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Facts That Matter Blog

At the ncIMPACT Initiative, we ground our research in the challenges faced by North Carolina’s state and local leaders and their communities. Through compelling story telling, the Facts That Matter blog shares data and evidence about collaborative problem solving efforts that chart a path forward in communities across the state. We share these stories for the benefit of other communities in pursuit of our mission to improve the lives of North Carolinians.






July 24, 2022

Resilient Agriculture

The agriculture industry is at risk as farmers experience issues related to increased rates of rainfall and droughts, and increased frequency of extreme weather events, such as hurricanes, which cause flooding and other hazards. All of these weather-related issues threaten to decrease crop yields, thus increasing economic losses and hardships for farmers. Many farmers find benefits of incorporating resilient agriculture techniques to mitigate these risks.

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July 18, 2022

Working for a Living Wage 

Nearly half of Americans, do not earn a living wage, which can be defined as the income necessary for a person or family to not only meet their basic needs, such as food and shelter, but also provide stability and financial independence needed for a good quality of life. Several restaurants and organizations in North Carolina are collaborating to pursue solutions in their industries.  

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July 11, 2022

Veterans Closing the Skills Gap 

As the state continues to emerge from the COVID-19 pandemic, communities face labor shortages as skill gaps and hiring challenges hinder the economic recovery. Fortunately, veterans returning to civilian life are searching for careers where they can use the skills they gained while in service, thus providing a potential solution to the shortage. 

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July 1, 2022

Rural Responses to the Opioid Crisis 

The opioid epidemic presents challenges for the state’s rural communities due to the limited resources and treatment options available in less populated areas. In some rural counties, people are more likely to experience an opioid overdose than a heart attack. Several collaboratives in rural communities across the state are pursuing innovative solutions to mitigate the opioid epidemic in their communities.  

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June 28, 2022

Summer Musings: Lessons on Partnering With Communities

We support cohorts of communities working in tandem with our approach and sharing their experiences along the way in peer learning forums. As university partners, we design the process for individual teams to build collective capacity to address their challenge, facilitate the peer-learning forums, identify needs for and secure specific substantive or technical skills for individual teams or the entire cohort, support implementation of evidence-based strategies for addressing the challenge, and institute evaluation processes that each team executes. The lessons described are drawn from three projects: the Opioid Response Project (ORP), myFutureNC Local Educational Attainment Collaboratives, and Our State, Our Work: Connecting Young Adults with Their Future.

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June 27, 2022

Missing Middle Model to Ease Housing Shortage in Triangle Region

The Triangle region has seen housing and apartment prices rise dramatically. The main strategy municipalities are using to address these issues is the Missing Middle Model for housing, which can be defined as “a range of house-scaled buildings with multiple units – compatible in scale and form with detached single-family homes – located in a walkable neighborhood.” Increased housing options are necessary to meet the demand and ensure affordable housing is available for the region’s residents.

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June 20, 2022

Regional Approaches Attract Big Business to North Carolina 

Rather than pitting municipalities against each other, competing for jobs created and tax base gains from corporate investments, successful regional efforts promote the broader region based on recognition that neighboring communities can be more successful by working together. These types of regional efforts prove successful in attracting big business to North Carolina in regions like the Triangle and Carolina Core.  

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June 13, 2022

Resilience Strategies to Mitigate Childhood Trauma 

Childhood trauma occurs when children experience adverse events. The COVID-19 pandemic may be an adverse event and it could also exacerbate other stressors that existed previously. Trainings provided by Resilient Columbus and the North Carolina Resilience in Learning Project seek to help children and adults deal with trauma they experienced using healthy strategies. 

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June 10, 2022

How Does ncIMPACT Initiative Use Metrics?

In this blog, we are pulling back the curtain on ncIMPACT Initiative’s internal metrics framework – why and how we measure what we do and how we use that data to direct our work.

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June 6, 2022

Collaborations to Make Aging in Place Possible 

Aging in place refers to an older adult’s desire to stay in their own home or community as they grow older. However, a number of issues associated with growing older make it difficult for many senior adults to age in place. Organizations in Buncombe and Forsyth counties collaborate to make it possible for more senior adults to age in place.  

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