Summary: In the late 1990’s, North Carolina leaders did something remarkable. As part of the national settlement agreement with tobacco companies, North Carolina was projected to receive an estimated $4.6 billion in payments, a couple of hundred million each year. Lawmakers mandated that a portion of the money go to establishing a foundation to help increase economic opportunity for rural and tobacco-dependent communities, a foundation known as Golden LEAF. This week’s guest, Dan Gerlach, is the president of the Golden LEAF Foundation. We wanted to re-visit our conversation with him and hear his thoughts on the rural and urban parts of the state and how we might reconnect and benefit from working together. We also learned about the Foundation’s role in hurricane recovery, especially with Matthew and now Florence.
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