What @sog_ced is reading on the web: March 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.

Reports about North Carolina’s economic development efforts:

Site Selection magazine ranks states by total economic development projects (North Carolina came in 7th) and projects per capita (North Carolina not in top 10). bit.ly/1g7noUW

Survey: Two-thirds of North Carolina voters support economic development incentives to attract industry to the state. http://bit.ly/P2zPaF

Chiquita’s merger and possible relocation of its headquarters from Charlotte prompted questions about the role of incentives:

Will Chiquita economic development incentives be recaptured if company fails to keep its HQ in Charlotte post-merger? bit.ly/1e5DqxY

Exec Dir of Good Jobs First offers thoughts on economic development incentives for Chiquita in wake of announced merger. bit.ly/1gKuNKj

Food insecurity and local foods continue to receive attention:

Article on Governing about food insecurity in America underscores the importance of community food councils. bit.ly/1gCJC1d

Op-ed in City Limits discusses link between local food and community development. bit.ly/1hIQc4m

Items of interest related to CED in North Carolina:

Panel discusses joint economic development strategies for local governments of the greater Wilmington region. bit.ly/1m9rJIv

Rockingham County realigns how it is organized to deliver economic development services. bit.ly/1g6tTsG

Wilson, North Carolina continues to follow through on its 2020 community vision.  bit.ly/1fnerT1

Opinion piece makes the case that small banks in North Carolina are important community assets. bit.ly/1gKsbMd

Manufacturing career expo for students demonstrates that the quality of the workforce still matters to companies in Lincoln County North Carolina. bit.ly/1i0OETT

Crowd funded real estate deals proven? Raleigh startup closes on loans for two homes. http://bit.ly/QpdK7q

News & Observer’s interactive map and county-by-county breakdown of North Carolina population changes since 2010: bit.ly/1f0gWio

Other CED items:

Carsey Institute survey suggests more walkable communities have more social capital. bit.ly/Pq8oIB

Coatesville, Pennsylvania meeting touches on community benefits agreements (CBAs), redevelopment authorities, and special tax financing districts. bit.ly/1jKG9y5

Report reminds us that the notion of an American “economy” quantified by Gross Domestic Product (GDP) is a social construction that is relatively new to our country’s political discourse. n.pr/1mT7ZJC

Great advice on traps to avoid when doing community visioning and planning. bit.ly/1eHaWGA

Report drafted for Fort Collins, Colorado, attempts to quantify how investments in clean energy will lead to local government savings and a net economic benefit. bit.ly/1cdVqHM

Last month’s edition of “What @sog_ced is reading….” bit.ly/ND0dHo

Compiled by Tyler Mulligan

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