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The Urban Investment Investment Strategies Center leads the way in learning how to turn distressed communities into globally competitive ones and preparing students in inner cities and beyond for success in a globally connected world.
The center's research and analysis helps community leaders understand the critical factors that will shape their future. Its initiatives translate that knowledge into model projects others can replicate to become competitive and prosperous.
“University of North Carolina professor Jim Johnson teaches business-school students, but his real mission is to build bridges.”
Chuck Salter“Hope and Dreams”Fast Company
Harrah’s Cherokee Casino in western North Carolina contributes more than $380 million to the local economy and has brought significant economic and social benefit to one of the state’s traditionally depressed regions.