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Conversations with advisory board members – Part 3

September 15, 2009

Here are notes from the third conversation – – Something to think about is poverty, its causes, and how much is related to land – Land ownership is power – political, economic, social – Issues around policies in relation to institutionalized racism and depressing property values – i.e. home appraisa … Read more

Conversations with advisory board members – Part 2

September 15, 2009

Here are notes from the second conversation – – Worry that waiting to decide criteria after looking at strategies will lead in the wrong direction – Question the ability of strategies to create living wage incomes – it all comes down to living wages/incomes, or at least the possibility for living wa … Read more

Conversations with advisory board members – Part 1

September 15, 2009

Over the next few months I will be posting notes from conversations with advisory board members for the Rural Center project.  The notes will not name names, but will, we hope, give everyone an idea of what others are saying, keep you informed, and spark other thoughts and discussions.  Here are the … Read more

IDA study

September 15, 2009

On the first large-scale test of IDAs – You can search results, data, and perspectives by group – individual families, private partners, community leaders, and policymakers.  About 14% of the accountholders involved in the study were from rural communities, but the data does not … Read more

Golden LEAF in Lenoir County

September 15, 2009

Residents of Lenoir County gathered last night for the 4th meeting of the Golden LEAF Community Assistance Initiative (CAI). The group divided into breakout rooms to establish outcome measures within each of the county’s priority areas: (1) Economic Development and Infrastructure, (2) Education and … Read more

Public Hearings for Cash Incentives: An Unwritten Rule?

September 15, 2009

North Carolina local governments frequently use cash grants as an economic development incentive to lure businesses into their respective jurisdictions. The grants are authorized under the Local Development Act, G.S. 158-7.1 et seq., but a quick read of the statutes might obscure the need for a publ … Read more

Recent article from The Nation

September 10, 2009

Here is an article from The Nation about an interesting program in Mileston, Holmes County, MS, the poorest county in the poorest state in the country.  It is a program that combines farming, farmer’s markets, government entitlement programs, health, youth programming, and education.