In order for communities across North Carolina to increase their innovation economies, I believe community members have to embrace ambiguity and risk. They have to realize that they need to serve as the “model” community and there is not another community for which to follow. They need to lead. Innovation can occur from any person at any time. A great place to begin is addressing and solving local issues. In rural areas, it may be of high importance to create a means for college graduates to return to the community.