News & Media

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Researchers Challenge Status Quo on Economic Development

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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

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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)

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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

Journal of Alternative Investments Features Editorial by Kenan Institute Director Greg Brown

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October 01, 2018 • Institute for Private Capital

The fall 2018 issue of The Journal of Alternative Investments features invited editorial content by Greg Brown. Brown’s editorial explores the proliferation of alternative investment strategies over the past 25 years and the trends and developments on the horizon as part of a special journal issue on the new frontiers of alternative investments. More

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

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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. More

Kenan Scholars, Mentors Connect at Speed Networking Event

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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. More

NCGrowth Summer Showcase Highlights Flourishing Sanford Businesses

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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. More

Kenan Institute Welcomes UNC Kenan-Flagler Business School New Faculty

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September 07, 2018

The Frank Hawkins Kenan Institute of Private Enterprise hosted UNC Kenan-Flagler Business School’s annual new faculty dinner Thursday evening at the Kenan Center. The institute, which supports the school’s outreach and research efforts, kicked off the event with an interdisciplinary seminar featuring a presentation by Professor Al Segars on his latest research, “Seven Technologies Remaking the World,” and discussion and Q&A facilitated by Professor Eric Ghysels. More

Perceptive and Prescient: Experts’ Projections on Global Trade Hit the Mark

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August 31, 2018

In April of this year, the Kenan Institute of Private Enterprise hosted the day-long Global Trade, Global Tradeoffs: Emerging Challenges in International Commerce conference. Key thought leaders from academia, industry and government convened at the Kenan Center in Chapel Hill to explore how international trade is impacting markets and communities around the world. More

Kenan Institute of Private Enterprise Hosts Annual Open House

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August 29, 2018

The Frank Hawkins Kenan Institute of Private Enterprise welcomed nearly 200 undergraduate business students, MBA candidates and members of the UNC Kenan-Flagler Business School community to the Kenan Center Dining Room for the institute’s annual open house event on Tuesday, Aug. 28. More