• John Locke Update

    Rocky Mount’s Ill-Advised Community Facility Breaks Ground

    posted March 16, 2017 by Julie Tisdale
    In 2012, Rocky Mount started discussing plans for a downtown event center.  The plans were controversial, with supporters adamant that the project would bring much-needed economic revitalization to the area,…
  • John Locke Update

    Major League Competition For Major League Soccer

    posted February 2, 2017 by Julie Tisdale
    Over the past couple of weeks, I’ve written a lot about Major League Soccer (MLS) and the competing bids from Charlotte and Raleigh-Durham for a franchise.  If it feels like…
  • Research Report

    Rocky Mount Event Center

    posted December 7, 2016 by Julie Tisdale
    In 2012, residents of Rocky Mount started hearing about plans for an event center. The city council was talking about a project that would spur downtown economic development and…
  • Research Report

    Direct Primary Care for Local Governments

    posted December 2, 2016 by Katherine Restrepo, Julie Tisdale
    Local governments across North Carolina, like other employers, are wrestling with the question of how to provide quality health care to their employees in a cost-effective manner. This is…
  • Research Report

    Forsyth County Bond Referenda

    posted November 3, 2016 by Julie Tisdale
    Forsyth County residents will be voting next week on a set of bond issues totaling $430 million. The largest one is $350 million for local schools, but there are two…
  • Research Report

    Wake County Recommends Transit Plan To Nowhere

    posted October 14, 2016 by Julie Tisdale
    On November 8, voters in Wake County will be presented with a ballot full of national, state, and local races. But they will also face a question that could cost them billions of dollars over the next decade.

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