We are just a few short days away from the 2020 General Election. 正如你所知道的, we have a full ballot to vote on this year from President to Senate to Congress to State Legislature to Local offices to ballot measures. The turnout in the Carolinas and in the country has been strong, but there is still time to vote early or on election day; election day is Tuesday, 11月3日. If you need any information on how to vote, please visit the North Carolina State Board of Elections 网站或 South Carolina Elections Commission 网站.
Access to Opportunity: Coursera Google IT Support Certificate Applicants to Participate Needed
The CLT Alliance Foundation is a partner and regional program administrator for the Coursera Workforce Recovery Initiative which includes access to certificates like the Google IT Support Professional Certificate. This is designed to train people without a college degree or provide re-skilling for in-demand information technology careers. The Coursera Certificate provides unemployed workers with access to free online learning. Deadline to enroll: October 31, 2020!
Mixed Economic Indicators While COVID-19 Cases Climb
Indicators through October show some reasons for optimism. Surveys through the Federal Bank of Richmond show positive business sentiment in the fifth district. 除了, there is a continued decline in initial and continued unemployment claims in North Carolina and South Carolina. 然而, October also showed rising numbers of COVID-19 cases in the region, 北美, 和欧洲. An additional wave of infections and restrictions will slow the economic recovery, and uncertainty around the trajectory of the virus and its impact on the economy persists in the fourth quarter. As we continue through this pandemic, the COVID-19 dashboard will provide context on how this crisis is affecting the Charlotte regional economy.
Closing the Technology Gap in Charlotte
The AvidXchange Foundation was created in 2005 to help elementary school children impacted by hurricane Katrina. The crisis that we face today is different, but still has a direct and lasting impact on the youth of our communities. 现在比以往任何时候, students are relying on technology to learn and continue their education during these unique times, which can be a challenge when 40 percent of U.S. students don’t have a reliable internet connection. Over the next three years AvidXchange will help put technology in the hands of those who need it most by distributing refurbished laptops with internet access to 5,000名学生, 使用16,000名学生 in Title I middle schools to provide STEAM curriculum and helping 8,000名学生 in Title I high schools development critical career skills.
CEO Action for Diversity & 包容
10月23日, PwC's Chairman Tim Ryan provided the keynote address for the second session of the Charlotte Regional Business Alliance’s Leadership Retreat Series 2020. Tim's powerful discussion focused on the importance of driving diversity and inclusion in the workplace today, and highlighted steps businesses can take, including joining the CEO Action for Diversity & 加入联盟. PwC has recently taken the step to publicly release their first diversity and inclusion transparency report. We will continue to support equality and parity of experience for all our people.
CLT Alliance Talks: Social Networks and Economic Mobility in Charlotte
Improving economic mobility in Charlotte has been top of mind for business and civic leaders lately. A 2014 Harvard study called attention to the region’s low ranking in respect to helping low-income kids move up the income ladder. New research from the Brookings Institution dives deeper into how social networks in Charlotte affect access to economic opportunity. 卡米尔Busette, Brookings Senior Fellow, 赛事总监, Prosperity and 包容 Initiative, and author of the report “How We Rise: How Social Networks in Charlotte Impact Economic Mobility,” discussed the report and its implications with Alliance SVP of Economic Research Chuck McShane.
Social Post of the Week
Round 3 of the “Open For Business” Small Business Innovation Fund is now open. The fund offers grants up to $40K to help businesses adapting to the new reality of COVID-19. 适用于今天!
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