What @sog_ced is reading on the web: May 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.

Details emerging on possible transition to delivering economic development services through a public-private partnership at the state level in North Carolina: bit.ly/18YBdhz.

Fascinating history of urban renewal and redevelopment in New Bern, North Carolina: bit.ly/12M1NbT. Looking forward to the next installment on June 2.

Center for Housing Policy report sheds light on the plight of working renters. In North Carolina, 20.9% of working renters spent over half their income on housing in 2011, up from 18.0% in 2008. Compare to rates nationwide, where 26.4% of working renters spent over half their income on housing in 2011, up 3% since 2008. bit.ly/13Pi8NL.

North Carolina local governments struggling with emerging role of solar farms. Landfill “made sense,” bit.ly/12M04TG, but site on arable land rejected: bit.ly/13E5AtX.

Mill redevelopment in Gastonia, North Carolina gets national coverage: nyti.ms/12gyRIw.

Certificate of Deposit offered by a North Carolina credit union promises to invest in local green business and grassroots economic development: bit.ly/17PrNIU.

Yes, there are more new restaurants in cities of all sizes in North Carolina: slate.me/16ATNQa.

Robbins, North Carolina, awarded EPA brownfields grant to clean up old mill site. bit.ly/14gXcPS.

Richard Florida on America’s best-performing cities, here. (spoiler alert: Raleigh-Cary listed at #3)

UNC Wilmington establishes venture capital fund to support economic development in Wilmington region bit.ly/15gNMIB.

Report: 93% of bank branch closures since 2008 occurred in lower-income neighborhoods. bit.ly/10aa9aS.

Duke Energy’s site readiness program announces new locations for industrial site prep in North Carolina. bit.ly/YfM3hq.

Nonprofit firms form REIT to protect affordable housing: on.wsj.com/102VCg9.

Mountain Xpress: U.S. Treasury Department tags $120 million in New Markets Tax Credits (NMTC) for North Carolina development organizations. bit.ly/ZP6RwP.

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