By Matt Ehlers
Thanks to the help of more than 300 people from across the state who attended our meetings this summer in Williamston, Franklin, Lenoir, Clinton, Henderson and Troy, the Rural Center is armed with a wealth of information with which to build a rural advocacy agenda for North Carolina.
Among the topics that bubbled to the surface: the need for rural infrastructure improvements, the migration of young people to metro areas, and the debate over a proposal in the legislature to change the formula for distributing sales tax revenue.
Center staff are in the process of combing through the comments, criticisms and suggestions that were presented to us. Over the next few months, we will be combining that information with the latest rural data and research in order to draft a rural policy agenda to present this winter to the N.C. Rural Center Board of Directors. We plan to publicly roll out our agenda prior to the 2016 session of the N.C. General Assembly.
If you were unable to attend the meetings, please see this presentation, which was delivered by Jason Gray, the Rural Center's senior fellow for policy and research. We have also been distributing this short survey via social media; we'd appreciate your input. If you have any additional questions or comments, please write email@example.com.