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Food Deserts and Development Finance Options in North Carolina

February 18, 2014

On January 27, 2014, the North Carolina General Assembly’s House Committee on Food Desert Zones heard testimony about food deserts in North Carolina. A “food desert” is defined in the Food, Conservation, and Energy Act of 2008 as an area “with limited access to affordable and nutritious food.” Maps … Continued

Small Business Access to Capital (Part III): Loan-Loss Reserve Fund

May 23, 2013

This is the third in a series of blog posts on tools available to local governments to assist small businesses. Previous posts have covered revolving loan funds (parts I and II). A second option is a loan-loss reserve fund. What is a loan-loss reserve fund? A loan-loss reserve fund (LLRF) involves a … Continued