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Jan 23, 2024

Cape Fear Community Cohort Team Brings Regional Leaders Together to Support Opportunity Youth

On December 13, 2023, youth program leaders and industry professionals from Brunswick, Columbus, New Hanover and Pender counties gathered at Brunswick Community College in Leland for the Four-County Regional Conversation on Opportunity Youth - a meeting of leaders with the shared goal of better connecting young adults to employment and upward economic mobility. 

Dec 18, 2023

Director’s Log | December 2023

The end of 2023 is upon us. As we all prepare to take a well-deserved break, I want to use this opportunity to reflect on what made this an exciting… 

Nov 30, 2023

Director’s Log | November 2023

As the holiday season officially kicks off, we’re celebrating our own season here at IEI: Forum registration season! On Nov. 1, we opened registration for the 2024 Emerging Issues Forum,… 

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Nov 30, 2023

Western NC Community Cohort Team Holds Symposium to Address Regional Education and Workforce Goals

On Wednesday, Nov. 8, representatives from more than 85 organizations and institutions based in Western North Carolina attended the A3 Education and Workforce Symposium at UNC Asheville. The event was organized by the Talent First Economics Community Cohort Western Mountain Region team, a group of certified workforce development leaders helping increase employment opportunities for underrepresented workers in the region. 

Sep 28, 2023

Director’s Log | September 2023

To say I was born without a green thumb would be an understatement. Like many across the nation, I enthusiastically started a garden during the pandemic only to end up… 

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Sep 25, 2023

Community Cohort Team Discusses Engaging with Underutilized Workers in Eastern NC

Members of the Eastern Carolina Region community team engaged in dialogue with businesses, community leaders, and individual job-seekers, at a regional action planning meeting in Snow Hill on September 13. 

Aug 23, 2023

Director’s Log | August 2023

Once again, summer has gone by in a flash and it’s time to welcome students back to campus. This year, IEI was invited to greet incoming graduate students at NC State’s… 

Jun 29, 2023

Director’s Log | June 2023

It’s officially summer! Even though school is out and most students have left the halls of the Hunt Library here at NC State University for a well-deserved break, Team IEI is… 

Apr 10, 2023

IEI Presents: Talent First Tuesdays

IEI announces a special virtual webinar series called Talent First Tuesdays, in which panelists from the 2023 Emerging Issues Forum return for discussions on barriers faced by five different groups of underrepresented workers. 

Mar 29, 2023

Director’s Log | March 2023

Shaping public policy by listening to the community Multiple philosophers have been credited with the quote, “We have two ears and one mouth so that we can listen twice as…