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Keys to Economic Recovery from COVID-19

What strategies will help local economies recover more quickly from the COVID-19 pandemic?

The ncIMPACT Initiative at the UNC School of Government and NCGrowth at the Kenan Institute for Private Enterprise are collaborating on a project to assess the short term impacts of local factors (e.g., COVID19 testing availability) and local government actions (e.g., small business grant fund) that aim to help people feel safe engaging in activities that improve the economy. This project was supported by the North Carolina Policy Collaboratory at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with funding from the North Carolina Coronavirus Relief Fund established and appropriated by the North Carolina General Assembly.

Webinar Series

Join us for a series of webinars where we will share what we learn and collect your input as the project progresses. You will automatically be signed up for the series by registering once using this link:

Webinar Dates: Sept. 30, Oct. 28, Nov. 18, and Jan. 27. All webinars begin at 2 p.m. ET

We will share data analysis, case studies, resources, and strategies designed to assist with local economic recovery efforts, as well as solicit your ideas regarding additional data needed and questions for which you need answers to lead and guide our state’s recovery.  For example:

  • Can a community change their trajectory by implementing strategies at the local level?
  • Can public health supports make the public feel more safe shopping, dining, etc.?
  • Does availability of testing impact economic recovery?
  • Do a community’s largest economic sectors impact their economic recovery?
  • Does community makeup affect economic recovery for most vulnerable groups?

Webinar presentations are posted here as they become available:

Keys to Economic Recovery Webinar 1 – Introduction Sep 30

Keys to Economic Recovery Webinar 2 – Innovation Oct 28

Keys to Economic Recovery Webinar 3 – Collaboration Nov 18

Keys to Economic Recovery Webinar 4 – Data-Driven Decision-Making Jan 27


Case Studies

The project team will identify several representative communities and develop in-depth case studies on their local responses that will be useful for other local communities to consider. These case studies are posted below as they become available.

For sample case studies available prior to the pandemic, explore the Homegrown Tools site. Homegrown Tools tells the story of communities that have successfully stimulated private investment and job creation. The tool connects public officials, practitioners, and researchers to successful economic development strategies and inspires communities to leverage their unique assets.


This project is a collaboration between