What @sog_ced is reading on the web: February 2013

CED_Icon_for_TwitterThe following are articles and reports on the web that the Community and Economic Development Program at the UNC School of Government shared through social media over the past month. Follow us on twitter or facebook to receive regular updates.

Plans for industrial “megasite” for economic development in Randolph County, North Carolina, evokes a range of reactions: http://bit.ly/12cmKRf.

Why would wealthy foreigners invest in U.S. charter schools? The EB-5 foreign investment program: http://wapo.st/YYTmpX.

Is entrepreneurship alley coming to Chapel Hill, North Carolina, in a bid to capture some of the enterprises springing from the university? bit.ly/XDukPb.

Grocery stores operate on thin margins with little room for error. Did this lead to the threat of a food desert in Southeast Raleigh? bit.ly/VBBiqw. Food deserts are found in rural areas, too: bit.ly/ZvddTS.

Is receivership the answer for blighted properties in North Carolina’s Triad region? bit.ly/Yc1eG0 and bit.ly/XQuphi. Other innovative approaches to abandoned homes in North Carolina: bit.ly/LnXoXb.

Report documents vacant property registration ordinances enacted across the country to track abandoned homes: bit.ly/Y5lKFO. North Carolina local governments can do the same thing under current law: http://bit.ly/VbH557 and http://bit.ly/Sow10A.

What to do with a shuttered shopping mall in Providence, Rhode Island? Put retail on the ground floor and apartments on upper floors: bit.ly/XrxDH2.

Manufacturing may not be the silver bullet to the nation’s economic development challenges: bit.ly/YF6UqI.

As Kinston, North Carolina, proceeds with plans to create a redevelopment area, op-ed urges public officials to use care in wielding the vast redevelopment powers (including eminent domain) granted to local governments: bit.ly/Y3xc5y

Report by beer distributors (who store & transport beer to retailers) quantifies the economic development impact of operations in North Carolina and beyond: bit.ly/X6VHkt.

Small business loan fund approved in Raleigh, North Carolina: bit.ly/14EBB4x.

Report describes how states encourage permanent affordable housing through allocations of federal Low-Income Housing Tax Credits: bit.ly/Ydi8lS.

Historic building in Indianapolis, Indiana, becomes hub for non-profits: bit.ly/Y4sJ1N.

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