Centers and Research


The Innovation Center

The Innovation Center’s goal is to diversify the innovation pipeline through challenges, developing the next generation of innovators and recognizing young innovators.

Our current innovation initiatives are:

STEAM Innovators Center

Diversifying the innovation pipeline with a focus on following strategies: 1) fill the pipeline; 2) recognize innovators; 3) develop the pipeline; 4) create a movement.

The Policy Center

Rooted in research and analysis, the nonpartisan Policy Center strengthens the economic health of diverse communities by convening stakeholders, expanding dialogue and advancing policy prescriptions.


  • Strengthen the base of research, data, and analysis that address the economic health of diverse populations and share findings with leaders and the public-at-large
  • Offer policy recommendations for business development and economic security that build widely shared prosperity
  • Convene stakeholders, including community and business leaders, community groups, and higher education institutions, to advance a shared agenda for economic growth in diverse communities

Core Values

Collaboration, Honesty, Humility, Integrity, Service

Contact the Policy Center

Lewis Myers
Board Chair & Interim President/CEO
(919) 956-8889

HBCU Initiative

HBCU Initiative - a project of the Policy Center - advances the health and prosperity of North Carolina's 10 Historically Black Colleges and Universities, which represent more than 10% of all HBCUs in the country. Their role in the economy, higher education, and the talent pipeline is often misunderstood by business, community, and policy leaders. These institutions of higher education have far-reaching economic and educational impact.

Through robust research and analysis, innovative programming, and meaningful convening, the Policy Center strengthens the community of HBCUs in North Carolina by:

  • exposing leaders to the economic, educational, and workforce impacts of HBCUs,
  • deepening understanding of their challenges and opportunities, and
  • building a community of informed, devoted supporters and advocates across sectors and industries.

Mapping Historically Black Colleges and Universities
HBCUs and 2020 Goal -

Business Research

Access information on the growth of diverse businesses nationally and by state and urban areas. Learn more about industry data, opportunities and challenges.