County Impact Launches Online Video JOBS Camapign for Northeastern, NC, VIDEOS BELOW:

County Impact is launching it’s online Video JOBS Campaign for Northeastern North Carolina. If you live in the region we need your voice to be heard. Click on the “My Story Video Submission” link and follow the instructions. All I need is a minute or less of your time to help me launch a campaign for jobs for northeastern, North Carolina. Please SUBSCRIBE. LIKE. AND SHARE.



County Impact Founder Response to Governor Pat McCrory’s State of the State Address

In an earlier blog message today I mentioned being intentional about listening to Governor Pat McCrory’s State of the State address. Embedded within the message he gave was the influence SB4 would have on the economy in northeastern North Carolina; the Senate passed SB4, which impacts federal unemployment benefits. It is understood that cutting unemployment benefits from reportedly about 10,000 NC residents around July 1, 2013, also cuts needed revenue to communities-families and small businesses.

As a formerly elected official, I understand the gut-wrenching¬† rituals that take place when a tough decision has to be made. Nonetheless, good decision making should not happen in a vacuum. “Abrupt legislation” – my definition of the introduction and passage of legislation that impacts the lives of those least likely and able to adapt and recover in a time frame that does not threaten their ability to adjust or “rework” survival. So, I believe “abrupt legislation” is what took place with the passage of SB4, leaving¬† already stretched and resource stressed NGO’s, community-based organizations and faith-based institutions, scrambling as interveners in the lives of those they already serve.

I do, however, applaud the Governor for commenting on the need to serve all of North Carolina. His first steps to bridge the poverty of the northeast with hope and potential as has been experienced across the state, is a building process the northeast takes delight in its presentation and participation. It is now time, as stated in an earlier blog, for sleeves to be rolled and commitments to be made to northeastern North Carolina. If such an intent is not intentional, then the northeast will continue to be a region that simply has the pleasure of peeking through a silhouette of what could happen if someone simply cared enough to cast more than a shadow of hope.


President’s State of the Union Address Hopeful for Eastern North Carolina

The President highlighted a number of potential economic opportunities for eastern/northeastern North Carolina in his State of the Union Address on Tuesday, February, 12, 2013. Elected officials at the local, state and national level have an opportunity to form a coalition of supporters to help urge leaders to move forward. The President talked about Youngstown, Ohio and the success of the Manufacturing Innovation Institute and his proposal to establish 3 additional with a network of 15 hubs. High quality preschool available to all and a living wage were also on the topic; all of which would impact local communities in rural North Carolina.

Being informed and understanding the issues that impact you, your family and community are important.¬† The power to bring about change begins when you understand everyone can make a difference. If you are employed, but underemployed, or if you are unemployed, you have an opportunity to help bring needed commerce, regulatory and systemic changes to rural North Carolina. Listen to the President’s address and listen closely to the topics that have potential in rural North Carolina. Call your local, state and national leaders in support of the six key topics from the President’s address listed in the article below.

The full length of the State of the Union Address is in the clip at the top of this article.