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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 ECU’s 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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Christian Penister’s admiration for his childhood dentist and desire to provide care for the underserved led him to dentistry.
Mangrove forest study has takeaways for coastal communities
Partnership enables students to pursue passion for education in home communities
The Golden LEAF Foundation Board recently adopted a long-term strategic plan to serve as a roadmap for the next few years.
Piano festival brings students, guest artists to campus
A car crash changed the future for East Carolina University’s Dr. Pamela Reis — and the future of thousands of students, mothers and their babies.


Our next meeting is Thursday July 15th beginning at 6:00 PM at King Chicken Restaurant.
ECU’s Country Doctor Museum reopens, showcases rural health care during past pandemics
ECU criminal justice students provide fresh eyes on cold cases for SBI
On June 30, Governor Cooper announced Elkay Corporation will construct and equip a new distribution facility and create 20 new jobs.
Chancellor announces leadership appointments, ECU-branded academic health system
There were very minor changes with this morning’s update from the National Weather Service.
The 6pm update from the National Weather Service continues to shift the track of Elsa west.
Broadway lighting designer Howell Binkley’s posters, Tony nomination letters given to ECU


This morning’s update from the National Weather Service has shifted Elsa’s track slightly inland, and also provided more specifics in regards to timing and potential impacts.
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ECU-led research team receives UNC System grant for second consecutive year
Forecast details are starting to emerge, with the following expected for Beaufort County
The forecast for Tropical Storm Elsa has become a bit more clear this morning
North Carolina Agromedicine Institute recognized with national designation
Uptown Greenville and the City of Greenville is offering a variety of events and activities to recognize Juneteenth this year
Wastewater testing helped identify COVID-19 cases, prevent outbreaks


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