The Rural Center is a nonprofit dedicated to improving the lives of rural North Carolinians through the development, promotion and implementation of sound economic strategies.
How can we help your community? The center trains rural leaders from all walks of life to recognize and embrace economic opportunities. We help rural entrepreneurs of all ages start their own businesses, and we provide access to capital so established businesses can grow and create new jobs.
If you have a question about current Rural Center initiatives, please contact a staff member. If you have a question about past grant programs, please see this FAQ.
Rural Center staff members met with hundreds of you this summer as we traveled across the state to gather input toward creating a rural advocacy agenda. We pored over the data from those meetings, and have built a survey to help illuminate what we have learned so far. Now we need your assistance.
Please click here to start the survey. Designed to take 10 minutes or less, the survey will be an invaluable tool in collecting the feedback we need to ensure that the advocacy agenda is an accurate reflection of rural North Carolina's most pressing needs.
The data from this survey will be included in the report that we will present to our board in December. We anticipate rolling out the 2016 N.C. Rural Advocacy Agenda in the spring.
Applications are now being accepted for the next class of the Rural Economic Development Institute. Each year, REDI welcomes government officials, nonprofit and faith-based leaders, small business owners, volunteers, economic development professionals and other community-minded people for nine days of intensive rural economic development training. Interested? Read more.