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Oct 2, 2019

NCGrowth Honored with Top Award from the University Economic Development Association for University-based Economic Development

The Kenan Institute-affiliated center was presented with the Judges’ Award of Excellence at the UEDA annual summit on Oct 1, 2019.

(CHAPEL HILL, N.C. – OCT. 2, 2019) NCGrowth, a Kenan Institute-affiliated center, has been awarded the Judges’ Award of Excellence from the University Economic Development Association (UEDA), a consortium of higher education institutions across North America who work with private sector businesses, nonprofits, government organizations and community economic stakeholders to create local and regional economic opportunity. The award, which recognizes the top project among all of this year’s award winners, was presented at the 2019 UEDA Annual Summit in Reno, Nevada on Oct. 1.

“Since its inception in 2012, NCGrowth has helped more than 100 businesses and communities create jobs and equitable opportunities in North Carolina. We’re honored to be recognized with UEDA’s top award for our mission’s work of helping businesses and communities reach their full economic potential,” said Mark Little, director of NCGrowth.

The UEDA Awards honor programs in the categories of innovation, talent and place, as well as the intersections between these three themes. Judging criteria include replicability, scalability, sustainability, impact and originality. More than 160 UEDA members were invited to submit programs for consideration in this year’s competition. Twenty finalists were chosen from the group of nominated projects.

About the Kenan Institute of Private Enterprise at UNC Kenan-Flagler Business School
The Frank Hawkins Kenan Institute of Private Enterprise develops and promotes innovative, market-based solutions to vital economic issues. With the belief that private enterprise is the cornerstone of a prosperous and free society, the institute fosters the entrepreneurial spirit to stimulate economic prosperity and improve the lives of people in North Carolina, across the country and around the world. Learn more at kenaninstitute.unc.edu.

About NCGrowth
NCGrowth is a university center that helps businesses and communities create good jobs and equitable opportunities through applied research and technical assistance. In partnership with other universities and community organizations, NCGrowth provides technical assistance to businesses and governments on economic development and entrepreneurship projects. Since 2012 NCGrowth has helped to create hundreds of jobs and worked with more than a hundred clients. Learn more at ncgrowth.unc.edu.

About UEDA
Established in 1976, the University Economic Development Association has been working to bring together higher education institutions, private sector businesses, non-profits, government organizations, and community economic development stakeholders to create local and regional economic opportunity. Our membership has grown to more than 160 organizations, who represent those at the leading edge of modern economic development thinking and practice. Learn more at https://universityeda.org/.

Press contact:
MacKenzie Babb
919.843.6021
MacKenzie_Babb@kenan-flagler.unc.edu

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