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What is the single biggest challenge or opportunity North Carolina should work on to shape our state’s long-term economic prosperity? We are really excited that IEI is seeking ideas from the public to help determine what the next big issue is North Carolina needs to tackle. The winning idea will be the headliner for an upcoming Emerging Issues Forum. The #NCBigIdea Challenge kicks off a 5-week open submission process. Big ideas can be submitted via Twitter using #NCBigIdea, or the online submission form available at The deadline for submission is July 31, 2017 at 11:59 p.m.

The Urban Institute, in collaboration with Policies for Action (P4A), a signature research program of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, is hosting a forum to share P4A’s latest findings on early education’s lasting impacts on health and well-being and learn from policymakers designing and implementing programs at the city and state levels. The forum is on Wednesday, July 12, 2017, 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m., in DC. REGISTER HERE

School nutrition managers from across the state have the opportunity to participate in regional K-12 Culinary Institute workshops this summer. The institute, designed to increase the availability of fresh, appealing, nutritious meals at school, is funded in part by a training grant the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction (NCDPI) School Nutrition Services received from the U.S. Department of Agriculture.The workshops run from June 27 – Aug. 10. Local education agencies hosting the regional workshops this summer are: Alamance-Burlington Schools, Asheville City Schools, Avery County Schools, Bertie County Schools, Cabarrus County Schools, Chatham County Schools, Franklin County Schools, Haywood County Schools, Hoke County Schools, Johnston County Schools, Mooresville Graded School District, New Hanover County Schools, Onslow County Schools, Pitt County Schools, Sampson County Schools, Union County Schools, and Wilkes County Schools. Questions regarding the North Carolina K-12 Culinary Institute may be directed to NCDPI School Nutrition Services School Nutrition Specialist Tracey Bates or 919.696.7207.

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George Barilich

George “Nate” Barilich is an English and film teacher at Enloe Magnet High School in Raleigh. He also serves as director of Enloe Charity Ball leading high school students in local philanthropy. He is a graduate of North Carolina State University, a North Carolina Teaching Fellow, and a member of the inaugural class of Jamie Kirk Hahn Foundation Fellows. Nate currently serves as an Executive Fellow at EducationNC. Raised in Onslow County, Nate loves all things Eastern North Carolina: salt water, oysters, and vinegar BBQ.

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