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Op-Ed: Why I Returned to Rural North Carolina

Shayla Douglas reflects on her decision to serve rural North Carolina through the UNC School of Government’s program, Lead for North Carolina in The Richmond Observer.  “Go to school and make a life outside of Richmond County, there’s nothing here.” This … Continued

Shayla Douglas with Pembroke Town Manager

Pembroke Town Council Welcomes LFNC Fellow

The Pembroke Town Council met University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill graduate Shayla Douglas, a Lead for North Carolina fellow, who will spend at least a year in Pembroke. Lead for North Carolina is a pilot program for the … Continued

Spindale welcomes Lead for North Carolina Fellow Walker

Lead for North Carolina Fellow Walker Harrison is excited to have the opportunity to serve the Spindale community and make connections with a town that was not just a dot on the map. UNC-Chapel Hill graduate Walker Harrison was recently … Continued

‘Spirit of public service’ alive in Wilson’s new hire

While Dante Pittman envisioned eventually returning to Wilson, he admits a local government job wasn’t on his radar. The University of North Carolina graduate was working as a state attorney general’s aide when he learned about Lead for North Carolina … Continued

Shallotte intern cuts her teeth in local government

Shallotte’s most recent addition to its governmental organization is no stranger to the area. As a matter of fact, during one of many visits to her grandmother’s Ocean Isle beach home, she lost her first tooth. The memory is one … Continued

Program puts college grads in Henderson, other local governments

The city of Hendersonville is participating in a UNC School of Government fellowship program designed to to introduce recent college graduates to employment with local government. Through the program, Lead for North Carolina, and with the help of a $500,000 … Continued

Scott serves town through fellowship

Truthfully, you never know what you’re going to get in Edenton and Chowan County. The people are an eclectic blend, which makes this series of stories as fascinating as exploring new worlds. Saoirse Littlebear Scott – she’s the new girl … Continued

Inaugural LFNC Cohort Begins with Summer Institute

The Lead for North Carolina (LFNC) inaugural fellowship program began Friday, June 21, with 16 Fellows who have volunteered to work in local governments across the state for two years. These Fellows are graduates from 10 different North Carolina universities. … Continued

UNC Launches Lead for North Carolina

“SECU Foundation’s investment in Lead for North Carolina will help attract young people to local government as a career and encourage college graduates to work in their hometowns or in distressed communities,” said Mike Smith, dean of the School of … Continued

State Employees’ Credit Union Invests in Developing Local Government Workforce Through UNC School of Government Training

In March 2019, State Employees’ Credit Union (SECU) Foundation and the UNC School of Government announced the expansion of Lead for North Carolina, an effort to train and place young graduates in local governments across North Carolina. Made possible by … Continued

Together with Partners, School of Government Launches Lead for North Carolina

Earlier this year, together with strategic partners including the N.C. League of Municipalities, the N.C. Association of County Commissioners, and the N.C. City and County Management Association, the School of Government launched Lead for North Carolina. The goal of this … Continued

A Carolina graduate is making government jobs cool again

When Joe Nail was an undergraduate student at Carolina, he made a list of the 25 most significant challenges facing the world in the 21st century, ranging from rising sea levels to a widespread distrust in government. He couldn’t solve … Continued