Kenan Institute Hosts SBIC, RBIC Workshop to Drive Community Investment

Friday, October 19, 2018 

Experts from the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC), the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC), the Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and the Small Business Administration (SBA) met with bankers and investors to shed light on the unique challenges and advantages of investing in two federal government programs designed to infuse capital into small and rural businesses at the Community Development Investment Workshop on Wednesday, Oct. 17, at the Kenan Center in Chapel Hill.

Michael No Match for Commercial Real Estate Data Alliance (CREDA) Conference

Wednesday, October 17, 2018 

“A storm is threat’ning….Gimme, gimme shelter.” The words of Mick Jagger were probably on the minds of many at the 2018 UNC Real Estate Research Symposium on October 11-12. As the remnants of Hurricane Michael came crashing through the Raleigh-Durham area, participants battled flight delays, cancellations and power outages to get to the Rizzo Center in Chapel Hill.

Researchers Challenge Status Quo on Economic Development

Friday, 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.

SmartUp Small Business Assistance Program Kicks Off in Elizabeth City

Thursday, October 4, 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.

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

Tuesday, October 2, 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.

Those Left Behind: Downtown Durham a Case Study for Questions of Equitable Growth and Prosperity (Part 1)

Wednesday, September 26, 2018 

With an average of 20 new residents a day, Durham, North Carolina is booming. And no wonder. The boarded-up storefronts and abandoned warehouses of decades past have been transformed into trendy eateries and gleaming high-rises. A vibrant cultural scene, a burgeoning commercial district and a reputation for hipness have turned the city’s downtown area into the very picture of urban success.

Kenan Scholars, Mentors Connect at Speed Networking Event

Wednesday, September 19, 2018 

As students trickled back onto campus after the Hurricane Florence hiatus, a group of dedicated juniors made its way to Top of the Hill’s Back Bar on Franklin Street on Tuesday evening – not to belly up to the bar, but for a whirlwind round of meeting, greeting and conversation with strangers.

NCGrowth Summer Showcase Highlights Flourishing Sanford Businesses

Wednesday, September 12, 2018 

NCGrowth, an affiliated center of the Frank Hawkins Kenan Institute for Private Enterprise, hosted its annual summer showcase in Sanford, N.C., on Friday, Sept. 7.