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.
- ACCEDP Highlights
- Findings from the ACCEDP
- The Small Private Colleges Community Economic Development Toolkit
- ACCEDP Final Report
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:
- Rudi Colloredo-Mansfeld; Associate Professor, Department of Anthropology: “Local Food Retailing and Enterprise Development: Identifying Cultural and Economic Assets for Successful Value Chain Partnerships”
- Maryann Feldman; Distinguished Professor, Department of Public Policy: “Building Infrastructure for Research and Data on the Economic Dynamics of the Research Triangle”
- Daniel Gitterman; Associate Professor, Department of Public Policy: “Bringing the Benefit Bank to North Carolina”
- Andrew Holton; Assistant Director, Program on Public Life: “Infrastructure and Metropolitanization in Eastern N.C.”
- March 2009: After the Factories Executive Summary | After the Factories: Full Report
- July 2008: NC DOC Regional Vision Plan: Phase I and Phase II (Final Report)
- April 2008: Beyond the Sunbelt: Southern Economic Development in a Global Context
- April 2006: Leveraging the Marine Trades in North Carolina’s Water Counties, Department of City and Regional Planning
- February 2006: Carolina Summit on Community Economic Development, a report by the UNC-Chapel Hill Office of Economic and Business Development
- Popular Government, Special Issue: Community Economic Development. Jesse L. White, Jr., Guest Editor