Coates Fall 2009/Winter 2010

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K na p p - S a n d e R S Bu i l d i n g Ca m p u S B ox 3330 C h a p e l h i l l , n C 27599-3330 w w w . s o g . u n c . e d u Printed on Recycled Paper n The Town of Columbia has established a business support grant program with regional nonprofit Partnership for the Sounds, which aims to stimulate sustainable, community-driven economic growth within the Albemarle-Pamlico region. Through this partnership, the town has increased the number of businesses in its downtown busi- ness district and built a downtown boardwalk, a visitors' center, and a 4-H environment education center. n The City of Greenville, in partnership with the Greenville Utilities Commission, has established the Minority and/or Women Business Enterprise (M/WBE), designed to increase the participation of minority-owned firms in procurement and contracting with the city and the utilities commission. Plans are underway for a business incubator that will include support from the Pitt County Community College Small Business Center and technical support from attor- neys, CPAs, and financial planners. n Mac McCarley, Charlotte city attorney, was elected president of the International Municipal Lawyers Association (IMLA), a non- profit organization of more than 3,000 local government entities. McCarley is a past president of the North Carolina Municipal Attorneys Association. He serves as chair of the School of Government Foundation Board and recently chaired the David M. Lawrence Distinguished Professorship Campaign. n The Town of Black Mountain promotes healthy eating through its community garden initiative. Two of its gardens are located at ele- mentary schools, where children and adults grow fresh produce and learn about healthy food preparation. In addition, the town's Parks and Recreation Department ensures that healthy food options are available at all of its events. Half of the community garden plots are dedicated to the "Plant a Row for the Hungry" initiative, and the food is donated to local nonprofits that support families in need. Submit news om your community for the next issue of Coates Connection to Faith M. ompson at fmthomps@sog.unc.edu or 919.962.8477. & NeWS NoteS N O R T H C A R O L I N A t h e u n i v e r s i t y of n o r t h c a r o l i n a at c h a p e l h i l l Nonprofit Org. US Postage PAID Permit 216 Chapel Hill NC

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