Focus Area

Economic Development

Golden LEAF funds economic development projects that focus on creating and retaining jobs, attracting new business to North Carolina, expanding industries and training new workers. Primarily, these grants are meant to create, expand, or improve business activity in tobacco-dependent, economically distressed or rural communities. Golden LEAF partners with the North Carolina Department of Commerce, the Economic Development Partnership of North Carolina, and local governments to provide gap funding to assist with job creation.

Golden LEAF has been a key partner in our efforts to help with the recruitment and expansion of companies creating additional jobs and making substantial private investment in North Carolina. The Foundation plays a key role in filling gaps that other partners cannot, especially in rural and economically distressed areas of our state.

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