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Economic Development

Links to Resources:

UNC Economic Development Institutes, Related Links, Business Plans

RS-State, Regional, National
RS-Western NC Area
RS-Area Media
RS-Jackson County
RS-Western C Univ
RS-College of Business
RS-Other Resources & Examples, I
RS-Other Resources & Examples, II


Business (NC Business News)

Chancellor's page on the Summit (Economic Development, Feb. 21, 2003)
Relevant speeches by the Chancellor
Worthy of note:  Leadership Reconsidered: Engaging Higher Education in Social Change (W. K. Kellogg Foundation, 2002)



UNC Economic Development Institutes, Related Links, Business Plans

WCU Institute for the Economy and the Future (IEF)


Appalachian Regional Development Institute

Eastern Carolina University, Community Engagement (note RDS and, under that, RDI)

NC State Extension, Engagement & Economic Development



Related Links:

Higher Education News, Links

UNC Sustainability, Links

UNC Sustainability, Campuses

Quicken, Business Plan
U Chicago, Business Plan Links
PWC, Business Plan
Small Business Advancement National Center (Business Plan Creation)
Business Plan Archive  (LOC & University of Maryland)








RS-State, Regional, National

.GOV or .NC, or copyright NC
ARC | Appalachian Regional Commission
ARC Resources for Community Planning
ARC Regional Data and Research
ARC Sources of Funding
Appalachian Culture
NC Department of Commerce, Statistics
NC Department of Commerce, Community Services
NC Department of Commerce, Community Services, Main Street Center
NC Department of Commerce (Advantages of North Carolina)
NC Department of Commerce, Business Services
NC Business Info
NC Agribusiness Council
NC Agribusiness Development
North Carolina Rural Prosperity Task Force, IT & Connectivity
NC Business ServiCenter (Start Your Business in North Carolina)

The Hispanic Market of the Southeastern United States  

New Economy Index (article)

Knowledge and Innovation in North Carolina   (article, News Observer, Feb. 2007)
UNC and Economic Transformation (2007)
North Carolina joins states around the U.S. by hosting several Entrepreneurship Week USA events (Carolina Newswire, Feb. 2007)

American Planning Association Economic Development Administration (EDA)

North Carolina Community Foundation (note links to affiliates)
Rotary International
NC Economic Development Board
North Carolina Rural Economic Development Center -- Resource Guide
NC Rural Economic Development Center -- Rural Data Bank
The Conservation Fund - Home Page
Carolina Recycling Assn - Links
NC Recycling Business Assistance Center
North Carolina Smart Growth Alliance
Smart Growth News
NCCBI (NC Citizens for Business and Industry)

Information Technology & Innovation Foundation

International Economic Development Council                              
National Development Council

North Carolina Chapter of the American Planning Association (NCAPA)

Entrepreneurship:   2007 State New Economy Index             
On the Road to an Entrepreneurial Economy (article: Kauffman Foundation)

Council for Entrepreneurial Development

The report titled “2006 Survey of Visitors to the Blue Ridge National Heritage Area” is available
at The survey, a follow-up to a 2005 regional visitor
survey, looked at the multiple activities that people engage in while visiting the Blue Ridge National Heritage Area.  [ACT, 7/26/07]

Council for Community and Economic Research (formerly American Chamber of Commerce Research Association, ACCRA)

Council on Competitiveness

National Association of Workforce Boards


Carolina Living - NC Business Resources
Carolina Business Directory
Economic Development Board - North Carolina Department of Commerce
Economic Development Directory - North Carolina
Guide to NC Performance Measurement Project
NC links Internet, economy
NC Managing Discarded Electronics Products
U.S. Chamber of Commerce, North Carolina Members

Appalachian Culture Sites
Center for Urban and Regional Studies, UNC-Chapel Hill
UNC Five-Year Report
Small Business Advancement National Center
Subject: North Carolina Counties
Statistical Sources In North Carolina (State Library)
Welcome to DCRP at UNC-Chapel Hill

Selig Center for Economic Growth (GA)                   

UNC School of Government, NC Planning

Association of University Research Parks








RS-Western NC Area

AdvantageWest North Carolina
Appalachian Sustainable Agriculture Project
Asheville SCORE (Counselors to America's Small Business)
Cherokee Nation
Haywood County C of C
Haywood County Community Network, Commerce
The Institute at Biltmore (non-profiit)
Friends of the Blue Ridge Parkway (excellent list of area links)
Friends of Great Smoky Mountains National Park
MAIN, Mountain Area Information Network - The Community Network of Western North Carolina
North Carolina Information and Resources (WCU Hunter Library--includes state, regional & local links)
Western North Carolina Green Building Council - Home
Western North Carolina Tomorrow
Western Carolina University
Western North Carolina Workforce Resource - Employment Resources

RS-Area Media

Asheville Citizen Times
Citizen Times, community news (includes some basic 2000 county demographics)
Attractions - Alarka, Bryson City, Cherokee, Fontana, Robbinsville, Whittier, NC
Carolina Country ("a guide to the NC countryside")
The Enterprise Mountaineer, Waynesville
Millions Spent on Area Development (article, 1/29/03)
Mountain Xpress / / Asheville, NC
MAIN, Mountain Area Information Network - The Community Network of Western North Carolina
Our State Magazine
Smoky Mountain News
The Sylva Herald: Community newspaper serving Sylva, Jackson County
    Smart Growth Initiative
WRGC 680 WRGC Radio, News links
WCQS 88.1: National Public Radio for Western North Carolina
WCU Western Carolinian
WCU, The Reporter (pdf format)
WCU Power 90.5 (Use MS Explorer)
WLOS Supercast, Asheville TV 13 WLOS Supercast
Working With the News Media (A Faculty Guide, from USC)




RS-Jackson County

Southwestern Community College - Sylva, NC
Today's Hits and Yesterday's Favorites
Town of Sylva, NC (basic)
Town of Sylva, NC (deluxe)
Sylva with Selected Links
Jackson County, North Carolina





RS-Western Carolina Univ

Western Carolina University - Office of the Chancellor
Belk Gallery
Career Services and Cooperative Education - News
Center for Regional Development
Community Character
Public Policy Institute Homepage
Public Policy Institute, Conference Report: "Planning for the New Economy" (2000)
Leadership Academy
Lectures, Concerts and Exhibitions
Mountain Heritage Center
Mountain Aquaculture Research Center
Official Athletic Site of Western Carolina Catamount Sports
Professional and Student Organizations
PR-Catamount Communications
University Planning - University Reports
University Policy on Use of Facilities
Volunteer Opportunities at WCU
WCU Local Government Training Program
WCU News & Publications
Visitor's Center
WCU Campus Master Plan (PDF)
WCU Capital Construction Home
WCU Alumni, Campus Newspaper, and more
WCU Directories



RS-College of Business

Resources for Friends and Supporters
SBTDC western office directions



RS-Other Resources & Examples Referenced at the Summit, I

Advanced Technology Development Center - ATDC
Berkeley Planning Journal: Volume 12 - Abstracts
CEOs for Cities | Through a glass darkly ($)
Georgia Tech::Economic Development Institute
Morrison Institute for Public Policy
MIT - Technology and Adult Learning (60 page PDF)
National Association of Development Organizations (NADO)
National Governors Association
NGA Center for Best Practices - Social, Economic, and Workforce Programs
NABE Publications
NABE - Regional Economic Devel 2000
Progressive Policy Institute: The New Economy
PPI: Unleashing the Potential of the High-Speed Internet by Robert D. Atkinson, Shane Ham, and Brian Newkirk
Southern Growth Policies Board
Southern Growth Policies Board - Tech & Innov
Southern Growth Policies Board - Innovation U.
U Mich - Leading a Univ in Times of Tech Change (4 pg PDF)
US Department of Labor
US DOL By Top 20 Requested Items
Welcome to Fast Company



RS-Other Resources & Examples Referenced at the Summit, II Books: The Silicon Valley Edge: A Habitat for Innovation and Entrepreneurship
Austin American-Statesman |
CEOs for Cities home > research > best practices > leveraging colleges & universities
Berkeley in San Jose Mercury News
Berkeley - The Urban and Regional Economy -- Good References
Berkeley - Regional Planning (better in PDF)
Berkeley - WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT (1999 article)
Fast Company, Survival Is Not Enough
Georgia Research Alliance
Georgia RA Tech Devel Ctrs
Georgia RA - About
Harvard Bus - Clusters & New Econ ($)
Harvard Bus - Innovative Enterprise ($)
Harvard Bus Rev - Communities of Creation ($)
MilkenInstitute.Org > Research > High-Tech Cluster Development
MilkenInstitute.Org > Publications > America's High-Tech Economy: Growth, Development and Risks for Metropolitan Areas
Stanford - Orgs and transfer of expertise (article, PDF)
SPSU (Georgia) - Extended Univ. - Yamacraw Continuing Education


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