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Demographic disruptors could prevent North Carolina from reaching public health goals. Outlined here are policy prescriptions and strategic investments to turn these disruptors into opportunities.
The COVID-19 pandemic wreaked havoc and disrupted the lives of low-income individuals and families throughout this state in the southeast region of the U.S.
Newcomers from other states and abroad are principally responsible for North Carolina’s population boom–growth by 3.9 million– since 1990. However, seven powerful demographic disruptors—analogous to gale force wind gusts in an adverse weather event—can potentially quell future growth and demand for residential and commercial real estate. Strategies to circumnavigate the adverse effects of the demographic gale force winds ahead are discussed.
Seven powerful demographic trends—analogous to gale force wind gusts in an adverse weather event—constitute potentially powerful disruptors of business and commerce in the years ahead. Four of the gale force demographic disruptors—slowing total and foreign-born population growth, white population loss, and declining fertility— have evolved over the past several decades.
The North Carolina Community Action Association(NCCAA) commissioned a study to assess the impact ofthe COVID-19 pandemic on its efforts to combat povertyand facilitate self-sufficiency in low-income communities throughout the state. We conducted focus groups withindividuals served by Community Action Agencies (CAAs)and conducted a corresponding set of key informantinterviews with identified leaders in five communitiesacross the state.
The pandemic is having a compounded effect of communities of color. Already over-represented relative to their shares of the total population in coronavirus infections, hospitalizations, and deaths, people of color also have a higher likelihood of living in over-crowded multi-generational households than are Whites.
Despite advocacy from governmental officials and parents alike, we urge caution in the reopening of public schools before the coronavirus pandemic is fully under control. We are especially concerned about the premature re-opening of schools in impoverished and flood-prone urban and rural environments.
Considerable scholarly analysis and media attention has documented the racially disparate impact of coronavirus infections, hospitalizations, and deaths. Constituting 13 percent of the general population, Blacks reportedly account for 25 percent of those that have tested positive and 39 percent of the COVID-related deaths in the United States.
The nursing profession in the United States was experiencing a labor shortage and facing diversity and inclusion challenges prior to the Covid-19 pandemic. Magnifying these problems, the nation’s population was shifting–geographically and demographically.
Keys to Financial Inclusion Episode 04: Promoting Inclusive Community Development – A Conversation with Jeanne Milliken Bonds
Jeanne Milliken Bonds, Professor of the Practice for Impact Investment and Sustainable Finance at the University of North Carolina’s Kenan Flagler Business School, joins the program for the fourth episode of Keys to Financial Inclusion.
Knowledge of our changing demography can serve as both foundation and frame for how to achieve greater social, economic, environmental, and health equity in North Carolina…
We leverage evidence-based best practices of inclusive and equitable development from the research literature to devise a reputational equity checklist.
Americans are turning to companies with purpose and ethics to lead us through the profound anxiety and crises we are currently experiencing as a nation. Use this corporate reputational equity checklist to brand or rebrand your firm as an inclusive and equitable workplace.
Opportunity Zones are an innovative approach to spurring long-term private sector investments in low-income communities…
Jeanne Milliken Bonds, Professor of the Practice, Impact Investment, and Sustainable Finance at the Kenan-Flagler Business School at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill on Whole Community Health, speaks on pilot project by Kenan Charitable Trust in two North Carolina counties.
History informs us that there is a migratory outflow from cities in response to pandemics. The Coronavirus Pandemic is no exception.
We are living in an era of increasing volatility, uncertainty, complexity and ambiguity—a VUCA World. “Certain-uncertainty” is the new normal in today’s society and economy.
Immigrants are once again the targets of draconian policy making. It is during the COVID-19 pandemic this time.
Pay for Success (PFS) is a public policy tool that may be used in the workforce developmentsector to test new programs guided by predetermined outcomes for a target population ora community. PFS is a contractual arrangement that ties payment for delivery of services tospecific, measurable outcomes. Through the contract, it ensures quality and effective servicesthat hopefully will lead to long-term positive change for both the individuals and communities.For example, outcomes may be measured by participants in job training programs finding andsustaining employment, and ultimately experiencing wage increases.
Business Intelligence for Creating an Inclusive Model of Contracting and Procurement in the City of Durham
Gentrifying cities increasingly are adopting inclusive and equitable development policies, strategies, tools, and regulatory practices to minimize, if not altogether eliminate, the demographic and economic dislocations that often accompany their growing attractiveness as ideal places to live, work, and play for a creative class of young people and well-resourced retirees who are predominantly white. Creating greater opportunities for historically under-utilized businesses to grow and prosper through enhanced local government contracting and procurement is one mechanism through which gentrifying cities are trying to generate greater equity and shared prosperity.
A roadmap for inclusive and equitable development will increase shared prosperity in Durham: sustainability scorecard; collective ambition community mobilization strategy; inclusive entrepreneurial/ business ecosystem; and equitable community economic development innovations fund.
In the state of South Carolina, community development practitioners have a history of organizing to capitalize on opportunities to create practical solutions for the state’s low- and moderate- income communities in both urban and rural areas. The statewide Community Development Corporation (CDC) association was founded in 1994 by four CDCs. And, in 2000, the state General Assembly provided $10 million in grants, loans and tax credits to certified CDCs by enacting a Community Economic Development Act. The legislation required a state certification of entities as CDCs and CDFIs. Even though CDFIs may be certified by the U.S. Treasury, the state of South Carolina is separate and apart from that process.
This issue of Community Practice Papers focuses on partner organizations in East Baltimore and community development tools to address a neighborhood challenged by disinvestment.
This issue of Community Practice Papers explores examples of sustained and emerging business models from rural and urban Community Development Corporations across the Carolinas.
To thrive and prosper in the new economy, North Carolina municipalities will have to adapt to the federal government’s recent policy shift toward letting free enterprise solve pressing urban and rural problems.