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Sep 19, 2022

IEI Welcomes New Policy and Program Manager Samantha Graham

Get to know IEI's new Policy and Program Manager Samantha Graham in this brief Q&A! 

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Sep 19, 2022

Institute for Emerging Issues Receives $250,000 to Continue Digital Inclusion Efforts in Rural NC Communities

IEI has received a $250,000 grant from the John M. Belk Endowment to support the institute’s BAND-NC program, which works with communities across the state to bridge North Carolina’s digital divide. 

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Sep 1, 2022

Talent First Economics Community Cohort Announced

IEI announces the five regional teams that will make up the Talent First Economics community cohort. The cohort will serve as a peer learning network for the 2023 Emerging Issues Forum to increase collaboration among workforce, economic and community development leaders to ensure their regions are better equipped to grow their workforce, with a focus on underrepresented workers. 

Aug 29, 2022

IEI Welcomes Hunt Intern to Project Resilience Team

IEI is pleased to announce that NC State University senior Hannah Braun has been selected as the Hunt Intern for the 2022-2023 academic year. 

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Aug 15, 2022

Digital Inclusion Planning Begins in NC’s High Country

North Carolina’s High Country is the latest region in the state embarking on the journey to close the digital divide thanks to IEI's Building a New Digital Economy (BAND-NC) program.  

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Jul 13, 2022

IEI Receives Endowment Gift to Support Hunt Internship

IEI has received a gift from former Gov. James B. Hunt, Jr. and his wife Carolyn, establishing an endowment that will continue to fund the institute’s Hunt Internship. 

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Jul 8, 2022

Meet Brodie, IEI’s New Undergraduate Policy Intern

NC State University undergraduate student Brodie Smith is joining IEI as a policy intern for the 2022-23 academic year to work on the 2023 Emerging Issues Forum program. 

Jun 28, 2022

Engage!: Collaborative Community and Organizational Capacity Building for Mutual Learning

IEI's rural faith team supports faith communities for increased community engagement and collaboration through a process that assists them with identifying and understanding the root causes of community issues, developing community action plans, and implementing those plans. 

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Jun 22, 2022

North Carolina Workforce Development Leadership Initiative Launches This Fall

Units across NC State University, in collaboration with the NCWorks Commission and the NC Association of Workforce Development Boards, will launch the NC Workforce Development Leadership Initiative this fall. 

Apr 27, 2022

Moving Forward: Questions and Practices for Remembering and Grounding

Rural Faith Senior Fellow John Dempsey Parker offers some ways faith and community leaders can reflect on what’s needed in their communities right now.