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First in Future: NC League of Municipalities’ “Municipal Equations” Host Ben Brown

Summary:  When solving big problems, local folks are the canaries in the coalmine – they are likely to notice a problem before anyone else, and more...

First in Future: The N.C. Rural Center President Patrick Woodie

Summary: In the late 1990’s, I worked on a project called the North Carolina Rural Prosperity Task Force. The idea was to develop a series...

First in Future: RTI International President and CEO Wayne Holden

Summary: From the beginning, it was a romantic idea. In 1954, a building contractor named Romeo got together with North Carolina’s state treasurer and a...

First in Future: Entrepreneur, Sift Founder and CEO Jud Bowman

Summary: The old joke about economic developers is that they like to be buffalo hunters; they are always looking for a giant beast of a...

First in Future: Envested Founder and CEO Isa Watson

Summary: If you are a nonprofit wondering how to raise money more effectively, this episode is for you. If you are a business trying to...

First in Future: NC State University Dean for College of Education Dr. Mary Ann Danowitz

Summary: The hardest job I’ve had in my life was my first job out of college. I worked regular 80-90 hour weeks – 106 was...

First in Future: NC State University Professor and Economist Mike Walden

First in Future: Jamie Kirk Hahn Foundation Board President and Co-Founder Nation Hahn

Summary: Today’s show starts in an unusual place. With a question: why do bad things happen to good people? The writers of the Bible were...

First in Future: Conetoe Chapel Missionary Baptist Church Pastor Rev. Richard Joyner

Summary: It is the middle of August, and ridiculously hot these days. It’s the time of year Reverend Richard Joyner hated, growing up in Pitt...

Supporting a Diverse, Inclusive and Respectful North Carolina

First in Future: North Carolina State University Chancellor Randy Woodson

Summary:  Tomorrow, about 34,000 students, 2,300 faculty and 6,700 staff will run into each other at North Carolina State University, the start of another year...

First in Future: Economic Development Partnership of North Carolina Chair Frank Emory

The Director’s Log: July 2017

First in Future: North Carolina Community College System President James “Jimmie” Williamson

First in Future: William C. Friday Fellowship for Human Relations CEO Abdul Sm Rasheed

First in Future: NCSU Associate Professor of Landscape Architecture and Co-Director for Coastal Dynamics Design Lab Andrew Fox

First in Future: Immigrant. Entrepreneur. Citizen. Redress Raleigh Co-founder Mor Aframian

The Director’s Log: September 2017

I’ve been on the road for the past couple of weeks (you can view my notes on a week of talking with and learning from...

Together in Crisis

During what should have been a relatively carefree Labor Day weekend featuring sunny skies, last minute backyard BBQues and dips in the pool before the...

Talking “Crib to Career” Across North Carolina

During the past 30 days, we’ve logged hundreds of miles, crisscrossing the great state of North Carolina to talk with community leaders about the economics...