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Jun 29, 2022

Interim Director’s Log | June 2022

At IEI, we believe that local communities—with their traditions, sense of place, self-reliance, willingness to work, creativity, and history of coming together in tough times to solve big challenges—are the unit of change to spark action. 

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Sep 30, 2021

STEM SENC (Reconnect Rural and Urban)

STEM SENC is a partnership that supports science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) education, driven by the conviction that “all learners, regardless of ability, sex/gender, race, culture, economic status, or geographic location” deserve access to high-quality STEM educations, because these educations serve as pathways to economic success, societal betterment, and critical understanding of our changing world. 

Sep 29, 2021

Director’s Log | September 2021

5-4-3-2-1…Ignition! IEI prides itself on facing forward, looking around the corner to see what big challenges and opportunities are coming to North Carolina, then asking you what we can do… 

Sep 22, 2021

Beaufort County (Reconnect to Economic Opportunity)

Beaufort County’s story is a rural tale as old as time. When many of the region’s large-scale manufacturing employers closed down or turned to automation, young adults left to find jobs elsewhere. New businesses were reluctant to migrate in because of the inadequate talent pool. It was a problem that needed to be attacked from multiple angles. 

Aug 31, 2021

Building With Our Veterans (Reconnect to Economic Opportunity)

Founded in 2016, Building with our Veterans is an education, training, and employment program that (as the name suggests) helps to secure long term work for veterans as code officials of Mecklenburg County. 

Aug 26, 2021

Resources & Reasons to Grow (Reconnect to Mental Health & Well-Being)

Resources & Reasons to Grow (R&RG) is a collective, still in its infancy, with aspirations to become an organization that will facilitate and support peer-to-peer mental health services. 

Jun 28, 2021

Charlotte Digital Inclusion Alliance (Reconnect to Technological Opportunity)

As the city of Charlotte prepared to become a gigabit city, the Charlotte Digital Inclusion Alliance (CDIA) emerged as a strategic head, responsible for developing a comprehensive plan for digital… 

Jun 28, 2021

Project Empathy (Reconnect Rural & Urban)

We live in fractious times, where so much media (now exquisitely tailored to capture our individual attention) compounds and often distorts both real and perceived problems. Through social media feeds,… 

Jun 28, 2021

Pender County Resiliency Task Force (Reconnect to Mental Health & Well-Being)

For Pender County, the scars of the 2018 Hurricane Florence are still visible today. “Just driving down the highway you see all these houses that were flooded, windows broken out,… 

Jun 18, 2021

REACH Center (Reconnect to Mental Health & Well-Being)

From its beginning, the REACH Center in Rocky Mount has taken a different approach to meeting the needs of the people who walk in the door with challenges. “They are expecting…