Innovation is the modern economy’s fuel. To encourage innovation capacity growth, the Institute for Emerging Issues and nine other statewide Partners have launched InnovateNC, an intensive two-year, cross-city learning collaborative supporting five North Carolina communities — Asheville, Greensboro, Pembroke, Wilson, Wilmington and the Carolina Coast—as they expand their innovation economies. The initiative also will publicly disseminate products, processes, and tools for use by other communities interested in the same goal.


Greensboro Mayor Nancy Vaughan

“The City of Greensboro is proud to participate in this initiative, which will enable us to leverage our community’s diverse and creative talents,” says Greensboro Mayor Nancy Vaughan. “We value public-private collaborations that tackle economic and community issues, and are committed to funding our share of ‘Creating a Culture of Inclusive Innovation.”