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The Arts as an Economic Engine Blog

The National Endowment for the Arts and the Bureau of Economic Analysis recently released data and analysis of the economic impact of the US arts and cultural sectors for the year 2021 … Read more

Building a Diverse Business Community Blog

Small business owners need a strong ecosystem to thrive. That ecosystem provides technical assistance, connections to space, and other resources and capital to launch and grow. Indeed, minority entrepreneurs sometimes … Read more

Sports Tourism Boom Blog

Youth sports can require a significant financial investment for travel to out-of-town tournaments. The expenses for food and lodging quickly add up, and communities in North Carolina are capitalizing on … Read more

The Arts as an Economic Engine There is a growing trend among communities to build what is called a creative economy, with the goal of building awareness about a town’s cultural assets and leveraging them … Read more

Engaging “Disconnected” Young Adults   A young adult not connected to school or work may experience long-lasting adverse life effects. Learn how communities in Columbus, Bladen, Brunswick, and Person counties are helping turn … Read more