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Monday, June 7, 2021 -- Approached correctly, and supported with significant federal and state relief funding, North Carolina can emerge from this pandemic with a healthy mix of businesses in all areas of our state. Let us suggest two broad areas of opportunity: public health and broadband technology.
Sunday, April 11, 2021 -- We must not move money from the pockets of rural people into those of Fortune 100 shareholders. Not-for-profit co-ops - and their members - should not be expected to subsidize broadband deployment costs, especially after more than $140 million in funding has been awarded to a for-profit cable provider for broadband expansion.
Wednesday, Aug. 26, 2020 -- The Rapid Recovery Loan Program is serving businesses at the margin of survival in these trying times but of importance to their communities -- and may not have been served by other federal and state programs. Of the approved Rapid Recovery loans, 64% have been made to historically underutilized businesses, which are primarily women- and minority-owned businesses, two groups that been disproportionately affected by the coronavirus pandemic. Additionally, 75% of the Rapid Recovery Loans administered so far have been to companies with fewer than 10 employees.
Sunday, Jan. 27, 2019 -- The idea of a clear divide between thriving North Carolina urban areas and struggling rural regions is wrong. We have undeniable gaps in education, broadband access, and medical care, but those challenges are all over the map. There are struggling cities and thriving small towns, along with a huge number of people living in loose suburbs that don't fit either category. We need less focus on divides and more focus on connections.