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Resilient Agriculture

April 29, 2022

Chatham & Stanly Counties Small farms have problems dealing with crop loss and other issues related to extreme weather events such as flooding and droughts. A recent report predicts that increases in extreme precipitation are likely to increase inland flooding, … Continued

Working for a Living Wage

April 22, 2022

  Forsyth & Wayne Counties A study finds 44% of U.S. workers are employed in low-wage jobs that pay median annual wages of $18,000, well below what’s considered the living wage for many communities. Most of the 53 million Americans … Continued

Veterans Closing the Skill Gap

April 15, 2022

    Cumberland & Mecklenburg Counties The veteran unemployment rate has steadily dropped since its all-time high of nearly 12% in April 2020, but as of March 2021, the veteran unemployment rate is still at 4.6%. Veteran advocates say it … Continued

Rural Response to the Opioid Crisis

April 8, 2022

Beaufort, Hyde, Martin, Tyrrell, Washington & Wilkes Counties The opioid epidemic has impacted communities across the country. Substance use can be especially hard to combat in rural communities due to limited resources for prevention, treatment and recovery. Meet local leaders … Continued

Housing Boom

April 1, 2022

  Wake County Increased demand, limited supply, and the COVID-19 pandemic have created a perfect storm in the real estate market. This has shut many would-be homeowners out. There are few signs this hot housing boom will cool down anytime … Continued

Attracting Big Business

March 25, 2022

Triangle & Triad regions Communities across the country are trying to attract companies to invest and create jobs. Economic development is a critical component that drives growth in our economy, creating high wage jobs and improved quality of life. ncIMPACT … Continued

Childhood Trauma and COVID-19

March 18, 2022

Columbus & Lee Counties The COVID-19 pandemic has been full of uncertainty and stress. Children are among the most impacted with distance learning and isolation, and experts say there’s reason to believe traumatic stress for children is on the rise.

Aging in Place

March 11, 2022

Buncombe & Forsyth Counties Nearly 90% of adults aged 65 and over want to stay in their current home and community as they age. However, experts say that there are many barriers that are preventing aging residents from aging in … Continued

Maternal Health Disparities

March 4, 2022

  Cumberland, Hoke, Scotland, Richmond, Montgomery & Durham Counties Black mothers and babies are dying at disproportionate rates across the country. Numbers from the World Health Organization show that maternal mortality rates more than doubled in the US from 1990 … Continued

School Safety

February 24, 2022

Gates & Henderson Counties Schools are grappling with the topic of school safety from a number of different angles, including increasing school mental health personnel and services, increasing security measures at schools, and decreasing incidents of bullying. ncIMPACT highlights the … Continued