Report finds strengths, challenges in United Way’s Collective Impact initiative

Research by the UNC Charlotte Urban Institute for United Way of Central Carolinas has found that almost 90 percent of at-risk Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools students who took part in programs from 14 local United Way-funded agencies over three or more years graduated from high school. The research also found that at-risk students served by UWCC-funded agencies […]

Cabarrus’ Lomax farm faces uncertain future

Back in the woods off N.C. 49, the winding blacktop ends beside a greenhouse. Thomas Gentry, a UNC Charlotte architecture professor, is watering tomatoes on a humid July afternoon. A man in a work truck creeps along the gravel drive. “The power back on?” he asks, pulling next to the greenhouse. Gentry nods. “Good.” It’s […]

Youth Services Catalog

As part of the 2009 youth needs assessment, the institute inventoried youth workforce development programs in Mecklenburg County. The resulting Youth Services Catalog includes all organizations that provide workforce development services for at-risk and disconnected youth in the Charlotte area. It contains a range of information on each program/organization, including basic contact information, whom it […]

Face-painting at Anne Springs Close Greenway in April 2010.

The allure of greenways, throughout the region

Contributor: Nancy Pierce Communities around the Charlotte region are building greenways for residents to use for walking, bicycling, hiking and even skating. The Carolina Thread Trail has played an important role in making these new pathways a growing transportation and recreation resource. The Foundation For The Carolinas helped initiate that project and The Catawba Lands Conservancy […]

Research Triangle West: Bringing knowledge production to the western Piedmont

In the early 1950s the not yet established Research Triangle Park (RTP) was pitched to Governor Luther Hodges as a cluster of “two medical schools, two engineering schools and a core of preeminent researchers in every field of science.” Hodges response: he called the presenter (a dean at NC State College) a “huckster.”[i] North Carolinians […]

Eagle Point Nature Preserve, Rowan County

Environment Gallery

Gallery of Cabarrus County photos

Photos: Nancy Pierce and courtesy of Charlotte Motor Speedway.