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New Resource on the Role of Local Elected Officials in Economic Development

May 4, 2017

The National League of Cities (NLC) recently released a guide to help local elected leaders better understand economic development and their role in the process.  Produced in partnership with the International Economic Development Council (IEDC), What You Should Know 2.0: Elected Leaders and Economi … Continued

Student Corner: North Carolina Education and Workforce Development Part II: The North Carolina Community College System

December 22, 2016

The first post in this CED blog series on education and workforce development in North Carolina elaborated on Work Ready Communities. Part II examines opportunities for workforce development within the North Carolina Community College System. Improving pathways to higher education is a key component … Continued

Student Corner: North Carolina Education and Workforce Development: Work Ready Communities

November 3, 2016

A powerful common denominator between economic development and human capital development is education. Communities with well-regarded schools incentivize businesses to be recruited to an area to make use of local talent. It is a cycle in which the economic vitality of an area is contingent upon the … Continued

Understanding the Tools Available for CED Professionals: How Far Do NC Local Governments Go in Social Media Presence?

October 18, 2016

This past Friday, at the Southeastern Conference for Public Administration 2016 Annual Conference in Raleigh, second year UNC MPA graduate student Sabrina Willard accepted the Robert Klein Award for her paper on the presence of social media in North Carolina jurisdictions. The results of her paper r … Continued

Equity and Economic Development: What’s the Connection?

September 9, 2016

There is a renewed interest among many public officials in figuring out how to address intractable economic inequities that continue to exist in the U.S.   In response, the UNC School of Government’s Public Executive Leadership Academy (PELA) now includes a session on equitable growth and developmen … Continued

Student Corner: Statistics on Your Corner: Using Data Better in CED

August 11, 2016

In previous posts the CED blog explored the many publicly available sources for local data that can inform municipal staff, real estate professionals, and policy makers. But how can local governments make use this data, and how can they know that the conclusions reached are valid? Often municipal go … Continued

Coordinating Staff Efforts for Development: Mixed Expectations and Missed Opportunities

May 12, 2016

You are excited about a new grant possibility for the city to help with a business incubator initiative on which you have been working. You realize that you need to start getting the application together because you are certain that this grant will soon become a city priority.  You and a colleague, … Continued

Student Corner: Coding for Economic Development

May 10, 2016

“In short, software is eating the world.” – Mark Andreessen, co-founded Netscape From cell phones, cars, to wearable tech, software keeps finding new ways to enter our lives. Mobile apps are flourishing and have transformed service-delivery whether we are banking online, hailing an Uber ride, watchi … Continued

Live Long and Prosper: Does CED Impact How Long We Live?

April 19, 2016

I often think about ways in which local government matters in the daily lives of citizens. This month, a major study was released showing how local conditions, and community and economic development, infrastructure, and planning in particular, may have a direct impact on the most basic quality of li … Continued

Student Corner: Behavioral Science in Local Government

January 14, 2016

Anyone who has taken a basic economics course understands that core economic theories rely on the assumption that people act rationally. Anyone who has worked with people understands that, simply put, they are not very rational actors. This is where behavioral science steps in. Professor Dan Ariely … Continued