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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 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. 

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Jun 22, 2022

North Carolina Workforce Development Leadership Initiative Launches This Fall

Units across NC State University, in collaboration with the NCWorks Commission and the NC Association of Workforce Development Boards, will launch the NC Workforce Development Leadership Initiative this fall. 

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Nov 17, 2020

First in Future: The Ties That Bind Us (part 3) – Zachary Barricklow

This is part three of a three episode series of First in Future, where we focus on community, specifically what people and places in North Carolina are doing to make the places we live special. In the final part of our special focus on what transforms a place we live into a true community, we talk with Zach Barricklow of Wilkes Community College about the regional approach Wilkes, Ashe and Alleghany counties are taking to build off of their collective assets (especially high speed internet) to hold on to young people, retrain adults and attract new residents to the area. 

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Nov 10, 2020

First in Future: The Ties That Bind Us (part 2) – Dante Pittman

This is part of a three episode series of First in Future, where we want to focus on community, specifically what people and places in North Carolina are doing to make the places we live special. Small towns everywhere complain about "brain drain", young educated people who move away for college and don't come back. In the second part of our series on what makes the places we live special, we talk with Dante Pittman, who chose to move back home to Wilson, NC, with the help of a new effort called "Lead for North Carolina." And we explore the question: how do we retain and retrain and stop brain drain? 

May 22, 2020

The Way Back from Unemployment?

Summary: Leslie Boney, Director of the Institute for Emerging Issues, hosts a series of virtual conversations discussing the impacts of coronavirus (COVID-19) and some of the ways our state is… 

Feb 25, 2020

First in Future: State Board of Education Chair Eric Davis

Summary: This year, the Raleigh-based nonprofit Public School Forum has identified its top education issues to address, to take “immediate and intentional actions to provide each child a sound basic education.” This is a response to a lingering… 

Jan 7, 2020

First in Future: IBM Global Lead for Serious Games Phaedra Boinodiris

Summary: Artificial intelligence will soon be making decisions about who gets jobs, whether you get a loan, and what sort of diagnosis you get for a condition. That is why… 

Dec 24, 2019

First in Future: co-founder of District C Dan Gonzalez

Summary: In 2016, the Institute for Emerging Issues looked at the future economy and tried to figure out the kinds and numbers of jobs that were likely to go away…