“What issues facing rural North Carolina keep you up at night?”
I recently had the chance to ask a dozen leaders from across the state what the future might look like now that the COVID-19 pandemic has had such a profound impact on our state.
In more normal times, our EdNC.org team travels more than 60,000 miles annually throughout the state. We believe it is vitally important that we are out in communities building relationships, lifting up important stories, and identifying the trends that are shaping our present and will shape our future.
My colleague Mebane Rash always tells folks that our offices are in community colleges, schools, churches, and coffee shops across the state. And we are proud of that.
As COVID-19 limits our face-to-face interactions, I decided to hold a series of conversations online to better understand what is happening in communities across our state. Check out the highlights from these conversations below:
Interview participants were:
Dan St. Lewis, Executive Director, Manufacturing Solutions Center
Garrett Hinshaw, President, Catawba Valley Community College
Seth Saeugling, Co-Founder, Rural Opportunity Institute
Tabari Wallace, Principal, West Craven High School
Former Lt. Gov. Walter Dalton, President, Isothermal Community College
Anita Brown-Graham, Director, ncIMPACT Initiative
Inez Ribustello, Owner, On the Square and Tarboro Brewing Company
Jen Zuckerman, Director of Strategic Initiatives, World Food Policy Center
Pamela Senegal, President, Piedmont Community College
Lisa Chapman, President, Central Carolina Community College
Donnell Cannon, Principal, North Edgecombe High School
Robert Shackleford, President, Randolph Community College
Behind the Story
Nation Hahn conducted the interviews, and Carol Bono created the video.