News & Updates
Rural Day Coming Soon!
Join us on Tuesday, May 9, for our first-ever statewide Rural Day. Learn about the issues facing rural North Carolina, meet with state leaders, and network with other rural champions. We are excited to announce that Governor Roy Cooper will be speaking and Lt. Governor Dan Forest will deliver recorded remarks. Register today and let's put rural NC's best foot forward!
The Rural Center is looking for a new Director of Entrepreneurship and Food Sector Business Developer to join our dynamic team in helping rural North Carolina.
Bridging the Rural/Urban Divide Webinar, April 5th
Missed the webinar? Click below to listen to the discussion about breaking down the idea of the "divide" between rural and urban, and giving ideas about how to incorporate messages about the important connections among all our communities in your advocacy.
Community Allies for Disaster Recovery
On Tuesday, February 28th, the Rural Center and a group of partner organizations hosted a training event for local nonprofit and grassroots leaders serving communities affected by Hurricane Matthew. The event provided updates on immediate recovery needs, connected participants to experts and resources, and explored long-term community revitalization strategies. The gathering started a partnership between community leaders and the key agencies leading the recovery process.
Post-Election Webinar December 15th
The Rural Center hosted the first in a series of ongoing advocacy webinars designed to inform and engage rural communities across the state. We introduced the center's new Advocacy Director, John Coggin, and analyzed the outcome of the national and state election and the impact they may have on rural communities. We looked ahead at what we anticipated from upcoming sessions of the General Assembly and Congress. We discussed the status of long-term hurricane recovery packages at the federal and state levels (action anticipated in early to mid-December). We also gave the latest information on court ordered legislative redistricting and the 2017 special election.
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Letter to Congressional Delegation
This week, the Rural Center hand-delivered letters to members of the North Carolina Congressional Delegation supporting federal emergency supplemental funding for disaster recovery. Hurricane Matthew made landfall on October 8th and record-breaking rainfall followed causing devastation for families, infrastructure, businesses, and whole communities. The letter outlines specific priorities including the Community Development Block Grant Disaster Recovery Fund, multiple USDA programs and other critical needs for recovery in eastern North Carolina.
Emergency Bridge Loan Program Activated for Small Businesses Impacted by Hurricane Matthew
Derria and Barry Dixon (left) are working to recover from flood Damage at the offices of Dixon Social Interactive Services in Kinston (right).
The Rural Center made the first loan from the N.C. Small Business Emergency Bridge Loan Program to Derria and Barry Dixon of Dixon Social Interactive Services. Dixon Social Interactive Services is a provider for Mental and Behavioral Health offering counseling, day treatment, and therapy to individuals as well as families with offices in Greenville, Kinston, New Bern, and Rocky Mount.
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Click here to apply for the Emergency Bridge Loan.
The 2016 N.C. Rural Assembly
On behalf of the Board of Directors and the entire staff of the N. C. Rural Center, we want to thank you for making the 2016 N. C. Rural Assembly a success. Our front porch conversation with rural leaders continued with great speakers, great resource organizations and presentations from the candidates seeking to lead our state in the years to come as Governor and United States Senator. We managed to celebrate some rural success through our six annual award winners, and we even enjoyed a trip down memory lane with Andy, Barney and Aunt Bea as we previewed a new documentary on "The Real Mayberry". It reminded us all of why we love and cherish our small rural North Carolina towns. We'll be posting all our conference presentations and content online shortly, and we'll be sending you a survey seeking your feedback in helping us plan for the 2017 N. C. Rural Assembly. It's less than a year away!
All the best from all of us,
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