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Data Snapshot

#100 (of 100)

The rank of Fayetteville, NC, for percentage gain (or loss) in adult income from growing up in the top 100 commuting zones in the U.S.

(-17.8% loss)

Network for Southern Economic Mobility

The Network is a group of Southern communities committed to increasing upward economic mobility for young adults in the lowest income brackets

MDC is now accepting proposals to join the Network.

The State of the South Blog

09.16.2016 by Anna Shelton-Ormond
“Because it mattered to me and my family.” “Because people matter.” “Because the alternative is stagnation.” “Because kids deserve to have their dreams within...... Read More

Charting new pathways since 1967


MDC was founded as a legacy of the North Carolina Fund


Publication of Shadows in the Sunbelt refocuses MDC's work on sustainable economic development in the South


Creation of Foundation for the Mid South addresses the causes of poverty through long-term philanthropic investment


Publication of first chapter of State of the South, addressing the impact of globalization on the region