The Solar Economy: Widespread Benefits for North Carolina
February 2015 | Durham, NC | Lukas Brun, Danny Hamrick, Jack DalyThe report for the Environmental Defense Fund (EDF) describes a solar “value chain” of investors, solar developers, construction contractors and solar panel and component manufacturers comprising more than 450 companies. Together, these companies support some 4,300 jobs and represent a $2 billion investment. In addition to jobs, solar industry-related businesses provide income for landowners and tax revenue for N.C. towns, the report states. The economic impact of N.C.’s solar industry extends beyond its solar facilities, though.
The Economic Impact of the High Point Market
October 2013 | Durham, NC | Lukas Brun, Bill LesterThe Center on Globalization, Governance & Competitiveness at Duke University was engaged by the High Point Market Authority (HPMA) to conduct a comprehensive economic and fiscal impact of the High Point Market located in High Point, NC. The Market, conducted bi-annually, is the largest home furnishings market in the world and attracts over 75,000 visitors each market session who descend on High Point and its environs to buy, sell and market a wide variety of furniture, accessories, and design services. Beyond attracting a large number of visitors from outside the state, the Market serves a critical function for the broader furnishings industry and is a key node in the overall furniture industry’s value chain. In particular, it is widely known by local stakeholders that a large portion of the sales contacts and transactions for local manufacturing companies are initiated and negotiated at the Market.
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The Furniture Value Chain in North Carolina
October 2013 | Durham, NC | Lukas Brun, Giulio Buciuni, Stacey Frederick, Gary GereffiThis research was sponsored by the High Point Market Authority (HPMA).
Smart Grid: Core Firms in the Research Triangle Region, NC
May 2011 | Durham, NC | Marcy Lowe, Hua Fan, Gary GereffiThe Research Triangle is a smart grid hotspot, with specialized R&D centers, supportive government policies, and roughly 60 core firms whose capabilities stretch across the entire value chain. Research for this report was funded by NC State University’s Institute for Emerging Issues faculty fellows program, and prepared for the Research Triangle Regional Partnership.