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2019 Scholarship Application Period Open!

The 2019 scholarship application period is open! NCEDA proudly sponsors three scholarships to support professional advancement in the economic development field:   The Dan Stewart EDC Scholarship pays $650 toward tuition for the one-week basic economic development course at UNC Chapel Hill. The scholarship recipient is...

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Smith Anderson to Lead NCEDA Lobbying Efforts

Raleigh-based Smith Anderson Law Firm is serving as NCEDA government relations counsel effective February 1. The organization engaged Smith Anderson’s services after a lengthy search that began in early December. “The Search Committee and our Board of Directors believe Smith Anderson is the best match...

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Development strategies discussed

Redevelopment was an extensive subject of discussion on Tuesday at a meeting at Rocky Mount Mills of the Tar Heel State's younger economic development executives and their backers in the private and public sectors.   Approximately 50 people gathered for the morning-long session, which was led by...

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Despite Hefty Spending, Virginia Industrial Sites Sit Empty

Virginia’s push to create industrial megasites began in 2004, when several manufacturers were looking for locations in the southeastern part of the state. Virginia’s tobacco commission, an independent board that dispenses money from the national tobacco settlement, allocated $100 million to acquire land and build...

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Program Aims to Help Expand Economic Development Planning

The NC Department of Commerce is investing $260,000 in “Downtown Strong,” a program designed to boost local capacity by providing economic development planning, revitalization resources and guidance. Based on feedback from rural leaders during Hometown Strong community meetings, the program will operate out of Commerce’s...

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A Simple Proposal to Revive the American Dream

Chicago has joined the states of Oregon, Rhode Island and Tennessee in experimenting with tuition-free community college education. Mayor Rahm Emanuel explains how the Star Scholarship program has boosted attainment of two-year degrees, especially among minority and first- generation college students. “More than a century...

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