IEI First in Future: Jeff Eidson, Explore Elkin

First in Future: Where Emerging Ideas Take Flight is a weekly program from the Institute for Emerging Issues (IEI) at NC State University that connects you with people thinking big thoughts about the future of North Carolina. Each week, we talk with business leaders, elected officials, researchers and people working bottom up and top down to make North Carolina great. We hope you’ll use their thinking to jumpstart your thinking about our state—where it is and where we might go together.

This week on First in Future, we talk with Jeff Eidson, Elkin Town Commissioner and founding member of Explore Elkin, a civic engagement initiative that promotes the former mill town’s social and natural charms to residents and visitors alike. The initiative will be one of five from throughout North Carolina that IEI’s showcases at our upcoming ReCONNECT to Community forum.

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Know a North Carolinian who’d be a great guest for our podcast? We want to connect with the people you know – the forward-thinkers, the problem-solvers, the futurists, the leaders, the movers and shakers and changemakers. Scour your LinkedIn and cross-check your Rolodex; if you know someone working to make North Carolina a better place to work, live and play, we want to talk with them! Submit your guest ideas here!

This installment of First in Future is part of a special TV series produced in collaboration with UNC-TV, and is recorded in UNC-TV’s Studios. Taped segments will air on the North Carolina Channel. Visit for specific air dates.

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    What makes a small town thrive? Downtowns where people come together to see each other and do things. Their story and what makes their town special, and they’re proud to tell other people about it. Public and private sector, that work together with nonprofits and people willing to put in the time. This week’s First in Future guest is Jeff Eidson with Explore Elkin and small business owner who is putting in the time to make Elkin special.

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