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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.






November 8, 2019

NC Strategic Economic Development Plan Post-Session Survey

Complete Post-Session Survey for Your Region by Nov. 15 to Inform the NC Strategic Economic Development Plan.

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October 28, 2019

Renewable Energy in Rural Communities

Did you know… Eighteen percent of all electricity in the United States was produced by renewable sources in 2017, including solar, wind, and hydroelectric dams? That’s up from 15% in 2016!

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October 23, 2019

Human Trafficking in the Triad

Addressing human trafficking in North Carolina is of the utmost importance. The best way to tackle an issue of this size is by bringing in a unique team to find solutions to the problem.

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October 18, 2019

Downtown Development in Kinston, NC

Kinston has relied on its networks to push downtown development forward. Public-private partnerships have created a downtown that many people are excited to move to, baby boomers and millennials alike.

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October 7, 2019

First Stop for Regional Sessions: Kannapolis

The regional sessions will be critical to creating the state’s new strategic economic development plan, which will guide policymakers and practitioners in their work to generate more economic prosperity to the state.

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October 2, 2019

Rural Transportation Challenges- Hertford and Bertie Counties

Did you know… In the 2009 American Housing Survey, public transit was available to only 13% of rural residents compared to the national average of 57%?

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August 20, 2019

Accountable Care Communities Offer An Opportunity to Address Healthcare Disparities at the Systems Level

Strategically culturally appropriate care, community capacity building, and homegrown community leader involvement will all need to be present as a start to making the state’s health system more culturally appropriate.

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July 25, 2019

Drinking Water Incident Response Toolkit Now Available Online

The Drinking Water Working Group guided development of this toolkit and resources to assist local governments when they must respond to drinking water incidents.

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June 27, 2019

ncIMPACT Town Hall on the Economic Impact of Outdoor Recreation

The ncIMPACT Initiative at the UNC School of Government partnered with Western Carolina University, Mountain Biz Works, UNC-TV, and Civic Federal Credit Union to highlight efforts in Southwestern NC to leverage natural resources for economic development.

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