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Feb 28, 2023

Director’s Log | February 2023

On Monday, Feb. 13, only a few hours after the end of the “big game,” IEI’s own dedicated team opened the doors of the NC State University McKimmon Center and officially… 

Jan 25, 2023

Director’s Log | January 2023

Help Wanted: Join Our Team of Change Agents A new year marks new beginnings, and I’m excited to start 2023 as the next director of the Institute for Emerging Issues.… 

Oct 26, 2022

Interim Director’s Log | October 2022

An Ode to Superheroes Governor Roy Cooper declared October 2022 as Workforce Development Professionals Month. In his proclamation he addresses the economic imperative of a strong workforce, mentioned the myFutureNC… 

Eleven adults sit or stand around a table, discussing an issue together. The room is full of other tables of people.

Sep 28, 2022

IEI Launches Talent First Economics Task Force

As part of the 2023 Emerging Issues Forum, IEI has convened a task force of 71 experts to examine what it will take to connect workers to the workforce. 

Sep 28, 2022

Interim Director’s Log | September 2022

Let’s DIY, Together To know me is to know that I love a good project. Whether it’s a fall-themed craft out of wood scraps (thank you Pinterest), a new shelving… 

A map of North Carolina with counties highlighted that are included in the Talent First Economics community cohort

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 30, 2022

Interim Director’s Log | August 2022

A Different Kind of Workforce Analysis for North Carolina Okay, I admit it; I get easily excited about interesting data, especially when it comes to North Carolina’s workforce. I become… 

Jul 28, 2022

Interim Director’s Log | July 2022

State Budgets, Summer Camp, Students and More! The dog days of summer have arrived in North Carolina, bringing with them a newly passed state budget, planning for IEI’s third year… 

Jul 8, 2022

What Keeps NC Workforce Development Leaders Up at Night?

On May 18, 2022, IEI co-hosted the NC Association of Workforce Development Boards spring meeting. Workforce development professionals from across NC gathered virtually to learn about state workforce trends and share what they are seeing in their regions. 

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.