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Why The Wealth Gap Matters

September 18, 2018

Jim Johnson, Director of Education, Aging and Economic Development Initiatives for the Kenan Institute, speaks to WUNC, North Carolina Public Radio, on the growing wealth gap in the United States. Three schools within the University of North Carolina – UNC’s School of Law, the Gillings School of Global Public Health and the Kenan-Flagler Business School – have teamed up for a lecture series aimed at tackling this critical issue. More

Skills For A High-Tech Economy

August 29, 2018

Jim Johnson, a professor at UNC's Kenan-Flagler Business School, talks in WRAL documentary about the five tools everyone needs in their career toolkit in the new high-tech automated economy. More

American Entrepreneurship in Black and White (and All Colors)

June 14, 2018

The Great Recession of 2008 came with a counterintuitive twist – the unprecedented growth of minority-owned small businesses in the U.S. But although the data shows that the representation of minority firms in the small business ecosystem increased from 2007 to 2012 while the percentage of white-owned firms decreased, the larger question is whether those minority firms also made headway toward achieving equity or parity with white-owned businesses. More

Panel to Advise DEQ on Environmental Justice

May 04, 2018

Dr. Jim Johnson was announced as part of a 16-member panel that will help change the way the state approaches and integrates environmental protection and social justice. During the ceremony, Johnson said that the panel’s work was about maintaining and enhancing North Carolina’s competitiveness in a global marketplace. More

The Enduring Legacy of HBCUs

March 02, 2018

For more than 50 years, historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs) have been serving the African American community, providing a firm grounding not only in education, but also in black history and culture. Jim Johnson, Director of Education, Aging and Economic Development Initiatives for the Kenan Institute, spoke with Frank Stasio of The State of Things on the relevance and challenges of HBCUs today. More

Responding to Migrant Dividends

December 29, 2017

We all know that North Carolina is a migration magnet. But just who’s moving into – and out of – the state? And what’s the impact on North Carolina’s economy and infrastructure? Jim Johnson, Director of Education, Aging and Economic Development Initiatives for the Kenan Institute, and Allan Parnell, Vice President of the Cedar Institute for Sustainable Communities in Mebane, NC, go in search of answers. More

Kenan Institute Convenes National Leaders for Inaugural “Business of Healthcare: Adapting to an Aging Economy” Conference

November 27, 2017

Featuring distinguished scholars, healthcare professionals and business leaders from around the country, the event centered on the effects of America’s aging population on the economy and the resultant need for changes in areas such as real estate, adaptive technologies, pharmaceutical packaging and labeling, healthcare options and workforce policies. More

Jim Johnson Discusses Retirement Decision Factors in AARP Article

November 01, 2017

A recent article by AARP compares the tax landscape in North Carolina with surrounding states, and discusses how North Carolina tax breaks for older residents fall short of those offered by other states, such as South Carolina. The article quotes Jim Johnson, Director of Education, Aging, and Economic Development for the Kenan Institute, on what older Americans consider when choosing where to spend their retirement years. More

Help Older North Carolinians Age in the Comfort of Home

October 27, 2017

Jim Johnson outlines several action steps, for North Carolina leaders and senior advocates, to facilitate and support successful aging in place for our most vulnerable older adults. North Carolina’s 65 and older population is growing almost twice as fast as the total population, increasing by close to a half million since 2000. More

Demographic Realities: The Browning and Graying of America

June 16, 2017

Dr. Jim Johnson, Director of the Urban Investment Strategies Center, speaks at Columbus Metropolitan Club on 'The Browning and Graying of America.' More