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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.






February 28, 2020

Opioid Response Project Team Focus: Onslow County

Learning and networking at forums through the Opioid Response Project has been extremely valuable to the learning and planning process.

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February 11, 2020

Impacts of Safety Nets for Families on Health Outcomes

When we look at moving the needle toward  health outcomes, a natural place to address future outcomes is by addressing the need for investment in children’s health.

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January 30, 2020

ncIMPACT Town Hall: Constructing North Carolina’s Creative Placemaking Economy, Premieres Thursday, January 30 at 7pm

North Carolina’s creative industries are responsible for more than 417,000 jobs, representing 7 percent of the state’s workforce.

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January 22, 2020

Opioid Response Project Team Focus: Cumberland County

The C-FORT team is working hard to become the creative and recovery-ready community they see as necessary to tackle the opioid epidemic.

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December 19, 2019

Broadband’s Impact on Economic Development: A Lack of Access to Social Capital

North Carolina residents with no or low access to quality broadband are missing out on important economic benefits of cultivating social capital through connections.

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December 17, 2019

Opioid Response Project Team Focus: Wilkes County

The ability to bring different community leaders together to discuss problems and solutions is invaluable.

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December 5, 2019

Shortage of Volunteer Firefighters

Did you know… Out of the 1,087 registered fire departments in North Carolina, more than 90% are volunteer or mostly volunteer departments? 

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November 15, 2019

Reentry from Incarceration to Workforce

Did you know… As many as 60% of North Carolinians with a criminal record remain unemployed within one year of being released?

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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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