Economic Development Resources

Registration open for School of Government Training: “Rules of Procedure — Focused Session on Procedural Rules for Public Officials”

UNC School of Government faculty member Trey Allen will address this topic of abiding interest to local government officials. In this session, Allen will discuss rules of procedure for local government boards, paying special attention to common procedural problems.

This course will be in Asheville, NC at the WCU campus at Biltmore Park on November 9th.  Lunch is included in the cost of registration.

The course is designed for elected and appointed officials (including local government board members), city and county managers, attorneys, and city and county clerks.

Click here to view the course flyer and registration details


On Wednesday, August 23rd, IPDC staff participated in the Appalachian Regional Commission’s “Creating a Culture of Health in Appalachia – Disparities and Bright Spots” briefing call.  ARC’s research goes beyond the toll opioids are having on the Region to explore the vast array of health metrics in Appalachia including chronic diseases, mortality, mental health, and dozens of other health indicators.

Their research shows that the ARC region has a myriad of profound health challenges which are clearly impacting workforce and the Region’s ability to reach its full economic potential.  It also provides insight about future strategic investment approaches for the Commission and its partners.  Follow the links below for the briefing materials:

Key Findings — Creating a Culture of Health in Appalachia

Creating a Culture of Health in Appalachia — PPT

Appalachian Region Endures Dramatic Health Challenges Compared to Nation, New Research Shows — Press Release 8/24/2017


USDA Information

USDA Rural Development: 2016 Progress Report

EDA Information

EDA Public Works and Economic Adjustment Grants

EDA Technical Assistance Grants

EDA University Center Grants