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    Community Development Investment Workshop

    The Office of the Comptroller of the Currency, the FDIC and the Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond – in partnership with the USDA and the SBA – is holding a workshop for Rural Business Investment Companies (RBICs), Small Business Investment Companies (SBICs) and banks at 4 p.m. today at the Kenan Institute.


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November 01, 2018

10th Annual Private Equity Research Consortium (PERC) Symposium

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Researchers Challenge Status Quo on Economic Development

October 12, 2018

What’s best for a local economy—recruiting big, established companies, or nurturing home-grown startups? It’s a question economic developers and researchers have grappled with for decades. In a new white paper and Economic Development Quarterly article,Kenan Institute Senior Faculty Fellow Maryann Feldman and University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill professor Nichola Lowe offer a new tack: Try both. More

SmartUp Small Business Assistance Program Kicks Off in Elizabeth City

October 04, 2018

Elizabeth City’s newest jobs creation partnership set sail literally and figuratively on Friday, Sept. 28, as two Coast Guard search-and-rescue boats took participants on a brief tour of the city’s harbor before dropping them off for a panel discussion and luncheon at The Center at Arts of the Albemarle. More

Those Left Behind: Downtown Durham a Case Study for Questions of Equitable Growth and Prosperity (Part 2)

October 02, 2018

In our last post, we examined the history of how downtown Durham, North Carolina became one of the hottest destinations for people to live, work and play, and how that makeover is raising questions about economic equity, gentrification and displacement. In this post, we take a look at Durham’s future, and how local government and community leaders are working to address the issues surfaced by Durham’s transformation. More

Latest Research

Mandating Women on Boards: Evidence from the United States

October 13, 2018

Our findings indicate that mandated increases in gender diversity on corporate boards are detrimental to shareholder value. More

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