Connecting in Crisis: COVID-19

Digital Inclusion Information  |   Helpful Resources   |   Community Stories   |   Federal and State Policy News   |   NC State Response


As we all continue to find unique ways to move our work forward during the unprecedented circumstances surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic, the Institute for Emerging Issues acknowledges that health and well-being is the top priority. 

We understand the concerns and uncertainty North Carolinians and people across the world may be experiencing right now and we want to do our part to help with the information gathering and sharing. This webpage will showcase some of the great work that is happening across our state and within our communities. 

Each Thursday, Leslie Boney, Director of the Institute for Emerging Issues, hosts a series of virtual conversations discussing the impacts of coronavirus (COVID-19) and some of the ways our state is responding. As we begin to reopen the economy, we start a series called Jumpstarting NC. Each week we’ll be talking with those responsible for jumpstarting critical parts of North Carolina.

Special thank you to our current sponsor of the First in Future: Jumpstarting NC series  

Tony McLean Brown 

Director of Strategic Investments at Public Consulting Group, Inc. (PCG)
IEI National Advisory Board Member
NC State Class of 1983

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Jumpstarting Tourism: Bill Cecil (President and CEO of Biltmore Estate), Duarte Morais (Associate Professor of Equitable and Sustainable Tourism at NC State University), Wit Tuttell (Executive Director of Visit NC) and Jeff Eidson (Explore Elkin)
Watch Zoom Video or Listen via Podcast

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See more First in Future episodes


Digital Inclusion Information

As an extension of our work on the ReCONNECT to Technological Opportunity Emerging Issues Forum and in response to COVID-19, IEI is creating a digital inclusion resource hub. This resource hub will provide the latest digital inclusion news and will highlight resources, promising practices, policy, and community responses to the digital divide in the wake of COVID-19.


Helpful Resources



Community Stories


Federal and State Policy News

Read more policy news


NC State University Response


Official Guidance