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Special ncIMPACT Town Hall in Shelby Premieres Thursday, January 30, at 7 PM

RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, NC, 1/27/2020 — UNC-TV Public Media North Carolina, in partnership with the UNC School of Government and sponsorship by Civic Federal Credit Union, premieres the second season of ncIMPACT, Thursday, February 6, at 8 PM, on the UNC-TV PBS & More channel.

The new season returns with a fresh approach highlighting real stories about the challenges faced and creatively met by innovative changemakers. ncIMPACT ventures out all across the state, discovering firsthand stories from North Carolinians working to generate positive outcomes in and for their communities. By sharing their stories, host Anita Brown-Graham and team amplify their impact, inspiring opportunities to replicate their strategies and successes in other parts of the state.

ncIMPACT also hosts special town halls with several communities. In the first of the new season, ncIMPACT Town Hall: Shelby, premiering Thursday, January 30, at 7 PM, Brown-Graham and a panel of local leaders explore ways to construct North Carolina’s creative placemaking economy by leveraging cultural resources to provide an economic boost.

The following Thursday, February 6, at 8 PM, season two of ncIMPACT’s weekly series premieres with Brown-Graham examining the misuse of opioids among pregnant North Carolinians and what a Cabarrus County health alliance is doing to mitigate the crisis. From there, on February 13, the team sees how a Lee County program helps the local government better engage with foreign-born residents and encourages their civic participation and leadership. The February 20 episode focuses on strategies in Craven County that support military veterans as they transition into the civilian workforce. ncIMPACT’s month wraps up, on February 27, by exploring Durham County efforts to help residents with a conviction overcome barriers when looking for a job and housing.

More new episodes continue Thursday nights, at 8, throughout the spring as ncIMPACT crosses the state covering other topics such as entrepreneurial farming opportunities for young people, ways to reduce home energy costs, addressing health disparities through barbershops, affordable teacher housing, scalable solutions for local employers and job seekers, bridging digital divides through rural and urban broadband access and adoption and community-driven housing, education and wellness solutions.

Beyond the series’ over-the-air broadcasts, ncIMPACT is also accessible any time online at The site features individual episodes, segments and web extras to complement the series. Additionally, each week, team members from the UNC School of Government’s ncIMPACT Initiative convene a Twitter chat @ncimpactsog with viewers about issues addressed in that week’s episode. Twitter chats will be held on Fridays following the episodes at 11 AM.

About Anita Brown-Graham
Anita Brown-Graham launched the UNC School of Government’s ncIMPACT initiative in 2016; she still leads the program, which was designed to expand the School of Government’s capacity to work with public officials on complex policy issues. In that time, Brown-Graham and her colleagues have devised programs to support communities working on economic mobility, poverty, the expansion of prekindergarten, extending the labor pool and mitigating opioid misuse. Previously, Brown-Graham served as director of the Institute for Emerging Issues (IEI) at North Carolina State University, leading IEI’s efforts to increase the state’s capacity for economic development and prosperity. She also served on the UNC School of Government faculty from 1994 to 2006, where she specialized in governmental liability and community economic development aimed at revitalizing communities. Brown-Graham began her career as a law clerk in the Eastern District of California. She is a William C. Friday Fellow, American Marshall Fellow and Eisenhower Fellow. In 2013, the White House named her a Champion of Change for her work at IEI and the Triangle Business Journal named her a 2014 Woman in Business for her policy leadership in the state and a 2017 CEO of the year. Brown-Graham serves on the boards of several organizations. She earned an undergraduate degree from Louisiana State University and a law degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

About the UNC School of Government
The mission of the School of Government is to improve the lives of North Carolinians by engaging in practical scholarship that helps public officials and citizens understand and improve state and local government. As the largest university-based local government training, advisory and research organization in the United States, the School of Government serves more than 12,000 public officials each year. Established in 1931 as the Institute of Government, the School of Government provides educational, advisory and research services for state and local governments. The School of Government is also home to specialized centers focused on information technology and environmental finance. Learn more at

About Civic Federal Credit Union
Civic Federal Credit Union serves the employees who regularly work in local government in North Carolina, including municipal corporate and other legal entities. Civic's mission is to help improve the lives of members like you and to invest into the community you work so hard for. For more information, visit

About UNC-TV Public Media North Carolina
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