Office of Economic and Business Development

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Jesse L. White retired as Director of the Office of Economic and Business Development in December of 2010. Dr. White created the office in early 2004 and has served as its only director. We thank Dr. White for his exemplary service to UNC and to the state of North Carolina.

We invite you to explore this archive of the Office of Economic and Business Development’s activities from 2004–2010.

Working Group on Economic Development

The UNC-Chapel Hill Working Group on Economic Development is a network of faculty and administrators interested in engaged scholarship and public service in economic development. The Working Group continues as a joint project of the Carolina Center for Public Service, the Odum Institute, and the Center for Global Initiatives. 

Carolina Economic Revitalization Corps

The Carolina Economic Revitalization Corps continues at the UNC School of Government.

Appalachian Colleges Community Economic Development Partnership

The Appalachian Colleges Community Economic Development Partnership—funded in part by a generous grant from the Jessie Ball duPont Fund and with additional assistance from the Appalachian College Association—aimed to strengthen local and regional economies by creating customized, sustainable campus-community collaborations for economic development. OEBD worked with four Appalachian colleges including Mars Hill College, King College, Ferrum College, and Kentucky Christian University on a variety of economic development projects.

In May 2010, OEBD hosted about 50 people from the various ACCEDP schools and the spheres of economic development and higher education for a conference on college-community partnerships.

Community Economic Development Research Grants Program

As part of Carolina’s efforts to pursue engaged scholarship in the area of community economic development, the Office of Economic and Business Development (OEBD), in partnership with the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Public Service and Engagement and the Center for Global Initiatives, sponsored the Community Economic Development Research Grants Program (CED/RGP). The program funded projects with potential to improve the economic competitiveness of both businesses and communities in North Carolina. The ultimate outcome of community economic development as defined in this program is the creation of jobs, companies, and wealth across the state. Both competitive communities and businesses are essential to this outcome.

The 2009 grant recipients are:

 Additional Reports