Stories

South Carolina

  • Staffing Changes and a Shifting Terrain

    In the aftermath of a terribly disorienting week, I have spent some time thinking about the things that give me strength. I keep returning to a set of values held by the committed board and staff at the Foundation: equity and inclusion, democracy, justice and respect for all voices, to name a few.

    I believe today it is even more important that we work from these values, live by these...

  • Supporting the Real Job Creators

    It’s a common economic development strategy in the South: State policymakers offer deep tax incentives and relocation subsidies to lure big corporations from elsewhere, a tactic sometimes called “smokestack chasing.” New evidence, however, suggests supporting in-state startups and existing local companies is a far more effective strategy for creating jobs and building strong economies. In “...

  • Reflections on the South: Possibilities in a Shifting Context

    A friend of mine often says change is inevitable, but the real trick is figuring out how to influence that change to achieve meaningful results.

    Any thoughtful observer of the South recognizes the region is undergoing serious changes. Major shifts in demographics, changes in urban and rural geographies, uneven economic opportunities and new obstacles to the voting booth present real...