What @sog_ced is reading on the web: February 2014

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.

The North Carolina Department of Commerce continued to move forward with its plans to transfer economic development functions to a new public-private nonprofit entity.

North Carolina Department of Commerce delays the shift of economic development functions to new nonprofit entity until 3rd quarter 2014: bit.ly/1a4v8Xl

On agenda at first board meeting of new nonprofit entity: Develop plan for transfer of functions and staff from the North Carolina Department of Commerce. bit.ly/1kZJN9X

Can North Carolina’s proposed public-private partnership for economic development raise more private funds than Arizona’s similar effort? bit.ly/NjcqAK

North Carolina General Assembly’s Fiscal Research Division: “no conclusive study” can say that a public-private partnership is better or worse at economic development than a public agency. bit.ly/1eF0Da1

The possibility of establishing an industrial megasite for automobile manufacturing in the Triad region continues to make news:

What is the appropriate role for the state in supporting development of an industrial megasite for automobile manufacturing in North Carolina? bit.ly/1dTtnXQ

North Carolina Governor says he wants to see an industrial megasite for automobile manufacturing established in the Triad region. bit.ly/1eMhKmC

The local government retreat season is in full swing, and some of the discussions among elected leaders that made news involved community economic development:

Economic development ideas at Stanly County North Carolina board retreat: attract broadband, leverage water sales, more commercial tax base. bit.ly/1fsSjX8

Anson Cnty North Carolina economic development summit: agri-biz, value-add processing, farmland preserv, workforce dev & more. bit.ly/1hVrouH

Local food councils and networks received increased attention this month, in part due to hearings on “food deserts” held by a bipartisan House Committee on Food Desert Zones in the North Carolina General Assembly.

Story about 171 food deserts in North Carolina and bipartisan examination of the problem. bit.ly/NrXYq4

Some thoughts on local food councils and networks and why local governments should care. bit.ly/N2Mc5C

Resource on food policy networks (also known as local food councils). bit.ly/1hPJT3Q

Primer published by Center for Environmental Farming Systems for local governments looking to develop their local food system. bit.ly/1j9kW0v

Crowd-funding opens up new possibilities for raising investment capital for community revitalization efforts:

Competition occurring between states to set up intrastate crowd-funding exemptions. bit.ly/MlXwJc

GroundFloor, a Raleigh startup, helps close first crowd-funded real estate deal. bit.ly/MPmocJ

Items of interest related to CED in North Carolina:

Graduate students in Planning, Public Administration, Business, and Law assist North Carolina communities with financial and development feasibility analysis as part of a Community Revitalization class at the UNC School of Government. One of the student projects was discussed by elected officials at the Granite Quarry board meeting. bit.ly/MlZF7O

Charlotte conducts “innovative” study of economic development impact of immigrants and their businesses to learn how to integrate those in the “shadows” into the local economy. bit.ly/1eMeBDB

News report looks at the community development approach used by Purpose Built Communities as a possible model for reducing blight and crime in troubled area of Fayetteville, North Carolina. bit.ly/1fsUeek

Davidson County, North Carolina, continues to plan for a 1000-acre industrial park. The idea won local Chamber of Commerce backing. The county expects to contribute as a member of a limited liability corporation established for that purpose. bit.ly/1a4wQb7

Good Jobs First report: North Carolina ranked third in the U.S. for transparency and public disclosure about economic development incentives. bit.ly/1a4u3Pk

Other CED items:

How can North Carolina support older entrepreneurs? In 2013, approximately 20% of all new businesses were started by persons age 50-59, and 15% were started by those age 60 and up. nyti.ms/1aFlNWd

Free civic engagement self-assessment tool provided by International City/County Management Society (ICMA). See bottom of this page: bit.ly/1jNS2G0

Does building super-fast internet infrastructure lead to economic development gains? Ask Chattanooga Tennessee, a.k.a. “Gig City”: nyti.ms/1naGcCT

Tennessee Governor wants to make community college free. wapo.st/1fHvgMp

Historic rehabilitation partnerships given “safe harbor” by IRS. bit.ly/1gAktCf

Last month’s edition of “What @sog_ced is reading….” bit.ly/1czYHPJ

Compiled by Tyler Mulligan

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