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Promoting Local Food Systems for Community and Economic Development

March 16, 2010

Rick Morse is a School of Government faculty member. By now most people have at least heard of the “local foods” movement. Thanks to Michael Pollan and his compatriots, terms like “locavore” and “foodshed” have made their way into our lexicon. The idea here is to create “more locally based, self-rel … Continued

Local Purchasing Preferences as an Economic Development Strategy

March 4, 2010

Jonathan Morgan is a School of Government faculty member. On February 17, 2010 Governor Beverly Perdue signed Executive Order No. 50 that will give North Carolina-based businesses an opportunity to match the lowest bid on state contracts for the purchase of goods.  The order authorizes the Secretary … Continued

Free tax preparation as a way to build individual assets

January 20, 2010

Lisa Stifler is a Research Associate with the Community & Economic Development Program. With tax season now upon us, dozens of community organizations and groups throughout North Carolina are beginning to open their doors to offer free tax preparation for low- and moderate-income individuals, th … Continued

Preserving individual financial assets through vehicles

January 13, 2010

Lisa Stifler is a Research Associate with the Community & Economic Development Program. In rural areas, particularly those within commuting distance to cities, the cost of transportation is high, and often more expensive than in urban areas.  Reasons for the high costs include the lack of or ina … Continued

Public Investment in Broadband Infrastructure

December 17, 2009

Rick Morse is a School of Government faculty member. If you have not followed the news on this, the City of Wilson, NC recently invested $28 million on a fiber optic network throughout the community and now operates Greenlight cable, internet, and phone as a local utility. After the big cable compan … Continued

Funding Opportunities for Rural Economic Development Projects

November 30, 2009

Will Lambe is the Director of the Community-Campus Partnership and Associate Director for the Community & Economic Development Program. Deadlines are approaching for several grant and loan programs focused on rural community and economic development in North Carolina. The North Carolina Rural Ec … Continued

Boundary Organizations and Collaboration

November 18, 2009

Rick Morse is a faculty member at the School of Government. Have you ever heard of boundary organizations? Probably not, unless you happen to be among a small niche of academics who research the social studies of science. But the for those interested in collaboration and partnerships for community a … Continued

Valid cash incentive or illegal tax rebate?

October 28, 2009

Tyler Mulligan is a School of Government faculty member. One news outlet reported that in exchange for constructing a data center in North Carolina, Apple Inc. will be reimbursed by North Carolina local governments for “50 percent of tax revenue on real estate property — buildings and land — and 85 … Continued

Mission investing by community foundations

October 16, 2009

Tyler Mulligan is a School of Government faculty member. In the traditional model of philanthropic foundations, the principal (or endowment) is invested in a conservative investment portfolio to generate a predictable return. The returns on investment become the operating funds of the foundation, wi … Continued