What @sog_ced is reading online: January 2018

The 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.

Items of interest related to CED in North Carolina:

News & Observer update on Rocky Mount Mills, a multimillion dollar historic redevelopment anchored by a craft brewery incubator: http://bit.ly/2qH1LbR

Report from the Information Technology & Innovation Foundation (ITIF) finds that North Carolina leads all states in industry support of university research (12.1%), generating economic development benefits: http://bit.ly/2Dq0JGE

Bloomberg.com reports on High Point, North Carolina’s taxable bonds to construct a publicly-owned minor league baseball stadium in a bid to attract private investment to revitalize downtown: https://bloom.bg/2BamftD

The North Carolina Center for Public Policy Research evaluates the connection between teacher retention and affordable housing. http://bit.ly/2DxlkcY

Will the North Carolina General Assembly modify the county “Development Tier” designations at the heart of many State funding formulas? http://bit.ly/2Fza8ZY

Other CED items:                                           

HUD (Department of Housing and Urban Development) delays the fair housing rule until 2020 and will stop reviewing fair housing plans to address racial segregation. HUD says local governments need more time to adjust to the rule: http://reut.rs/2lXmfrs

The New York Times’ The Upshot argues that NIMBY has evolved into “Not In My Neighborhood” as owners and even renters try to control variables that they perceive (rightly or wrongly) affect their property values. http://nyti.ms/2CGwV8g 

Small grocer locates in low-income food deserts throughout the country, including South Carolina, backed by a group of military veterans on a mission to bring affordable full-service grocery stores to underserved low-income areas. http://bit.ly/2ATbdJi 

Excellent case study of the attempted merger of five nonprofit housing organizations in western New York – benefits & challenges, rural & urban: http://bit.ly/2Dm9VvD

New York Times explains how the tax overhaul will result in lower production of affordable housing for those full time workers earning 60% of area median income; and the amount of “naturally occurring affordable housing” is falling too. http://nyti.ms/2EVCLA4

Tax law included a new tool for community development: qualified investments in “Opportunity Zones,” which are distressed areas that must be designated by governor, get tax benefits such as deferral of taxes on gains and stepped-up basis. http://bit.ly/2rS3DiD 

Last month’s edition of “What @sog_ced is reading….” https://ced.sog.unc.edu/what-sog_ced-is-reading-online-december-2017/

Compiled by Marcia Perritt

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