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Preparing Leaders for the State, Nation,& World

Driving Innovation in Energy & the Environment

Community Design and Development


Center for Urban Affairs & Community Services (CUACS)

Center for Urban Affairs & Community Services established by the North Carolina Legislature in 1966, provides applied research, program evaluation and technical assistance for public sector agencies and non-profit organizations in responding to identified needs.

College of Design Research and Engagement Programs

The College of Design’s research, extension and engagement activities connect the mission and goals of the College to the needs of society. The College sees the development and success of these activities to be related to its educational mission and strives to create an environment where these activities engage scholars, students and the public.

Connecting in North Carolina (CINC) Development Tour

A five-day program in which new NC State faculty and administrators are introduced to North Carolina and its people, witnessing the impact of our land-grant initiatives throughout the state.

Institute for Emerging Issues

The Institute for Emerging Issues is a catalyst for innovative public policy through research, ideas, debate and action that encourages civic leadership in business, government and higher education.

Institute for Transportation Research and Education (ITRE)

Located within North Carolina State University's visionary Centennial Campus, ITRE conducts surfacs, water, and air transportation research, while providing professional training and educational opportunities. ITRE's applied research and technical assistance activities involve:

  • Applying a  multi-modal perspective to the safe and efficient transportation of both people and goods
  • Articulating solutions through the use of advanced visualization and decision science modeling tools
  • Fostering data-driven and policy-based decision-making
  • Mitigating the impacts of transportation on the community, ecosystems, and climate
  • Developing and conducting training on transportation policy, planning, operations, safety, and finance through the use of advanced technologies

ITRE’s experienced professionals have applied their cross-cutting expertise to all modes, including highways, transit, rail, bicycle, pedestrian, marine, and air transportation.

North Carolina Cooperative Extension: Community

North Carolina Cooperative Extension centers -- located in all 100 counties and on the Eastern Band of Cherokee -- are community resources, serving as the front door to the vast knowledge base of N.C. State and N.C. A&T State universities. Cooperative Extension helps build quality communities by training adult and youth volunteers to become community leaders, providing educational programs to stimulate community economic development, working in partnership with other agencies to help citizens prepare for and recover from disasters -- and more.

North Carolina Language and Life Program

The North Carolina Language and Life Project is an umbrella organization for carrying out research and educational programs in representative speech communities in North Carolina and elsewhere.

North Carolina Sea Grant Extension Program

North Carolina Sea Grant's coastal communities programs explore how tourism and development can be balanced with traditional uses. Sea Grant's social science research includes a variety of topics, including the economic and societal impacts of hurricanes, outbreaks such as Pfiesteria and the variety of changes that accompany demographic shifts.

Recreation Resources Service

Provides technical support to local units of government responsible for planning and managing recreation facilities and programs. The Recreation Resources Service (RRS) is a partnership between the North Carolina Division of Parks and Recreation and the Department of Parks, Recreation and Tourism Management at NC State University. RRS staff located both in Raleigh and regionally assist local units of government plan and deliver recreation services across the state. Examples of technical services include:

  • assisting with establishing new departments
  • organizing and training advisory boards
  • training in benefits-based programming
  • consultation and professional training in playground safety
  • assistance with preparation of grant applications
  • workshops on various topics.