Tyler Mulligan was involved in the last round of lunches and he provided an update on a project that the Development Finance Initiative is doing for the NC Department of Commerce. It is a complicated project and this post draws heavily (okay, very heavily) on a summary and pictures provided by Tyler. In addition to
Norma will roll out field training in July on these contracting issues. So far there have been 710 approved projects for federal funding and there are expected to be between 3,500 and 4,000 total projects. Norma’s training will build on lessons learned from actual de-obligations in the hope of avoiding a similar fate for projects from Hurricane Matthew.
A major focus for Brian in recent years has been in the field of community vulnerability and resilience. He has written a number of posts about this important concept for the School’s Community Economic Development in North Carolina and Beyond blog. Writing after Hurricane Matthew in a post titled “Strengthening Resilience in North Carolina’s Communities,” Brian noted that there had been a number of improvements after Hurricane Floyd in 1999, but it “was not sufficient to protect many communities from devastating floods, or to convince residents and businesses to take greater responsibility for their own resilience in the face of disastrous events.”
We had another round of lunches a few weeks ago. This one included Brian Dabson, Tyler Mulligan, Shannon Tufts, and Norma Houston. It was enjoyable, as always, and I learned a lot. This post describes what Shannon shared with the group, and I’ll summarize the others in the next few days. Shannon started by talking
Jonathan is taking the lead on an in-depth case study of McDowell County, particularly its efforts to address food and nutrition issues. Part of HPNC’s place-based strategy is to build local leadership capacity that will continue when the program is over.
EFC responded to a competitive request for proposals and won a research contract to review the applicable law on this subject in all 50 states. The report identified examples of robust assistance programs in states with more flexible laws, and it identified creative options for providing assistance in states with more restrictive laws.
The most recent lunch in this series included Rick Morse, who talked about working on a new book that was just released—Citizens Academy Handbook. One part of Rick’s ongoing research is civic engagement, and a few years ago he started learning about citizens academies as a new and innovative approach to civic engagement by a
ohn and Emily are doing excellent work in terms of addressing racial equity issues in the criminal justice system. The newest ZSR grant is focused on building local capacity to address these issues, which seems like an important strategy for bringing about systemic change on these issues.