Hidden Distress: A Tier System Analysis
This white paper reviews how a county-level analysis hides municipalities that are experiencing economic distress within more prosperous counties by reviewing the region served by the Triangle J Council of Governments. After review of legislation and identification of the problem of hidden distress, a recommendation for a short-term solution is reviewed. Recommendations to comprehensively change the tier system are also offered. The recommendations are focused to include sub-county analysis when designating communities as economically distressed and are interim steps in a process of reevaluating how economic development is pursued in North Carolina.