North Carolina Rising

North Carolina Rising

This compilation of highlights from the 12-part North Carolina Now series spotlights success stories of jobs and stability throughout rural North Carolina.

North Carolina Rising examines the successful revitalization of rural communities in North Carolina. This multi-faceted project includes a series of monthly reports, highlighting various economic development projects across the state as well as numerous online resources.



golden leafThis project is funded by the Golden LEAF Foundation, a nonprofit corporation created in 1999 to receive one-half of the funds coming to North Carolina from a master settlement agreement with cigarette manufacturers. In turn, the Foundation is helping North Carolinians make the transition from a tobacco-dependent economy through grants and investments that will positively affect the long-term economic advancement of the state. Golden LEAF gives priority in its grantmaking to tobacco-dependent and economically distressed counties.