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Author: Kirsten Chang

Jun 23, 2022

IEI Welcomes New Communications Director Jennifer Heiss

Get to know IEI's new Communications Director Jennifer Heiss in this brief Q&A! 

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Jun 9, 2022

Gift from Tony McLean Brown family establishes IEI’s first endowment

IEI is pleased to announce its first endowment, a gift from the Tony McLean Brown family in honor of the IEI National Advisory Board. 

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May 25, 2022

Institute for Emerging Issues receives $2M grant from The Duke Endowment for rural faith communities program

IEI has received a $2M grant from The Duke Endowment to continue its successful Faith and Community Initiative for another five years. 

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May 25, 2022

Welcome to Practitioner-in-Residence Philip Cooper

Get to know Change Agent Philip Cooper through this Q&A! 

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May 25, 2022

Southwestern Commission leads WNC in digital inclusion planning process

The Southwestern Commission held two events May 16-17 to kick off the digital inclusion planning process for seven Western North Carolina counties and the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians. 

May 24, 2022

Institute for Emerging Issues receives grant from the Economic Development Administration to support project on workforce and economic development

IEI has received a grant to analyze and assess current workforce challenges and opportunities and how these can be leveraged to support equitable economic development across North Carolina's 100 counties. 

May 13, 2022

Foothills Regional Commission launches digital inclusion planning process

The Foothills Regional Commission held a virtual event on April 28 to mark the start of its process to create digital inclusion plans for four Western NC counties: Cleveland, McDowell, Polk and Rutherford. 

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May 10, 2022

Community Spotlight: Isothermal Community College improves lives in Rutherford and Polk counties

Isothermal Community College (ICC) doesn’t stop at providing nearly free higher education for students in western North Carolina. Its mission is to improve lives through learning. 

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May 2, 2022

Community Spotlight: Communities Supporting Schools of Wayne County connects the dots for student success

Communities Supporting Schools of Wayne County understands that to increase postsecondary educational attainment, you have to start working with students as early as elementary school. 

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Apr 27, 2022

Institute for Emerging Issues announces next round of BAND-NC grant recipients, supporting digital equity across NC

Twelve North Carolina county-level initiatives will each receive a $5,000 grant to help bridge the digital divide in their communities.