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Spurring Downtown Revitalization and Entrepreneurship in Graham, NC: The enthusiasm behind the City of Graham’s application is what made them the 2017 Creative Give Back winner. Graham asked for our help in developing a framework for the implementation and operation of a Community Development/Revolving Loan Fund and programs to support entrepreneurship initiatives. One goal of our Creative Give Back program is to work on projects that can be replicated. What we learned in the Graham project has applicability to many small towns across North Carolina. Read the full report to get ideas for your community.



Defining Success in Business Retention & Expansion: Economic development organizations track a wide range of metrics from leads to BRE visits to business start-ups and beyond. However, does the time invested in measuring specific data points pay off in future success? An article in Community Development authored by Dr. Jonathan Morgan, Associate Professor of Public Administration and Government at the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill, and Crystal Morphis, CEO of Creative Economic Development Consulting, reviewed success factors in BRE programs.



2017 North Carolina Economic Development Salary Survey: The North Carolina Economic Development Association (NCEDA) and Creative Econo2017 NC ED Salary Survey Report COVER Onlymic Development Consulting released the first state-wide salary and compensation survey for the economic development community in North Carolina. It was designed to sync with the International Economic Development Council’s Salary Survey so that comparisons could be made between North Carolina and national data. The data is useful on a personal level to economic developers in their careers and is also vital for economic development managers charged with recruiting or retaining talent in the industry.


Creative Give Back Report: Connecting Military Spouses and Former Military to Employment in Wayne County, NC.  Does your community have a strong military presence? Do you have talented military spouses, dependents, and veterans seeking local employment but struggling to find an existing business with the right employment opportunities?  The 2016 Creative Give Back Project developed a concise action plan to raise awareness in the business community about the benefits of hiring former military and military spouses.



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