October 2015 NCGrowth NewsletterPeople, Business, Community.
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2015 Fall economic development and business projects underway
Every year NCGrowth selects a cohort of graduate students from across the UNC system to assist with projects for local government and growing businesses in rural North Carolina. Students are chosen through a competitive process. This year, twelve new students were selected from Kenan-Flagler Business School, UNC-CH’s Masters in Public Administration, UNC-CH’s Masters in Statistics and Operations Research, and ECU’s Business School.

NCGrowth hires new program coordinator, Carolyn Fryberger
As Program Coordinator Carolyn Fryberger will be leading the expansion of NCGrowth’s work into the Sand Hills region and managing the work of Kenan Institute Economic Development Analysts (KIEDAS). She’s excited to be a part of NCGrowth’s dynamic team contributing to sustainable and equitable development in NC.

NCGrowth brings on their first class of NCSU graduate students
NCGrowth has welcomed their first NCSU graduate students to the team. Ece Altinbasak and Atieh Ameri were brought on board this summer and have begun working on projects to support NCGrowth’s mission in sustainable and equitable rural economic development.

UNC-CH & ECU graduate students join NCGrowth
This fall NCGrowth is working on eight projects with growing North Carolina businesses, local governments, and regional economic development organizations. Projects are chosen based on impact to the local economy, demographics, location, potential for job creation and other criteria.

UNC Pembroke chancellor open for business help
Chancellor Robin Cummings of UNC Pembroke came to Chapel Hill Oct. 8 not only as the head of his academic institution but also as a Tar Heel alum, a Lumbee Indian and a native of Pembroke. He wants his alma mater to help revitalize his hometown and support entrepreneurship among students and residents in the region.

By nourishing plants, you're nourishing community
In the predominantly African-American community of Conetoe, a local pastor Rev. Richard Joyner, started a healthy living movement after watching many of his parishioners die from preventable diseases. Today, his nonprofit, the Conetoe Family Life Center, manages more than 20 plots of community garden land, including one 25-acre site.

The Support Center’s commitment to creating economic opportunity in North Carolina
The Support Center (TSC) is a statewide nonprofit and Community Development Financial Institution (CDFI) based in Raleigh, N.C., dedicated to fostering economic development in underserved communities by providing capital, business services and policy research to support small businesses in the state.

Grant Opportunity Highlight: Rural Energy for America Program; Renewable Energy Systems & Energy Efficiency Improvement Loans & Grants
This program provides guaranteed loan financing and grant funding to agricultural producers and rural small businesses to purchase or install renewable energy systems or make energy efficiency improvements

Frank Hawkins Kenan Institute of Private Enterprise