March 2016 NCGrowth NewsletterPeople, Business, Community.
NCGrowth presents report on Innovation Zones to the City of Wilson
NCGrowth partnered with the Downtown Development office of the City of Wilson, as well as the Vollis Simpson Whirligig Park to research innovation zones.

Shark Tank by SpringBoardNC fuels local business ideas
More than 30 unique startups and microbusinesses participated in the small business-oriented event sponsored in part by NCGrowth, displaying their unique offerings to the more than one hundred audience members in attendance.

NCGrowth Analyst wins big at Greenville's Spazz Fest Pitch Competition
Spazz Fest VII continued the tradition of a multi-day, multi-venue festival dedicated to celebrating the live music and creative arts community, along with Greenville’s established and growing music, art, and entrepreneurial scene. This year the five-day event started March 16th in various locations throughout the Uptown Greenville District.

Crowdsourcing bill, Economic Development Partnership highlighted during NCEDA conference
More needs to be done to support small businesses in North Carolina, N.C. Department of Commerce Secretary John Skvarla told the crowd gathered Wednesday for the N.C. Economic Developers Association Mid-Winter Conference.

NC's Firefest: Celebrating the role of fire in creativity
April 1 & 2: Join STARworks for a 2-day festival celebrating the role of fire in the creation of art!

USDA offers new toolkit to assess economic impact of local foods
New Report from USDA's Agricultural Marketing Service Helps Communities Measure the Economic Benefits of Local Food Investments With Real-World Examples and Measurement Tactics

Brookings releases new report on inclusive economic development
A new report entitled “Remaking Economic Development: The Markets and Civics of Continuous Growth and Prosperity” released by the Brookings Metropolitan Policy Program calls for a paradigm shift in economic development thinking, away from competitiveness and growth, and toward a more inclusive prosperity.

NC in a global battle for good jobs
As trends in automation and demography collide North Carolina’s labor market and labor force are facing significant disruptions.

USDA announces funding for Conservation Innovation Grants
USDA announced funding and is seeking applications for Conservation Innovation Grants (CIG). This grant program is designed to stimulate the development and adoption of innovative conservation approaches and technologies, while leveraging the Federal investment in environmental enhancement and protection in conjunction with agricultural production.

Frank Hawkins Kenan Institute of Private Enterprise