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In Vino, Veritable Impact on Tourism

November 7, 2017

As of now, the fires that burned in Northern California’s wine region earlier this month are nearly 100% contained. It has been a dramatic, devastating scene in perhaps the most iconic region for grape-growing and wine-drinking outside of Tuscany or Bordeaux, and the impacts are, and will continue t … Continued

CDFIs and Small Business Lending

February 19, 2015

Previous blog posts have discussed the role of Community Development Financial Institutions (CDFIs) in North Carolina. CDFIs are typically smaller financial institutions that engage in mission-drive lending intended to expand access to capital in low-wealth and underserved communities in order to fo … Continued

Can Environmental Regulation Promote Economic Development?

November 26, 2013

In response to pressure from the state’s new data centers, Duke Energy recently filed a pilot program with the North Carolina Utilities Commission requesting approval to directly sell renewable energy to “new” industrial customers in the state. This pilot program seems directly targeted to the new d … Continued

Considerations for the Future of WNC Agriculture

February 17, 2011

Aaron Nousaine is a UNC-Chapel Hill graduate student pursuing a master’s degree in City and Regional Planning. He is currently working with the Land-of-Sky Regional Council in Asheville through the Carolina Economic Revitalization Corps (CERC). The family farm as the cornerstone of American agricult … Continued

Lessons for Planning Sustainable Communities

October 29, 2010

Aaron Nousaine is a UNC-Chapel Hill graduate student pursuing a master’s degree in City and Regional Planning. He is currently working with the Land-of-Sky Regional Council in Asheville through the Carolina Economic Revitalization Corps (CERC). In an previous post I described the new trajectory bein … Continued

Building Community Around Clean Energy

September 22, 2010

Aaron Nousaine is a UNC-Chapel Hill graduate student pursuing a master’s degree in City and Regional Planning. He is currently working with the Land-of-Sky Regional Council in Asheville through the Carolina Economic Revitalization Corps (CERC). On October 8th the Land-of-Sky Regional Council, Advant … Continued

A New Survey of WNC Clean Energy Businesses

July 30, 2010

Aaron Nousaine is a UNC-Chapel Hill graduate student pursuing a master’s degree in City and Regional Planning. He is currently working with the Land-of-Sky Regional Council in Asheville through the Carolina Economic Revitalization Corps (CERC). As described in an earlier post, the Land-of-Sky Region … Continued

The Economic Importance of Appalachian Highways

July 2, 2010

Over the past six months, the Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) has released two new studies emphasizing the economic importance of the Appalachian highway system. The first study quantifies the economic impacts of two major rockslides that occurred in southwestern North Carolina and Tennessee i … Continued