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The Opportunity Zones Program

March 15, 2018

In December 2017, Congress established a new community development program called “Opportunity Zones”. This blog post will provide an overview of the program, subject to change as it evolves. The Opportunity Zones program is based on the bipartisan “Investing in Opportunity Act” but was enacted as a … Continued

Can Community Ownership Eliminate Food Deserts?

June 10, 2015

A previous post to this blog looked at development finance tools that can be used to address food deserts. This post introduces new findings about food deserts and looks at a cooperative grocer in Greensboro that aims to eliminate its neighborhood’s food desert and spur economic development. “Give a … Continued

Development Finance Initiative (DFI) featured in Coates Connection

November 12, 2013

The following article appeared in the Fall 2013 issue of Coates Connection: Development Finance Initiative Helps Communities Secure Funding for Economic Development Projects At first glance, Michael Lemanski may not seem like the adventure-seeking, daredevil type. However, when it comes to exploring … Continued

Countervailing Trends

June 9, 2010

Rick Morse is a School of Government faculty member. “Practical futurist” Michael Rogers recently gave a keynote speech at a Triangle J forum in Durham about how technological innovations are transforming society. It was an excellent and thought provoking speech. At the same time, I’ve also been rea … Continued