The Beacon is going on hiatus as the Cape Fear Collective pivots toward a new endeavor we’re calling (for now anyway) the Town Square Project and the Racial Equity Dashboard.
We don’t want to share much as we’re still in the planning stages, but the Town Square Project will capture the lived experience surrounding systemic racism. One of our strategic priorities is to bear witness to the structural inequities and injustices facing the Cape Fear Region and amplify the voices of citizens, practitioners, and advocates on the front lines of this fight.
We also understand the importance of looking at data through an equity lens. The current movement has cemented the need to empower our community with insights that shed light on inequity and illuminate the path to a more just society. To that end, we are launching a Racial Equity Dashboard. It will be a collection of data stories and visualizations that speak to the existing gap in services, wealth, and health in our minority communities.
Together, the Town Square Project and Racial Equity Dashboard represent our desire to build tools that equip our partners and neighbors to continue this national conversation and lend our voice and resources to that cause.
Cape Fear Collective and the Wilmington Chamber partnered with RTI International to bring a comprehensive skills analysis to our six-county region. Only a couple weeks left to have your organization included. The data will be used to inform economic recovery efforts in our region. Take 10-minutes today to shape tomorrow's workforce. Click here to complete the survey.


UNCW’s Dr. Rachel Carroll, assistant professor of mathematics and statistics, and Dr. Mark Lammers, professor and director of UNCW’s Data Science Program, have developed two tools that track COVID-19 cases in the Cape Fear region.
Carroll created a spatial-temporal tool that maps COVID-19 in the United States, North Carolina, and the Cape Fear Region. Lammers developed a visualization tool that tracks COVID-19 cases by county in North Carolina, Virginia, and South Carolina.
Both tools update daily using data from the Johns Hopkins Coronavirus Resource Center.
SHARE Cape Fear provides an online portal for nonprofit organizations, including faith-based groups and churches with 501(c)3 status, to build a profile, set up a wish list, and call for volunteers. Neighbors to the site are able to connect with those organizations and sign up to help either through monetary or goods donation or volunteering. Registration for SHARE Cape Fear is free. For more information, visit
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