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Clarifying Expectations for Members of an Economic Development Advisory Group

May 15, 2012

Vaughn Mamlin Upshaw is a Lecturer in Public Administration and Governance at the UNC School of Government. In a previous post, I offered seven strategies for creating a successful economic development advisory board. This post continues that discussion by expanding on the importance of clarifying e … Continued

Seven Strategies for Creating Successful Economic Development Advisory Boards

January 10, 2012

Vaughn Mamlin Upshaw is a Lecturer in Public Administration and Governance at the UNC School of Government. Almost monthly there’s a news report about an elected board being out of step with one of its appointed boards. Most recently the complaint was that a county board of commissioners had little … Continued

Developing Your Community’s Civic Capital: Increasing Opportunities for Youth Involvement

January 18, 2011

Kelley O’Brien is the Director of the North Carolina Civic Education Consortium, a program of the School of Government and one of the five North Carolina Civic Health Index partner organizations. This is a third in a series of blog posts about the 2010 North Carolina Civic Health Index, a study that … Continued

Developing Your Community’s Civic Capital with Local Government Youth Councils

December 28, 2010

Kelley O’Brien is the Director of the North Carolina Civic Education Consortium, a program of the School of Government and one of the five North Carolina Civic Health Index partner organizations. This is a second in a series of blog posts (click here for first post) about the 2010 North Carolina Civ … Continued

Conversations with advisory board members – Part 4

September 15, 2009

Notes from the fourth conversation – – There are not really any community wealth building or individual asset building strategies that are not anti-poverty strategies – Stay in regular contact with the Rural Center – UNC-TV produced a documentary called “NC Rising” and they are doing town hall meeti … Continued

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 … Continued

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 … Continued

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 … Continued