Golden LEAF’s Community Assistance Initiative (CAI) in Lenior County: An Update

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Will Lambe is the Director of the Community-Campus Partnership and the Associate Director for the Community & Economic Development Program.

Lenoir Community College #6658On Monday night, November 9, community leaders from across Lenoir County came together to hear feedback on project proposals that have been submitted to the Golden LEAF Foundation. Foundation President Dan Gerlach provided an overview of project proposals, which total $8.3 million. The Foundation will invest $2 million in projects selected by a committee of local leaders and approved by the Golden LEAF board. The projects submitted for consideration fall into three main categories: economic development, education and health. They include a number of programs for at-risk students, workforce development, road improvement projects, beautification initiatives and expansion of health care in the county. Fifteen community leaders were selected to review and rank the proposals.

UNC, through the CCP, is playing a supporting role to a number of community-based organizations that are seeking support through the Golden LEAF Community Assistance Initiative.

Will Lambe authored the NC Rural Center report, Small Towns, Big Ideas, and he served as Director of the Community and Economic Development Program at the School of Government from 2009 to 2014.

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