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Join the Urban-Brookings Tax Policy Center and the UNC Tax Center for their annual conference in Washington, D.C.

Please join us for an exclusive virtual conversation with North Carolina Secretary of Commerce Machelle Baker Sanders. This discussion is part of the Dean’s Speaker Series, hosted by Kenan-Flagler Business School Dean Doug Shackelford.

As the U.S. continues to face COVID-19 and supply chain disruptions, experts debate just how worked up the economy is in its current state. This week’s insight serves as the first in a two-part point-counterpoint series, in which Kenan Institute Executive Director Greg Brown and Chief Economist Gerald Cohen hash out the arguments both for and against an overheating economy.

As the U.S. continues to face the effects of the pandemic and supply chain issues, Kenan Institute Executive Director Greg Brown and Chief Economist Gerald Cohen debate whether the overheated economy is ready to boil over – or if it’s simply simmering.

Thank you, Governor Cooper, for taking bold actions in Executive Order 246 to transition North Carolina to a green economy by 2030. The environmental justice provisions in this Executive Order go a long way toward ensuring that the state can achieve the exemplary public health equity goals and targeted outcomes set forth in the recently released Healthy North Carolina 2030: A Path Toward Health report.

Urban Investment Strategies Center Director Jim Johnson, who serves as chairman of the N.C. Department of Environmental Justice and Equity Board and as a member of the task force on social, economic and environmental equity, accompanied Cooper at a press conference in support of the order at N.C. A&T State University.

In this virtual fireside chat, Kenan Institute Senior Fellow Mary Moore Hamrick, CEO of Political Quotient Advisors, will explore the political gamesmanship behind the recently passed $1.2 trillion U.S. infrastructure bill. Hamrick will also share her take on the drivers behind ongoing debates over the national budget and debt ceiling legislation in Washington, as well as the prospective impact on business and the U.S. and global economies. Hamrick will be joined by Kenan Institute Chief Economist, Gerald Cohen.

Kenan Institute Chief Economist Gerald Cohen highlights five hot topics – from labor shortages to cryptocurrency – that business leaders and policymakers will grapple with in 2022.

During a fireside chat on Jan. 5, Kenan Institute Chief Economist Gerald Cohen and Political Quotient Advisors CEO Mary Moore Hamrick discussed the political gamesmanship behind the $1.2 trillion U.S. infrastructure bill, drivers influencing national budget and debt ceiling debates, and the potential impact on U.S. and global economies.

Kenan Institute Chief Economist Gerald Cohen highlights five hot topics – from labor shortages to cryptocurrency – that business leaders and policymakers will grapple with in 2022.

From exploring the concept of shareholder capitalism to welcoming world-class speakers, Kenan Institute Executive Director Greg Brown shares some exciting things to look forward to in 2022.

Kenan Institute Chief Economist Gerald Cohen reflects on the economic impact of the past year’s events in this holiday special for WRAL TechWire.

Our Economic Development Experts

Jeanne Milliken Bonds

Professor of the Practice, Impact Investment and Sustainable Finance, UNC Kenan-Flagler Business School

    Maryann P. Feldman

    S.K. Heninger Distinguished Professor of Public Policy and Professor of FinanceFaculty Director of CREATE

    Jim Johnson

    William R. Kenan Jr. Distinguished Professor of Strategy and Entrepreneurship, Director of the Urban Investment Strategies Center 

    Mark Little

    Executive Director, CREATE

    Centers & Initiatives

    Urban Investment Strategies Center

    Assessing demographic and economic trends in order to prescribe policy that leads to prosperity for the urban disadvantaged.

    NCGrowth

    Helping businesses create good jobs and helping communities create sustainable and equitable opportunities for their people.

    CREATE

    Helping to create a future where economic growth is more equitably shared.