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.

Happy Holidays

December 12, 2022

We would like to take this opportunity to thank you for being a part of our community, working to build an economy with opportunities for all to prosper. Hoping you have a wonderful holiday season and wishing you the very best in 2023! More

CREATE leadership provide testimony on topics of Offshore Wind projects and SBIR

June 15, 2022

  • Mark Little provides expert testimony for the Coastal Virginia Offshore Wind (CVOW) project
  • CREATE Participates in UNC Engagement Week with Four Community Engagement Stories
  • NCGrowth Analyst Sam Wilkes honored with Thomas A. and Yolanda Kaye Stith Leadership Award
  • Frontiers of Entrepreneurship Series – Capital Ecosystems: Seeding Smaller and Regional Funds to Increase Opportunity
  • SBIR Turns 40: Evaluating Support for Small Business Innovation
  • CREATE’s Nicole Outlaw featured in <em>Substantial Magazine</em> for her work helping businesses in Eastern Carolina
  • SmartUp Client Marvin Ross of Peculiar Pig Farm featured in <em>The New York Times</em>

Unsung hero, New SC partnership, NIH SBIR STTR Assessment report, & work with Princeville

March 08, 2022

  • Kellye Whitaker awarded the MLK Unsung Hero Award
  • Research Highlight: Assessment of the SBIR and STTR Programs at NIH
  • NCGrowth and Historic Princeville Work to Identify Market Opportunities for Newly Acquired 53-Acre Parcel
  • Creating new partnerships in South Carolina – SCACED

Creating Prosperity – February 2022

February 08, 2022

  • Mount Olive Region Economic Development Project Wraps Up!
  • NCGROWTH Analyst Jaelon Talley Explores NC Media Landscape
  • CREATE Receives Support Through Z Smith Reynolds Foundation State-Level Systemic Change Strategy
  • Success Story: Craston Artis Highlighted by UNC Kenan Flagler
  • New Case Study Updates Live on Homegrown Tools

Creating Prosperity – January 2022

January 18, 2022

  • CREATE Welcomes Inaugural Strategic Council
  • CREATE Executive Director Panelist on Carolina Business Review
  • NCGROWTH Receives NC USDA Grant
  • Business Client Highlight: SS Hamilton Farms – Green Pond, SC
  • Kellye Whitaker Recognized as a Woodland Community Advocate by The Center for Heirs Property Preservation

Creating Prosperity – December 2021

November 28, 2021

  • 2021 Year in Review
  • We are looking for a dynamic PROGRAM MANAGER to join the CREATE and NCGrowth team!
  • Happy Holidays from Our Team!

Creating Prosperity – October 2021

October 28, 2021

  • CREATE Receives $2M Grant from Truist Foundation to Rebuild, Fortify Local Economies Across & Beyond the Carolina
  • Economic Development: New Housing and Economic Resilience Assessment for Boone, NC
  • South Carolina: Meet SmartUp’s New Client Bowman Vineyard
  • Research: Maryann Feldman Presents to the President’s Council of Advisors on Science & Technology

Creating Prosperity – September 2021

September 30, 2021

  • Creating an Asset Map for Hickory Nut Gorge’s Outdoor Recreation Strategic Plan
  • Freedom Air HVAC to use Virtual Reality Technology in it's HVAC Technician Certification Course
  • The Glam Boutique Hosts Vendor Expo and Fashion Show
  • Conference on Emergence Co-Hosted by CREATE & Academy of Management's TIM

Creating Prosperity – August 2021

August 31, 2021

  • NCGROWTH Presents Economic Development Project to Gates County Commissioners
  • Biden’s Build Back Better: A Brighter Future for Black Families?
  • NCGROWTH Conducts Market and Competitor Analysis for Battery Xchange
  • Meet NCGROWTH-SmartUp's New Client, SweetgrassRoots