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Apprenticeship programs have not historically been successful in reaching a diverse array of people. A report by NCGrowth examines trends within apprenticeship and offers a set of best practices to continue diversifying these programs.

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NCGrowth’s Field Guide to Blueways: Leveraging Natural Assets for Economic Development

March 22, 2021

Does your community have whitewater rapids, coastal waterways, or winding rivers? If so, you may wonder how you can leverage these unique assets for economic development and increased quality of life. Blueways, or paddle trails, are marked routes on rivers, lakes, canals, or coastlines for recreational use. NCGrowth’s new Blueway Guide provides tools to help […] More

Supply-Side Barriers to Employment: Survey Results

November 18, 2020

After reaching a peak unemployment rate of 17 percent following the Great Recession, Edgecombe County, North Carolina, still has a persistently high unemployment rate compared to the statewide figure. Its economy and workforce are lagging behind the state in other ways as well: Edgecombe County residents earn less, are more likely to be poor or […] More

Community Responses to the Economic Effects of COVID-19 and Lessons Learned

November 09, 2020

The economic impacts of COVID-19 are far-reaching and wide raging. Stay-at-home orders imposed by local and state governments in the Spring to mitigate the transmission of COVID-19 led to unprecedented unemployment and the temporary closure of countless small businesses. Changes to business practices and consumer habits that economists predicted would take years, have happened overnight. […] More