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Northeast Mississippi: The State of the Region

Thu, 05/28/2015 - 10:11 -- tbrantley

WTVA-TV, Tupelo-Columbus, Miss (May 28, 2015)--A large crowd packed the BancorpSouth Conference Center, with the goal of improving Northeast Mississippi.

"We want to pull together as one Mississippi. Working together to create economic opportunities. More jobs better jobs and enable Mississippians to have a higher quality of life," said the CREATE Foundation's Commission Chairman, Glenn McCullough, Jr.

High Hopes for Made in Durham

Mon, 02/23/2015 - 21:13 -- tbrantley

Durham Herald-Sun (February 23, 2015) -- Made in Durham will begin with a focus on helping at-risk and disconnected youth, and will initially build on DPS’ growing partnerships in the Health and Life Sciences field. But if we all do our part, Made in Durham will grow and become the framework around which we can truly impact our communities and schools.

The Old Hurdle in the New South: Race, class divides persist despite economic recovery

Wed, 01/14/2015 - 18:45 -- tbrantley

The Baton Rouge Advocate (January 13, 2015)--The MDC report noted that national scholars studying these issues found that even in Raleigh-Durham, a boom town in North Carolina, children who grew up in low-income families fare poorly. Racial but also class divisions should be on the agenda of opportunity, not just the increase in building permits or technology companies. We cannot afford a failure to imagine a future of wider prosperity.

School Board Panel OKs Made in Durham Request

Tue, 01/13/2015 - 11:46 -- tbrantley

The Herald-Sun (January 12, 2015)--The nonprofit, made up of leading CEOs and educational leaders, would work to ensure Durham youth and young adults complete a post-secondary credential that would allow them to begin a career by the age of 25. It would initially focus on connecting youth and young adults to job and internship opportunities in the health and life-sciences industry.

Poverty Fight will be a Long Haul

Mon, 12/29/2014 - 10:32 -- tbrantley

The Durham News (December 29, 2014)--Made In Durham’s primary target is youths who have dropped out of school, been involved in the criminal justice system or are otherwise “disconnected” from mainstream paths from school into careers.

The program is about “creating job skills and getting people out of poverty,” said Victor Dzau, chairman of the Made in Durham board.

Lifting More Boats

Sat, 12/20/2014 - 10:39 -- tbrantley

The Durham Herald-Sun (December 20. 2014)--But is our economic success broadly shared? Many indicators would say not.  Our poverty rate remains stubbornly high – although still only half of that in the Rust Belt’s economically ravaged Cleveland and Detroit. Unemployment is widespread in lower socioeconomic groups.


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