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IEI Emerging Issues Forum: kidnomics

Raleigh, NC Feb 5 8:00 am - Feb 6 12:30 pm

Institute for Emerging Issues to hold 2018 Emerging Issues Forum in Raleigh, Feb. 5-6 on "kidnomics: Investing Early in our Future"


RALEIGH (November 2, 2017)—This week, the Institute for Emerging Issues (IEI) at NC
State University kicked off registration for what will be the largest convening of experts
and leaders in North Carolina around the issue of “kidonomics” – how early childhood
investments ultimately impact the state’s bottom line. The February 5-6, 2018 Emerging
Issues Forum, kidonomics: Investing Early in Our Future,” will convene national experts
and local practitioners to provide “hand-on” information and tools to help design,
implement and fund local community childhood initiatives.“Our last convening examined the connections between early childhood investments, North
Carolina’s economy, and the development of a well-trained workforce,” said IEI Director
Leslie Boney. “We’re seeing bipartisan agreement that these investments can make a big
difference. But the work of early childhood is local and face-to-face. Our communities need
to know how to connect with the right organizations, access practical tools, and tap into
new and existing funding streams. Working with partners, we want to help connect the
dots, to provide these valuable resources.”The two-day Forum opens on February 5, 2018 at the Raleigh Convention Center, where
attendees will network with leaders and learners from every North Carolina sector, region
and perspective, and hear from leading national and local experts in business, early
childhood, economic development, education, finance and government.
On February 6, 2018 – Day Two of the Forum – IEI will focus on strengthening the ability of
local leaders to build the early childhood systems that North Carolina needs. Participants
will attend a series of workshops on the “nuts and bolts of local early childhood
development work,” and receive the training framework needed for leaders to implement
strategies identified on Day One.
"Talent production and attraction is the single biggest factor in determining a community’s
economic success. Because of our early childhood system deficits, we will soon face a
challenge of epic proportions in our ability to produce the future talent that we need," said
IEI Economic Policy Manger Donnie Charleston. "In February, the Emerging Issues Forumwill take this issue head on and ask the hard questions: how do we pay for it and exactly
what should we be paying for?”
As with every Forum, attendees collaborate to identify critical action items that can be
implemented to enhance North Carolina’s economic competiveness and prosperity.
Following each Forum, IEI works across North Carolina to assist leaders at all levels as they
implement Forum priorities in their industries, businesses and communities.
IEI invites North Carolina educators, legislators and leaders from business, early childhood
and education, economic development, faith community, government, nonprofit, and the
workforce development sectors to join them next February in Raleigh, to connect with
experts and visionaries around this critical issue.
Forum speakers and session topics will include:
  - The Role of Social Impact Bonds
  - Enhancing Local Philanthropy
  - Federal Support for Early Childhood
  - Communication and Engagement
  - Program Selection and Implementation
  - Working Effectively Across Organizations
  - Building Public Will to Finance Early Learning
Forum speakers to be announced.
Registration is currently open for the February 5-6, 2018 Emerging Issues Forum.