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Each month we release the Creating Prosperity newsletter, in which we highlight some of the great things happening across the CREATE team, from the innovative interventions of NCGrowth and SmartUp, to the ground breaking research of the Create Prosperity Research Lab, to the stories of communities successfully improving their economies on Homegrown Tools. To sign up for our newsletter please subscribe below.

$2M grant to UNC-Chapel Hill program will rebuild, fortify local economies across and beyond the Carolinas

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October 20, 2021

A $2 million grant from the Truist Foundation will fund the Anchor Institutions Create Economic Resilience program, or AICER, housed at CREATE, an economic development center at UNC Kenan-Flagler Business School’s Frank Hawkins Kenan Institute of Private Enterprise. The AICER program works with anchor institutions – such as universities, tribal and local governments, and hospitals – to source their goods and services from minority-owned firms, rural businesses and local suppliers in COVID-impacted communities. More

CREATE & AOM TIM Host Emergence Conference

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September 17, 2021

On August 26-27, 2021, CREATE and the AOM Technology and Innovation Management (TIM) division, hosted the “Emergence: Organizations, Markets, Platforms, and Regions” workshop in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. Nearly 150 people from nine countries attended the hybrid conference—57 of these attendees joined in-person while following a series of precautions that included covid testing, mask-wearing and vaccine attestations. More

Freedom Air HVAC to use Virtual Reality Technology in its Technician Certification Courses

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September 17, 2021

NCGrowth-SmartUp South Carolina client Freedom Air HVAC, located in rural Hampton is a minority, veteran, family-owned company that specializes in traditional heating and air conditioning repair, installation, replacement, and services. The company uses state of the art technology and techniques to provide energy efficient solutions to its mostly residential customer base. More

The Glam Boutique Hosts Vendor Expo and Fashion Show

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September 17, 2021

On September 11th, The Glam Boutique, owned and operated by NCGROWTH-SMARTUP’s Nicole Outlaw, hosted a Vendor Expo and Fashion Show. The event was held at Chief’s on the River in Windsor, NC (Bertie County). More

Hickory Nut Gorge

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September 17, 2021

Outdoor Recreation is an important and fast-growing sector in the U.S. Economy. In North Carolina, over half of all residents participate in outdoor recreation each year. Access to outdoor recreation in a region contributes to quality-of-life for residents, and helps to attract families and employers. According to the Outdoor Industry Association, the Outdoor Recreation Economy in North Carolina generates $12.1 billion in total outdoor recreation value added, 152,000 direct jobs, $5.8 billion in wages in salaries, 2% of state GDP. More

Meet NCGrowth-SmartUp’s New Client, SweetgrassRoots

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August 27, 2021

After retiring from the military, Kisha and Charles Kinard moved onto 12 acres of land in Walterboro, SC to pursue their dream of preserving Kisha’s Gullah Geechee heritage of sweetgrass basket making and other crafts. In 2019, the couple founded SweetgrassRoots Learning Farm that focuses on cultivating and growing sweetgrass and the preservation of traditional local folk art. More

NCGrowth Conducts Market and Competitor Analysis for Battery Xchange

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August 27, 2021

BatteryXChange is a startup, minority-owned company that makes charging mobile phones and devices on-the-go easy and convenient. Customers have the ability to rent portable chargers from kiosks, enabling them to continue using their device on the move. The founders believe in not only empowering its users, but also the communities they serve. Their goal is to supply customers with the power they need while also educating youth about the science involved in battery technology through science and math school workshops. More

CREATE ED Mark Little selected to be in E Pluribus Unum’s inaugural cohort of Policy Scholars tasked with addressing systemic racism

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July 26, 2021

CREATE’s Executive Director Mark Little was selected to serve in the inaugural cohort of Policy Scholars for E Pluribus Unum. This initiative seeks to engage with researchers across the South to advance public policy by providing independent, in-depth, and actionable policy recommendations that advance racial equity and address systemic racism in America. More

NCGrowth examines feasibility of creating a “Rural Village Center” on church land with Salem United Methodists of Bostic, NC.

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July 26, 2021

Last month NCGrowth partnered with the Construction Professional Network Institute, Wesley Community Development, and the Salem United Methodist Church in Bostic, NC to examine the possibility of creating a “Rural Village Center” on Salem’s property. More

Business Highlight: NCGrowth is working with Pembroke-based Engineering Firm

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July 26, 2021

Chicora Engineering, founded in 2017 by Dennis Lowery, provides roadway design, traffic control, contract engineering + inspection (CEI), materials testing, civil design, and construction management. NCGrowth is working with Chicora to help to improve their operational structure. More