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East Carolina University Program Responds To Regional Entrepreneurial Needs

With a focus on innovation, local businesses and industry are giving unique opportunities to East Carolina University students and getting back quality and talent in return as part of the Rural Innovations Strengthening Eastern-29 Counties Program, known more simply as RISE29. The 29 counties in the title refers to the eastern North Carolina region primarily served by ECU. Formed out of ECUís Miller School of Entrepreneurship, one of the program hallmarks is that the internships come from almost every academic discipline at the university.

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Education Centers Help Halifax Community College Reach Rural Students Where They Are

As part of the Golden LEAF Community-Based Grants Initiative, the NC Rural Center worked with approximately 30 entities interested in the economic advancement of Halifax County to develop a strategy to address workforce shortfalls. The end result of this collaboration was a proposal to open three Community Education Centers to be managed by the community college. Halifax Community College (HCC) was awarded $582,000 in April 2019 to implement this strategy.

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Golden LEAF Scholars Perspective: Virtual Leadership Program Conference

On Saturday, January 23rd, more than 250 Golden LEAF Scholarship recipients attended a virtual conference to build their leadership knowledge and skills. The Golden LEAF Scholars Leadership Program conference is typically held in person over two and half days; however, due to the pandemic, the conference was scaled back to core leadership training skills and transitioned to a virtual format. Golden LEAF President, Chief Executive Officer Scott T. Hamilton welcomed the scholars, attended the third-year conference session, and closed out the day.

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Golden LEAF Scholarship Alumni Spotlight: Daniel Hartness

Meet Golden LEAF Scholarship Alumnus Daniel Hartness. He is a graduate of Western Carolina University and a native of Cherokee County. Hartness currently resides in Jackson County where he manages his own digital marketing company.

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Latest The Region

A fascination with astronomy and the mysteries of the universe pushed Noah MacKay far beyond stargazing.
In honor of brother with cerebral palsy, alumnus creates scholarship for disabled students
Youth Awardees are selected for their leadership in the classroom and community and will receive grants for their education, or to fund an idea or community project
Honors College builds ECU Community School partnership through art, service
ECU researcher studies risks of lung injury from e-cigarette flavoring compound
Periods of rain, combined with saturated soils and rivers/tributaries already in flood stage, will result in additional river rises and flooding through late Friday.
Our office is currently monitoring an approaching weather system that has the potential to bring periods of heavy rain and localized flash flooding to our area.


ECUís Digital Market gives researchers opportunity to share innovations
Derek Miller has been named director of football player personnel and recruiting at East Carolina University according to an announcement from head coach Mike Houston on Monday.
Make Plans to Reboot PirateFest 2022 April 8th & 9th in Uptown Greenville
Today, the Golden LEAF Board of Directors awarded $2,099,350 for workforce training and infrastructure projects to support economic growth in rural areas of the state.


New Mini Purple Pantry, Emergency Fund help ECU students during pandemic
Uptown Greenville is hosting a month-long takeout campaign during the month of February encouraging the public to order takeout from Uptown Restaurants.
ECU selects Barnes & Noble College to operate university bookstores
Snowfall amounts from a dusting to five inches were reported across North Carolina this morning, leaving hazardous road conditions in some northern areas with greater snow accumulations.
ECU announces new fund to support COVID-19 research and relief efforts
Saliva testing will begin in February for ECU students, faculty and staff


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