Economic Development

The NC Arboretum leads many economic development initiatives that benefit the state of North Carolina and related national industriesHOT TOPICS:

UNC TV host Christine Rogers continues her"North Carolina Rising' reports focusing on rural economic development. Christine travels west to Bent Creek Institute in Asheville where scientists are mixing business with botany to develop some of the nearly five thousand regional plant species into natural medicinal botanicals. [MORE]


The North Carolina Arboretum, an affiliate of the University of North Carolina, leads many regional and statewide economic development initiatives. In response to the University of North Carolina Tomorrow Initiative, the Arboretum works to innovate the rapidly changing, knowledge-based global economy and environment of the 21st century.

Core economic development activities include but are not limited to:

  • Education, interpretation, and professional development
  • Research and innovation in agriculture, bioagriculture, natural biotechnology and integrative medicine, climate change, landscape architecture and design, energy conservation, and soil and water stewardship
  • Cultural heritage exhibitry and interpretation, including the rich arts and crafts heritage, that attracts tourists from across the globe