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Last spring, Patrick Woodie and John Coggin set out on a quest: visit each of the 80 counties served by the Rural Center and meet with community leaders – elected officials, business leaders, health care workers, educators, and civic champions – to hear what was going well, and what major issues need to be tackled by a statewide network of rural advocates.

We are now over halfway through this ambitious tour. We have hosted meetings in every corner of the state, from Murphy to Sparta to Bolivia to Nags Head. What have we learned? North Carolina’s rural communities are vibrant places, brimming with entrepreneurs creating opportunity, teachers helping launch the next generation, and leaders passionate about making their communities better places.

We’ve also found that while every county is distinct, there are many unifying struggles. Access to affordable high-speed internet is a hindrance to development in almost every county we’ve visited. The need for qualified teachers, capable health care professionals, and workforce housing touches most every community.

Our goal by the end of this journey is to have a deeper sense of the county-level nuances of the issues facing rural North Carolina, as well as to have identified areas in which the Rural Center can be most effective at gathering rural citizens to speak up for statewide solutions.

We are doing our best to finish this tour by April. Scheduled meetings are below, and more dates coming soon!

 

County

Date

Time

Location

Registration

Chowan & Perquimans

Tuesday, February 20

3:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Albemarle Commission, Hertford

Register here

Hoke

Monday, February 26

10:00 a.m. – 12:00 noon

Hoke County Public Library, Raeford

Register here

Robeson

Monday, February 26

3:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Thomas Entrepreneurship Center, Pembroke

Register here

Bladen

Tuesday, February 27

9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.

Bladen County Cooperative Extension Center, Elizabethtown

Register here

Sampson

Tuesday, February 27

3:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Sampson Community College, Clinton

Register here

 

Duplin

Wednesday, February 28

9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.

Lois G. Britt Agricultural Service Center, Kenansville

Register here

Pender

Wednesday, February 28

3:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Pender County Cooperative Extension Center, Burgaw

Register here

Onslow

Thursday, March 1

9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.

Jacksonville-Onslow Chamber of Commerce, Jacksonsville

Register here

Jones

Thursday, March 1

3:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Jones Senior High School, Trenton

Register here

Lenoir

Friday, March 2

9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.

Global TransPark, Kinston

Register here

Stokes

Monday, March 12

10:00 a.m. – 12:00 noon

Stokes County Cooperative Extension Center, Danbury

Register here

Lee

Tuesday, March 20

10:00 a.m. – 12:00 noon

Lee County Library, Sanford

 Register here

Moore

Tuesday, March 20

3:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Robbins Fire Department

Register here

 

John Coggin

Director of Advocacy