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  • Gallery of Anson County photos | UNC Charlotte Urban Institute | UNC Charlotte
    Resources About us Gallery of Anson County photos View the full image Anson County Courthouse in Wadesboro View the full image Little Building circa 1905 in historic downtown Wadesboro View the full image Produce and ice cream stand on U S 74 View the full image Fresh produce at Peaches n Cream click on the photo above to toggle the caption Photos by Nancy Pierce Alerts Jobs Make a Gift

    Original URL path: http://ui.uncc.edu/gallery/anson (2016-02-18)
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  • Search | UNC Charlotte Urban Institute | UNC Charlotte
    Resources About us Home Contact Us Main menu Home Our region Regional data Issues Articles Programs Resources About us Search Alerts Jobs Make a Gift Maps Directions Text Only Accessibility The University of North Carolina at Charlotte 9201 University City

    Original URL path: http://ui.uncc.edu/my_search/google?my_gcs=Anson%20County (2016-02-18)
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  • Anson County: An introduction | UNC Charlotte Urban Institute | UNC Charlotte
    diversification beyond cotton In the mid 20th c extension agents encouraged farmers to plant peach orchards on old cotton fields Dotted with former railroad and farming villages that waxed and waned with changing times the county remains rural The principal products are gravel and timber with much of the dramatic topography of ridges and rivers covered in forests Anson today Like much of the Carolina Piedmont Anson County s beauty reveals itself in subtle and unexpected ways Driving along a back road in the northern part of the county in October you re suddenly aware of the sight of white cotton fields just before harvest set against a backdrop of hardwood trees showing their first signs of fall color Or heading north along Highway 109 around dusk you re surprised to see a stunning red sunset reflecting on the waters of the Pee Dee River in one of its few eastward turns as the river flows south on its way to the Atlantic Ocean Anson County owes much of its beauty to the fact that it has remained a largely agricultural county with its rural landscapes untouched by the sprawling growth that has enveloped other parts of the Charlotte region And yet this lack of growth has also perpetuated a host of economic and social challenges that have caused concern in the county for years Economically Anson s unemployment rate has consistently registered two to three points higher than the regional average while per capita income has measured lower Post secondary educational attainment for Anson s citizens is nearly half that of the region while poverty rates have remained high Underlying all of these figures are social disparities based on race mirroring such data from throughout America but with greater consequences for Anson with nearly half its population African American by far the largest percentage in the Charlotte region Anson s problems are similar to those faced by other rural counties throughout the South where traditional manufacturing has been in decline and local agriculture has struggled to adapt to mechanization and competition from external markets What makes Anson s situation different however is its location near one of America s most dynamic and fastest growing metro areas where one would expect to see some positive economic spill over however small While such an effect has been at best minimal it is Anson s proximity to Charlotte that nonetheless provides the county s best hope for future economic renewal Anson s challenge is to find the right mix of economic activities where it is uniquely positioned to succeed in order to establish a meaningful role for itself within the increasingly interconnected Charlotte economy One place for local leaders to start is by rediscovering Anson s rich agricultural heritage and its tradition of progressive change Because of the decline in agricultural jobs during the 20 th century resulting from mechanization and the emergence of a national food economy few communities still make agriculture the centerpiece of their economic development strategy Yet today

    Original URL path: http://ui.uncc.edu/background/Anson (2016-02-18)
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  • Jacob Schmidt | UNC Charlotte Urban Institute | UNC Charlotte
    development education impacts on professional sports and education performance He worked for software firm Azavea in Philadelphia where he helped to create a tool focused on crowdsourced mapping the urban forest called OpenTreeMap He helped launch a home development company in Minneapolis called Envinsulate where he developed tools to target neighborhoods that met company criteria He is a research assistant at the UNC Charlotte Urban Institute Education B A in Geography at Brigham Young University Expertise Articles How prevalent is multifamily throughout the Charlotte region Dec 14 2015 An old planners joke is that Americans hate two things for cities urban sprawl and high density PlanCharlotte examined where in this metro region multifamily is and where it isn t Some communities want more multifamily Others discourage it Mapping Latino in the Charlotte region Oct 22 2015 The term Latino like Hispanic covers many different countries and cultures The UNC Charlotte Urban Institute decided to map the home countries of the Charlotte region s foreign born Latino immigrants Charlotte s goal is to mix uses but change is slow on the ground Sep 29 2015 Like many cities Charlotte aims to encourage mixed use development after decades of conventional zoning practices

    Original URL path: http://ui.uncc.edu/node/9664 (2016-02-18)
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  • Mapping ‘Latino’ in the Charlotte region | UNC Charlotte Urban Institute | UNC Charlotte
    region click on static image below to go to interactive tree map To use the tree map start with the green map of the whole region Different shades of green show the different concentrations of foreign born Latino residents in each of the 14 counties Click on the green map and it splits into four blue maps of Spanish speaking regions Again the different shades of blue show different population concentrations Click on three of the four blue maps and a set of orange maps appears showing the population concentrations from specific countries in each of the three regions They show for example that Mecklenburg Rowan and Iredell counties have the highest concentrations of residents from El Salvador Why is Mexico a separate map Such a high preponderance of foreign born Latino residents in the region are from Mexico that including Mexico with other countries in the maps would throw off the color scale As the maps help illustrate the term Latino generally understood to refer to countries in Latin America applies to people from many different countries The countries may share a common language Spanish generally although the language of the Latin American nation of Brazil is Portuguese but have different histories culture and traditions The term Hispanic is generally understood to mean from a Spanish speaking country and thus includes Spain as well as Spanish speaking Latin American countries This 2009 report from the Pew Research Center explains more about Hispanic vs Latino and how the Census Bureau defines the terms Related articles Mapping the Charlotte region s international community Sep 08 2015 Moving to Charlotte You re not alone Dec 05 2014 No small house trend in region houses keep growing Oct 22 2014 Has Charlotte metro income really declined Sep 24 2014 Data Day 2014 Focus

    Original URL path: http://ui.uncc.edu/story/latino-population-nc-sc-charlotte-region-acs (2016-02-18)
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  • Report finds strengths, challenges in United Way’s Collective Impact initiative | UNC Charlotte Urban Institute | UNC Charlotte
    Institute analysis found that 85 1 percent of at risk students served by United Way agencies for one to two years graduated Students who were served for three to four years had an 89 2 percent graduation rate Students served for five or more years had a 91 6 percent graduation rate After studying the findings from year two UWCC decided to focus on attendance particularly chronic absenteeism missing 10 percent or more of the school year as a way to address the graduation rate Research nationally has documented relationships between poor attendance and academic performance on time promotion and high school graduation The Urban Institute analysis of this relationship was consistent with national findings The 2012 13 proficiency rate for chronically absent students in reading was 14 percent compared to 27 percent for those who were not chronically absent The difference was even starker in math with a 9 percent proficiency rate for chronically absent students compared to a of 25 percent proficiency rate for students who were not chronically absent To bring attention to the importance of school attendance UWCC promoted September s Attendance Awareness Month locally Even missing just two days per month will add to chronic absence and hurts academic outcomes The United Way s Collective Impact Initiative sets a common agenda for the participating agencies sets up a shared measurement system provides mutually reinforcing activities and encourages regular communication among the participants The aim is to help participating agencies work together and more effectively toward a common goal The UNC Charlotte Urban Institute partners with United Way by working with the agencies to improve data collection and then managing the data matching it to CMS records and analyzing the data for each agency Related articles Institute study finds positives for McPIE initiative Oct 01 2015

    Original URL path: http://ui.uncc.edu/story/united-way-collective-impact-report-graduation-attendance-cms (2016-02-18)
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  • Diane Gavarkavich | UNC Charlotte Urban Institute | UNC Charlotte
    ISC Community Database She also works on grant and proposal writing childhood obesity research and building the ISC Community Database Prior to graduate school Diane was an algebra teacher in Charlotte Mecklenburg Schools Education Diane holds her Master of Public Health in Health Behavior from UNC Chapel Hill graduate certificates in Middle Grade Mathematics from UNC Charlotte and Nonprofit Management from UNC Chapel Hill and her bachelor s from Vanderbilt University with a double major in Human and Organizational Development and Medicine Health and Society Expertise Diane has five plus years of experience in program evaluation and applied research focusing on public health and education issues Articles Institute study finds positives for McPIE initiative Oct 01 2015 A year long institute study of a McClintock Middle School public private partnership known as McPIE found a higher proportion of the students taking part in the group s activities passed eighth and ninth grade Common Core math and science exams and they averaged fewer days absent Report finds strengths challenges in United Way s Collective Impact initiative Sep 30 2015 Research by the UNC Charlotte Urban Institute for United Way of Central Carolinas found almost 90 percent of at risk CMS students who took part in programs from 14 United Way funded agencies over three or more years graduated from high school Addressing the opportunity gap for Charlotte s children May 14 2015 Large trends income inequality increasing economic segregation are making it hard for people in poverty to realize the American Dream by working hard and climbing the ladder In a Q A interview civic engagement expert Robert Putnam discusses the effect on children Building an environment for better health Event April 8 Mar 30 2015 Depending on how they re built our communities can make us lean strong and happy

    Original URL path: http://ui.uncc.edu/node/9660 (2016-02-18)
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  • Anson County | UNC Charlotte Urban Institute | UNC Charlotte
    for Central NC Charlotte Regional Partnership Follow the institute Anson County Gallery of photos from Anson County Explore Anson County data Use our Charlotte Regional Indicator project to learn more about Anson County Browse institute archives about Anson County Articles about Anson County Uwharries natural world shaped folklife and culture Crystal Cockman Nov 21 2014 Crafting knives guns and baskets by hand Gathering wild plants for medicine Whispering a Bible verse over a burn to take away the pain Those might sound like lost traditions but they re still alive the Uwharrie Mountain region Charlotte Regional Indicators New look new function Laura Simmons Apr 17 2014 Our Regional Indicators website now has a new home on the institute s main website You ll find all the data that was on the previous site but with improved functionality and a new look Big urban gains rural losses in the Carolinas John Chesser Apr 03 2014 Since 2010 the home counties of Charlotte and Raleigh have accounted for nearly half of all population growth in North Carolina Just 10 N C counties tallied nearly 80 percent of the state s increased population Image John Chesser Tableau maps Charlotte area residents invited to

    Original URL path: http://ui.uncc.edu/ourregion/anson?page=1 (2016-02-18)
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