Emerging Issues Forum: Re CONNECTION to CommunityNorth Carolinians are stepping away from community life — from neighborhoods, from volunteer groups, from organizations — threatening our ability to solve major challenges and maintain economic competitiveness. ReCONNECT to Community explores this rise of disengagement and provides strategies to re-energize citizens, focusing on solutions that work. We will be highlighting community initiatives from across the state and sharing their innovative strategies to engage their residents and solve local challenges. We also acknowledge that some groups across the state have never felt connected to their community. How do we create access points or ‘civic on-ramps’ that include all residents?
WHEN: Monday, February 11, 2019
TIME: 9:00 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.
WHERE: Raleigh Marriott City Center
500 Fayetteville St, Raleigh, NC 27601
While there is a common and growing perception of a divide between rural and urban North Carolina, the truth is we are highly interconnected by people, place and prosperity. Join us as we explore new ways to define, celebrate and leverage these interconnections to build a more prosperous NC.
The ReCONNECT County Snapshot tool is designed to inspire community conversations and collaborations about sustaining and improving community connections. In addition to dashboard metrics, Snapshot includes a visualization to help communities “see” their strengths and challenges in each ReCONNECT NC focus area.
To ensure that the content presented at the statewide forum reflects the needs, ideas, and interests of the host region, IEI staff convened a series of meetings in Western North Carolina (WNC) in August 2018 to better understand the current state of civic engagement in the region and the barriers and opportunities to working together to solve key challenges.
The report highlights an extraordinary opportunity: to strengthen our communities, lift our statewide economy, and improve the bottom lines of businesses of every size by improving “civic health.” In authoring the report, the Institute for Emerging Issues (IEI) extends its tradition of helping North Carolinians identify consensus strategies for enhancing our future economic prosperity.