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Kannapolis, NC: Strategic Vision, Financial Planning, Development

July 18, 2019

This blog post features a project undertaken by the UNC School of Government’s Development Finance Initiative. The Development Finance Initiative (DFI) was established in 2011 to assist North Carolina communities with achieving their community economic development goals. DFI partners with communitie … Continued

Courting Locally: The Economic Gardening Strategy

October 3, 2017

It is a story as old as time. The process can be exhausting in the pursuit of “the one”, and the search can go long and far. While that old story typically refers to love, the same can be said for the relationship between places and economic development. Cities across the country have continually pu … Continued

Retail Incubators and Main Street Revitalization: Part II

October 4, 2016

In Part I of this post, the CED blog introduced retail incubators and a program-based model that provides financial, educational and networking support for retail start-ups transitioning to brick-and-mortar stores. In Part II, CED examines the space-based model. Space-based retail incubators allow r … Continued

As Walmart shutters stores, what’s next for small towns?

February 9, 2016

Less than five years after Walmart introduced its small-format retail model, Express stores are throwing in the towel. This month, the big box retailer announced plans to shutter 154 stores across the country. North Carolina, one of the states to pilot the pared down Walmart experience, will see all … Continued

Foreclosures, abandoned homes, and minimum housing codes

February 16, 2010

[2011 UPDATE: For more detail on this topic, see the following 2011 book: Housing Codes for Repair and Maintenance: Using the General Police Power and Minimum Housing Statutes to Prevent Dwelling Deterioration] North Carolina experienced a record number of foreclosures in 2008. Then, in 2009, even m … Continued