RALEIGH, N.C.– The SECU Foundation is announced its support for ReCONNECT NC, a program developed by the Institute of Emerging Issues (IEI) at NC State University. A $60,000 Capacity Building grant from the Foundation will assist IEI with implementation of the program in two northeastern North Carolina counties, Edgecombe and Pasquotank.
The $30,000 funding for each site will help cover operation and programmatic support as community leaders work together to focus on the project’s topic of reconnection – to explore the root causes of the disconnect North Carolinians are experiencing and identify solutions that will re-engage citizens with the community to restore civic health for the long term, the SECU Foundation said.
SECU Foundation Board Chair Bob Brinson presented ceremonial checks to program officials during special events held recently in Rocky Mount and Elizabeth City.
The Institute for Emerging Issues is a non-partisan public policy organization – a “think-and-do tank,” whose mission is to enhance the state’s long-term prosperity. IEI launched ReCONNECT NC in 2017 after reaching out to thousands of North Carolinians asking, “What’s the biggest issue facing our state over the next five years?” Their responses noted one common theme: people in North Carolina are feeling more disconnected than ever – from work, from civic institutions, from one another – and they want to do something about it.
ReCONNECT NC is a three-year forum series focused on reconnecting the state’s citizens in five diverse communities, with each working to address a specific challenge.
“The Institute of Emerging Issues has been working collaboratively with top leaders and organizations since 2002 to bring social and economic issues affecting North Carolina’s future to the forefront,” said Brinson. “We are no strangers to their pioneering work, having also partnered with them for several years to expand their Prize for Innovation competition for college students throughout the state. We are proud to offer our support for ReCONNECT NC – this program is a wonderful example of what can be accomplished when civic and business leaders come together with the local community to address major issues facing our state.”