Economic Development Strategies for responding to COVID 19

August 30, 2020

With a new grant from the North Carolina Policy Collaboratory, NCGrowth is working with ncIMPACT at the UNC School of Government to identify best practices of local responses to COVID-19. Results will be shared via webinar and reports with new case studies for Homegrown Tools. More

NCGrowth Receives EDA Cares Grant in Response to COVID-19

July 07, 2020

U.S. Department of Commerce’s Economic Development Administration awarded a $300,000 CARES Act Recovery Assistance grant to NCGrowth to boost our capacity to support regional economic development strategies in response to the coronavirus pandemic. More

Mental Health Strategies Amidst COVID-19

Blog Post
June 10, 2020

How can business owners be sensitive to staff needs during the COVID-19 pandemic? What resources are available to promote mental health? These were just a few of the questions explored by expert panelists during the NCGrowth-SmartUp webinar on Wednesday, May 27, 2020. The webinar, “Mental Health Strategies Amidst COVID-19,” addressed various strategies and techniques that may be useful in and outside of the workplace. More

What is the Economic Impact of COVID-19?

Blog Post
May 28, 2020

From small towns to big cities and everywhere in between, there is still a long road ahead to address the current economic crisis spurred by the coronavirus pandemic and adapt to the new normal, but NCGrowth and SmartUp have been hosting webinars to provide communities with key resources. On Wednesday, May 20, three panelists offered their perspectives to explore the economic impacts of COVID-19. More

States’ Responses to COVID-19

May 20, 2020

Governors across the United States have reacted to the COVID-19 pandemic by implementing state-level executive actions to address a range of issues provoked by the crisis. Although it is too early to gauge the long-term effects of the pandemic and states’ responses to it, this Kenan Insight provides a preliminary analysis of actions governors have taken thus far, to help inform policymaking going forward. More

What Local Governments Should Know about Creating Emergency Business Loans

May 11, 2020

The UNC School of Government’s Development Finance Initiative (DFI) provides financial and development expertise to communities interested in neighborhood redevelopment and redevelopment, downtown revitalization or affordable housing projects, among other initiatives. DFI helps these communities attract the private investment necessary to successfully finish their desired projects. More

“There’s always an opportunity”: Learnings from North and South Carolina businesses in the time of COVID-19

May 01, 2020

In the latest webinar collaboration with NCGrowth, Entrepreneurship Center Executive Director Vickie Gibbs spoke with three current and former clients of NCGrowth about COVID-19’s impact on small business. Gibbs was joined by Katie Chung, sales manager at family business Southland Electrical Supply; Eric Henry, owner and founder of TS Designs; and Diana Saillant, owner and founder of Saillant Language Consulting. Through the webinar, the audience was able to engage with three vastly different industries and take away some key learnings on the effect COVID-19 has had on North and South Carolina businesses. More

The COVID-19 Pandemic and Small Business Employment

April 01, 2020

The COVID-19 pandemic has put 18 million jobs at small businesses in the U.S. at risk – which could as much as quadruple the nation’s total unemployment rate. The effects of both the coronavirus and recent government relief programs were explored by a panel of Kenan Institute-convened experts during a press briefing held yesterday. The full recording of this briefing—along with a deeper-dive analysis on the specific implications of the financial downturn on small business employment by Kenan Institute Research Director Professor Christian Lundblad and UNC Kenan-Flagler Business School Professor Paige Ouimet—is available in this week’s Kenan Insight. More

Monopoly Money: Tech and the Changing Geography of Wealth

March 11, 2020

While technological advances have traditionally been a boon to the U.S. economy, the rapid rise of new platforms and the increased financialization of the economy in recent years have encouraged the growth of monopolies—driving an ever-widening geographic gap in the distribution of income across the country. New research from the Kenan Institute’s Professor Maryann Feldman explores the ramifications of this growing divide. More

Ncgrowth Smartup Builds Robotic Seeder For Wetland Plants, Inc.

Blog Post
February 24, 2020

Wetland Plants, Inc. is a native wetland plant nursery designed to create natural stormwater management solutions for large construction projects from Long Island to Baton Rouge. They grow 70 specialized species of plants, focusing on those that are recommended for stormwater management states they serve. More