Commerce Fellows Community Capacity Building Program at ECU

The Commerce Fellows Community Capacity Building programs at ECU provide technical assistance, capacity building training and community development consultation to local governments across North Carolina.  The program includes community level engagement by faculty and staff, and an on-campus training curriculum in grant administration and public management that covers a range of related topics including:

  • Grant Writing
  • Strategic Planning
  • Budgeting
  • Program Evaluation
  • Policy Analysis
  • Leadership Development and
  • Economic Development.

 The program offers specific training relative to the Community Development Block (CDBG) Program, its application process and its administrative requirements. Participants will engage with faculty, professional economic development staff and other local government practitioners to enhance their existing skill sets and build greater administrative and management capacities for their respective communities.

Access complete application here.

ECU and Partners awarded $1.25 million Golden LEAF Foundation grant


The Golden LEAF Foundation has announced the award of a $1.25 million grant to support an Advanced Manufacturing and Innovation Academy (AMIA), a comprehensive, hands-on program designed to train students for advanced manufacturing and entrepreneurial jobs with the ultimate goal of economically transforming Eastern North Carolina, effectively creating a robust education-to-workforce pipeline. Partners in the grant are East Carolina University, Pitt County, Pitt County Schools, Pitt Community College, Beaufort County Schools, North East Carolina Preparatory School, STEM East, and area economic developers and manufacturers.

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ECU Increases Presence at East Coast Games Conference

In its five years as a major sponsor of the East Coast Games Conference, East Carolina University has increased its physical presence and networking impact measurably and has gained ground as an educational standout among conference producers and attendees.