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The Power of Partnership: The Case of the NC Commerce Park in Alamance County

December 13, 2016

The N.C. Commerce Park in Alamance County, North Carolina is an economic development success story that underscores how vital interlocal and regional collaboration is for community and economic development. It highlights the power of partnership and also the importance of local leaders that share a … Read more

Working Across Boundaries: The Tryon International Equestrian Center

August 13, 2015

I’d like to recommend a recent article in the Palm Beach Post that tells the story of the Tryon International Equestrian Center, located in Polk County, North Carolina. It is framed as a “missed opportunity” for the City of Wellington, Florida. Wellington is already a major player in the equestrian … Read more

Collaboration and Community Resilience

December 11, 2012

In the wake of the recent mega-storm Sandy, we hear a lot of discussion about “community resilience.” RAND Corporation defines community resilience as “the sustained ability of a community to utilize available resources to respond to, withstand, and recover from adverse situations.”  Hurricanes, tor … Read more

Interlocal Cooperation Has Never Been More Important

December 13, 2011

Rick Morse is a School of Government faculty member. Continuing state budget problems, combined with shrinking tax bases and the reduction in federal aid work together to put local governments in long-term fiscal crisis. The responses of local governments to this fiscal crunch have significant conse … Read more

Overcoming Obstacles to Collaboration: The Role of Emotional Intelligence

June 16, 2011

Rick Morse is a School of Government faculty member. While cross-sectoral and cross-jurisdictional partnerships are often key to successful community and economic development, the fact remains that there are many real obstacles to collaboration, including time, turf, and trust. People naturally resi … Read more

Recommended Book: Working Across Boundaries

February 8, 2011

Rick Morse is a School of Government faculty member. His work focuses on collaborative governance and public leadership. Community economic development is a classic example of a “transboundary” issue. There is no single authority that, acting alone, can effectively address community and economic dev … Read more