At a time when North Carolina's population is exploding and its
economy is shifting profoundly, one of the state's leading
economists applies the tools of his trade to chronicle these
changes and to inform North Carolinians in easy-to-understand terms
what to expect in the future.
Today we are living in a technologically connected age that has
completely transformed the North Carolina economy, Walden explains.
Once driven by tobacco, textiles, and furniture, the North Carolina
economy now thrives on technology, pharmaceuticals, finance, food
processing, and the manufacture of vehicle parts. While the state
as a whole has benefited from these dramatic transformations, some
population groups and regions have not experienced consistent
economic growth. Walden identifies education as the key factor; a
skilled, college-educated work force, he argues, is now a region's
most prized commodity.
Walden traces how the forces of the late twentieth and early
twenty-first centuries have remade the North Carolina economy,
impacted people and regions, and led to the most substantive public
policy debates in decades. Written in a lively style and including
original research and insights, North Carolina in the Connected
is essential reading for anyone wanting to understand how
the state arrived where it is today and what its future might