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North Carolina in the Connected AgeChallenges and Opportunities in a Globalizing Economy$
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Michael L. Walden

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780807832219

Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: July 2014

DOI: 10.5149/9780807888742_walden

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. Impacts on Places

. Impacts on Places

(p.108) 5. Impacts on Places
North Carolina in the Connected Age

Michael L. Walden

University of North Carolina Press

This chapter demonstrates that North Carolina has many varied local economies. Furthermore, the trends and forces of the Connected Age have affected these diverse economies in different ways. Some have benefited from and excelled as a result of the Connected Age's emphasis on education, deregulation, and international trade, while others have been battered and challenged to remain viable. Thus, at the ground level, in the multiple regions, counties, towns, and places that make up North Carolina, the story of the modern economy has been a dream for some and a virtual nightmare for others. The chapter also examines the impact of the Connected Age on North Carolina's places in two ways. First, a comparative analysis of the state's local economies during the Connected Age is presented, emphasizing how performance has varied during the era. Second, each of the state's local economies is analyzed. The analyses show how each local economy has changed during the Connected Age and its prospects for the future.

Keywords:   North Carolina, varied local economies, Connected Age, education, deregulation, international trade

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