Commerce Fellows Professional Development Opportunity Now Accepting Applications

Local communities build their capacity to attract businesses and grow their economies in many ways. One key way is increasing the knowledge and ability of local leaders to pursue the important work of community building.

The Commerce Fellows/Community Capacity Building program offers grants to local governments so they may offer high-quality professional development and training opportunities to local administrators.

Fellows in the program gain access to a training curriculum in grant administration and public management that covers a range of related topics including:

  • Grant Writing
  • Strategic Planning
  • Budgeting
  • Program Evaluation
  • Policy Analysis
  • Leadership Development and Economic Development.


The fellows program is the result of a collaboration between N.C. Commerce’s Rural Economic Development Division, East Carolina University and UNC-Chapel Hill’s School of Government.

More information about the program, including this year’s application is available online. Applications must be received no later than May 13, 2016.