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Town Hall: Made in ENC – Talent & Economic Development

September 12, 2022

Many industries are facing difficulties recruiting and retaining top talent. This has led many communities to collaborate to grow their skilled workforce. Experts join ncIMPACT’s Anita Brown-Graham on the campus of East Carolina University for a town hall focused on … Continued

Town Hall: Innovations Leading to Economic Mobility

September 12, 2022

Rural communities often struggle with creating economic activity, educational opportunities, and workforce talent. This has forced some NC communities to get creative in developing opportunities for their residents. Experts join ncIMPACT’s Anita Brown-Graham on the campus of Elizabeth City State … Continued

Town Hall: Improving Mental Healthcare Access

September 12, 2022

  The rate of NC adults reporting symptoms of anxiety or depression increased from 10% to 30% during the pandemic. Experts join ncIMPACT’s Anita Brown-Graham to discuss why NC has a shortage of mental healthcare providers and innovative strategies to connect … Continued

Town Hall: Workforce Shortages

September 12, 2022

The pandemic caused a major disruption to our country’s labor force and the challenges continue. Experts join ncIMPACT’s Anita Brown-Graham to discuss why labor shortages exist in our state and innovative strategies that can help alleviate those shortages.

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