JANUARY 2012  
  Initiative investments spark economic growth

More than $3 million in financial investments and innovative demonstration projects launched in 2011 helped North Carolina communities replace blight and neglect with green, sustainable neighborhoods and businesses. Read the story

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Initiative announces $1.9 million of investments for 2012. Grants will create jobs, housing, economic sustainability in low-wealth communities. read more

Sector leaders convene for second Leadership Institute. Workshops examine new ways to build strong communities. read more

Rural Center launches youth engagement initiative. Conferees explore how to make rural communities attractive to future generations. read more

HandMade in America hosts small town cluster meetings. Development teams from 13 small towns share successes, challenges. read more

East Carolina Community Development opens senior apartments. Jacksonville apartment community opens for low-income seniors, features innovative water management system. read more

Housing for seniors, people with disabilities wins HUD funding. Housing Assistance Corp. in Hendersonville receives one of nine N.C. grants to develop new affordable housing communities. read more

Initiative joins national sustainable investors network. Membership connects North Carolina to leading-edge of national social and environmental investing. read more

N.C. Community Foundation awards $829,000 in scholarships. More than 100 went to first-generation college students. read more

Tour spotlights persistent poverty and chronic underinvestment across North Carolina. Four anti-poverty groups host the Truth and Hope Tour of Poverty, which continues in February. read more


Initiative, N.C. Housing Finance Agency honored for green building innovation. Advanced Energy recognizes the agencies for helping launch the nation's first guaranteed energy-efficiency program for affordable housing.
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Cleveland County CDC honored for homeowner education programs. It was among three recognized by Cleveland County Business Development Center for entrepreneurial work in minority communities. read more
Davidson Housing Coalition receives Nonprofit Sector Stewardship award. N.C. Center for Nonprofits bestows its highest honor to recognize exemplary practices that earn community trust.
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  The N.C. Community Development Initiative leads North Carolina's collaborative community economic development effort, driving innovation, investment and action to create prosperous, sustainable communities.  

Welcome to Communities That Work!

The Initiative launches a new look and a new e-newsletter with news and information to help N.C.'s community economic development sector build prosperous, sustainable communities across North Carolina. read more


N.C. Women's Hall of Fame inducts Andrea Harris. read more

Lee, Kerr, Portal, Clemmons elected to N.C. Housing Coalition office. read more


$33 million in CDBG funds available
Local governments and community partners can apply for community economic development funding through four N.C. Department of Commerce programs: NC Catalyst, Scattered Site Housing, Small Business and Entrepreneurship Assistance, Infrastructure and Infrastructure Hook-up
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A Way Forward
UNC's ambitious research project features more than 30 essays on how to build a globally competitive South.

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Emerging Issues Forum: "Investing in Gen Z"
Feb. 6-7, 2012
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UNC Minority Health Conference 2012: Translational Research - The Road from Efficacy to Equity
Feb. 24, 2012
Chapel Hill

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