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The End of Economic Development Tiers in North Carolina?

January 7, 2016

In many ways, the system of economic development tiers that North Carolina uses to determine which counties are most in need of state support has never fully lived up to expectations. With the passage of the William S. Lee Act in 1996, the tiers system was applied to all 100 counties in the state. T … Continued

Student Corner: Mixed Reviews — A Retrospective of Durham’s HOPE VI Revitalization Project

May 15, 2014

In August 2000, The Durham Housing Authority (DHA) in partnership with The Community Builders (TCB) received a $35 million HOPE VI grant from the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) to revitalize Few Gardens, a public housing development located in Northeast Durham. The purpose of the … Continued

What Works in Revitalizing Distressed Older Suburban Areas?

February 7, 2012

Jonathan Morgan is a School of Government faculty member. This is a continuation of the series of blog posts focused on “What Works” in economic development.  Two previous posts (Part I, Part II)  identified some effective strategies for incubating small start-up businesses. This post highlights a r … Continued

Savings Programs for Low-Income Households: Overcoming Challenges in Rural Areas

January 26, 2012

Tyler Mulligan is a School of Government faculty member. This post is part of a series that highlights approaches described in a School of Government web guide on asset-building tactics for individuals and communities on the economic margin. A prior post lists several reasons that many communities h … Continued

Build Financial Assets for Low-income Households by Sponsoring IDA Programs

January 17, 2012

Tyler Mulligan is a School of Government faculty member. This post is part of a series that highlights approaches described in a School of Government web guide on asset-building strategies for individuals and communities on the economic margin. Market-based economies are characterized by boom and bu … Continued

Asset-Based Development: An Approach to Poverty in the U.S.

December 29, 2011

With politicians and the media focusing so much attention on the gap between the rich and the poor, some community leaders are asking what they can do to assist communities and households on the economic margin. One approach that deserves serious examination is known as “asset-based development.” Th … Continued