A look back at ReCONNECT NC & 2020
With the help – and voices – of citizens throughout North Carolina, IEI launched a three-year initiative focused on reengaging the state called ReCONNECT NC. Throughout the past three years, IEI has hosted Emerging Issues Forums based on the specific needs that North Carolina residents and organizations identified.
Total number of ReCONNECT NC Forum Participants
ReCONNECT NC Community Cohort teams spanning 57 counties
ReCONNECT NC Community Cohort teams spanning 36 counties received external funding through IEI partners
Total Community Cohort workshop, training, planning, and contact hours
The number of experts to include members of Congress, legislators, the supreme court, prominent CEOs, nonprofit heads, education, and community leaders engaged with ReCONNECT NC in 2020
The Institute for Emerging Issues at NC State (IEI) in partnership with the Broadband Infrastructure Office at the NC Department of Information Technology, and with principal support from the John M. Belk Endowment, is addressing the digital divide across NC through a new program called “Building a New Digital Economy” (BAND-NC). BAND-NC has provided rapid-response community innovation mini-grants to communities across the state.
$5,000 “rapid response” community innovation grants in 39 counties
Funds raised to support BAND-NC working to make NC the most “digitally inclusive” state in the US
Through our First in Future podcast, we hosted a series of virtual conversations discussing the impacts of coronavirus (COVID-19).
Total viewership of our First in Future Zoomcast series
Millions of people reached through IEI social media accounts and initiatives
A few of our key external investors