North Carolina beyond the Connected Age

The Tar Heel State in 2050

By Michael L. Walden

200 pp., 6.125 x 9.25, 22 figs., 6 maps, 16 tables, notes, index

  • Paperback ISBN: 978-1-4696-3572-9
    Published: October 2017
  • Hardcover ISBN: 978-1-4696-3571-2
    Published: October 2017
  • E-book EPUB ISBN: 978-1-4696-3573-6
    Published: August 2017
  • E-book PDF ISBN: 979-8-8908-5422-3
    Published: August 2017

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For years, North Carolina has been one of the nation’s fastest-growing states, bringing tremendous change to the state’s people, industries, jobs, places, environment, and government. Much of this change resulted from the information and technology revolution, which connected the state more fully to the country and the world. But we are now moving beyond the connected age, argues Michael L. Walden, to a new era of living, production, and work, and North Carolina faces not only unanswered questions about the past but also new challenges and opportunities visible on the horizon. What will these new transformations mean for the state’s people, places, and prosperity?

In this book, Walden lays out these looming economic issues and offers predictions of future trends as well as multiple policy options for taxation, infrastructure, and environmental issues. While the future cannot be perfectly predicted, Walden’s expert analysis is mandatory reading for policy makers, business leaders, and everyday people seeking to prepare for upcoming changes in North Carolina’s economy.

About the Author

Michael L. Walden is the William Neal Reynolds Distinguished Professor of Agricultural and Resource Economics at North Carolina State University.
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"Michael L. Walden offers a smart and eminently readable primer to the economic challenges and opportunities North Carolina will face over the next two generations. Replete with fresh ideas and insights, North Carolina beyond the Connected Age will make navigating the state’s economic future a little less frightening."--Peter A. Coclanis, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

"Michael L. Walden has done it again. North Carolina beyond the Connected Age is an audacious enterprise and a complete success. Readers will benefit from Walden’s careful and insightful consideration of the challenges that face North Carolina in the years ahead."--Louis M. Kyriakoudes, author of The Social Origins of the Urban South