 Capitol insurectionProtesters-turned-rioters who massed at the Capitol on Jan. 6 carried with them pro-Trump signs, American flags and an array of political banners. Some waved Marine Corps flags; some sported military and tactical material. More than two dozen people who were later charged in crimes stemming from the attack on the Capitol had military ties. One veteran was accused of being the leader of the far-right, anti-government extremist group Oath Keepers. For decades, the U.S. military has sought out extremists such as militia groups, white supremacists, skin heads and others who advocate violence against the government. But the Defense Department has no method of tracking allegations of extremism.

The concerns were evident long before the attack on the Capitol. 25 years ago, then-Army Secretary Togo West ordered an army-wide investigation of subversives by a special task force he appointed. A two-month inquiry found only isolated cases of extremism in the ranks. West convened the task force following the 1995 murders by 82nd Airborne Division paratroopers of a black couple in Fayetteville. Police concluded the three white soldiers who were charged in the killings were skin heads with racial motives. The task force said many soldiers reported "an undercurrent of subtle racism" which focused on racial, ethnic and cultural differences.

FTCC Leadership Studies Program prepares students to be next generation of organizational leaders

02 leadership business wordsLeadership moves the world. That’s why it’s important, why we study it, and why we strive to be successful leaders in today’s winning organizations. Did you know that 37% of employees surveyed reported they had left a job mainly due to poor leadership? At its core, leadership is about human beings coming together to accomplish some desired outcome.

Start 2021 off on the right foot by pursuing a Leadership Studies degree at Fayetteville Technical Community College. Our Leadership Studies Program seeks students with the passion and dedication to join a new generation of organizational leaders who will confront challenges in an increasingly complex and constantly changing world. It guides and facilitates the processes that allow students a deep understanding and appreciation of the dynamics of leadership, the convergence of leadership with other people, and the role of the individual as a leader in groups, organizations and society.

In the program, students develop an understanding of leadership as a process and as a relationship among people that transcends the setting. Students gain a deep appreciation of the dynamics and responsibilities of leadership. In addition, the program prepares students for a successful career in leadership positions in a wide variety of career paths and professions to meet their professional and educational goals. For example, the program fosters crucial skills sought after by employers — innovation, teamwork, change management, adaptability, communication, critical thinking and analysis — hallmarks of leadership. These skills enable FTCC graduates to succeed in management or leadership roles in their organizations.

The program also prepares students for employment in a competitive marketplace or guides students to a bachelor’s degree at a four-year college. FTCC has numerous articulation agreements with four-year universities, allowing students to complete additional upper-level courses with the value of FTCC’s affordable tuition.

The program helps students understand leadership not only as a position but also as a process and a relationship among people, learn how to examine issues from varied perspectives, embrace differences and change, and seek innovative solutions to complicated problems. Courses challenge students to think critically, communicate effectively and anticipate change. Students can enter the program through the gateway course (LDR-110) Introduction to Leadership.

Without question, today’s workforce must be competitive, interactive and diverse to compete and succeed in a changing global economy. Leaders will be required to meet these global challenges with exceptional leadership skill sets needed to keep their companies successful and profitable in an ever-changing economic environment. Are you ready for the leadership challenge? Experience high-quality instruction at FTCC, regardless if the class is face to face, online or blended. At FTCC, students learn from proven business leaders who excel in many levels. Visit www.faytechcc.edu to apply. Feel free to email me at bellfloj@faytechcc.edu for help or questions about the degree program. Make the SMART choice for your education — Fayetteville Technical Community College!

Methodist to be named a Sullivan School in May 2021

09 MUThe Algernon Sydney Sullivan Foundation has selected Methodist University to award Algernon Sydney Sullivan and Mary Mildred Sullivan medallions and certificates beginning at the May 2021 commencement ceremony.

The University will also house a permanent plaque where the names of the recipients will be added annually.

“It is a tremendous honor for Methodist University to join the ranks of other distinguished universities and colleges that are authorized to present the Sullivan Award,” said Methodist University President Stanley T. Wearden.

“This will become one of our highest distinctions for students, an honor that recognizes the well-rounded student: academically strong, meaningfully engaged in the community, driven by a commitment to putting others before themselves. These are the qualities to which we aspire. Our mission statement commits Methodist University to truth, virtue, justice, and love, which correspond well with the goals of the Sullivan Foundation. This award gives Methodist the opportunity to recognize members of our university community who best exemplify these values.”

The medallions are awarded to college students and members of the college community who have demonstrated noble character and have acted as humble servants by serving those around them. Rev. Kelli Taylor, Methodist University’s vice president of Religious Life and Community Engagement, received a medallion in 1989 when studying at Converse College.

“Receiving the Sullivan medallion moves beyond recognition and joins recipients to a community of scholars who value the ideals of heart, mind, and conduct as evince of a spirit of love for and helpfulness to humanity,” said Taylor. “Nobility of character, a criterion that the Sullivan Foundation defines as ‘when one goes outside the narrow circle of self-interest and begins to spend himself for the interests of mankind,’ is critical to a society immersed in conversations of racial justice, love for neighbor, and unity.”

Notable recipients include former First Lady Elanor Roosevelt, TV personality Mr. Fred Rogers, former Secretary of Defense Robert Gates, and tennis star Betty Pratt.

The Sullivan Foundation was established in 1934 and began awarding service-based scholarships to deserving students while establishing endowments at certain schools within its network. Its roots go back nearly 80 years earlier, when Algernon Sydney Sullivan himself was a young lawyer in Indiana. He used his legal talents and personal wealth to help those in trouble in his community, building a reputation for taking on clients who could pay him little or nothing when he believed their cause was just. When Algernon and his wife Mary Mildred Sullivan moved to New York in 1856, they remained dedicated to the cause of helping people in trouble. A believer in equality for all, Algernon also sponsored the first African American member of the New York Bar Association.

The honor that Algernon would have appreciated the most was the one he received when the New York Southern Society — an organization he himself founded — established the Algernon Sydney Sullivan Award in 1890. The award was created to recognize college students in the South for “excellence of character and service to humanity.” Algernon and Mary’s only son, George, continued and cemented the Sullivans’ legacy when, in 1934, he created the Sullivan Foundation to ensure the continued existence of the awards. The Foundation remains as strong as ever today, building a legacy of service, courage, and character.

Methodist University is an independent, four-year institution of higher education with approximately 2,000 students from across the U.S. and more than 70 countries. Methodist University offers more than 80 undergraduate and graduate degree programs (including doctoral-level options) on campus and online.

Coworking spaces offer opportunities for business and employees

01 IMG 2397According to a 2020 research study by coworkingresources.org, an expected 5 million people will be working from coworking spaces by 2024, a 158 percent increase since 2020.

The need for facilities to provide coworking spaces is already being addressed in Fayetteville with current and new offices sweeping in.

Fayetteville’s newest coworking venture called The Hub is owned by Tyson Commercial Real Estate. The space, located at 109 Hay St., is set to open in March, and join existing spaces like Revolutionary Coworking and The Common to accommodate the increasing need for coworking facilities.

“The Hub is Fayetteville’s community connector and offers a turnkey experience and workspaces for business owners and entrepreneurs in our area,” Henry Tyson, co-founder of The Hub, said. “It’s a space to incubate an idea for an emerging company, a place for people to get together and do business with one another all while spurring each other on towards accomplishing their goals.”

The 3,500 sq ft. coworking space will offer small office spaces, desks, storage, conference rooms for meetings, patio space, and options for designated parking with the goal of flexibility for customers.

It’s a membership model said Clark Rinehart, consultant for The Hub. There is a monthly option, or folks can also come in and use the space for the day or week, Rinehart said.

Rinehart owns a coworking business in Raleigh and says his expertise is the layout and design of such spaces helps him make recommendations for the Fayetteville market.

While there are other great providers in Fayetteville, Rinehart said The Hub aims to establish a premium working space with all the amenities people expect in a professional office space.

Due to pandemic social distancing restrictions, The Hub will accommodate about 55 to 60 spots for coworking. The facility will provide premium coffee, dedicated parking, high speed Wi-Fi and staff on site to help with any issues.

Our team has worked really hard to create a premium and professional environment that will foster growth from the heart of the city, Tyson said.

The Hub is offering scheduled tours and information to potential customers and can be reached at http://hubfaye.com/landing-page/ or their email hello@hubfaye.com

“Is the traditional office space dead? No, but a hybrid model having flexibility — like you can work from home and then have a place perhaps even a small footprint companies had prior to the pandemic — that’s why I think these models will thrive,” Rinehart said. “I do think there is a market for coworking spaces in Fayetteville, especially downtown, lots of small businesses, military, entrepreneurs and people who have been running very successful companies from home who are yearning for these types of spaces.”

The Fayetteville Cumberland County Economic Development Corporation’s CORE Innovation Center located in the PWC building downtown offers tech-focused coworking spaces.

The Core Innovation Center is little different than a coworking space. Designed for government contracting and energy companies, it places emphasis on those doing business with the government, said Robert Van Geons, President/CEO of FCEDC.

Launched about 18 months ago, it hosts military contractors and technology companies with FCEDC’s that share their primary focus of recruiting and developing new businesses for Fayetteville.

The effort was designed to support the adoption of advanced technology in the Fayetteville-Cumberland County area and work to retain innovative entrepreneurs, he said.

“I think that it’s a very exciting development for our community to have various coworking spaces, many that are currently successful and many that are starting up,” Van Geons said. “It provides options for people that are teleworkers, entrepreneurs, startups.”

Kyle Simms, who rents a space out of Revolutionary Coworking located downtown said he works for a medical device company based in Oregon.

“The company hired me, and I didn’t want to move to Oregon, so they let me stay here in North Carolina, so the company picks up my rent space. It's a good flexible way of giving me an office,” Simms said. “The biggest reasons I need an office is for personal meetings, small groups and the conference room space for larger focus groups.”

As a member, Simms describes one perk of getting to use 20 hours of conference room time every month at Revolutionary Coworking. When he was working from home, it would cost $700 to $800 to rent a conference room at a hotel.

“I was already working remotely out of the coworking space since 2017 before the pandemic,” he said. “I have had an office there since, but now I use it more just because the kids are at home and remote learning and it’s made it a bit difficult to work from home.”

Revolutionary Coworking offers different membership levels, for more info visit https://www.revolutionarycoworking.com.

While family may be a distraction for some who work from home, others can feel a sense of isolation working from home. Some workers want the option to come work in a dedicated space two to three days outside of their home, Rinehart said.

“Bringing people who have certain interests and affinities together to really create this greater sense of ‘we are in this together’ and we want to see this innovation hub emerge from the heart of Fayetteville,” Rinehart said.
Van Geons said there is absolutely a market in Fayetteville for coworking spaces.

“If you look at the Commons, they are expanding their coworking space on Morganton Road, The Hub will serve more everyday folks, and Revolutionary has more short-term folks as well,” he said. “Each of them is serving a different audience and there's room for a lot more here.”


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