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ehlers cropBy Matt Ehlers
Director of Communications
 
 
The Rural Center offers a wide variety of rural economic development programs and initiatives, but nothing we do is as ingrained in our DNA as the Rural Economic Development Institute.

Each year, more than 30 rural leaders from across the state are accepted into the highly competitive program. Applications are now being accepted forredi logo cropped
the 2016 class, which will take place over nine days in March, April and May at the Rural Center in Raleigh.
 
The cirriculum has been retooled this year to help participants better tackle the 21st century challenges of rural economic development, but the overarching purpose of REDI has not changed: to build better rural leaders. The program accepts motivated individuals from all walks of life, including elected officials, government staff, nonprofit leaders, business owners, clergy members and community volunteers.
 
Through an intensive training regimen, REDI addresses rural leadership in two ways: it provides participants with techniques designed to enhance their skills as community leaders, and enhances their knowledge of economic and community development strategies.
 
Piard9Christina Piard, a 2015 REDI graduate who works as the community engagement coordinator for U.S. Rep. G.K. Butterfield, said her leadership training improved her ability to connect with rural constituents. Butterfield's disctrict covers a large portion of northeastern North Carolina.
 
"I am so thankful for my experience in REDI, because I was able to put my leadership training to work immediately. REDI helped me hone in on the real opportunities in Eastern North Carolina and broadened my network of champions within the communities Congressman Butterfield serves."
 
REDI is a great opportunity for participants to learn from highly-skilled field experts, apply their leadership skills and network with leaders from across the state. The class provides a mix of presentations, interactive exercises, applied learning, and networking opportunities.

The Rural Center has limited scholarship assistance available for any applicant, as well as some special scholarship funds from the U.S. Economic Development Administration for those living in an eastern disaster relief county. The Duke Divinity School Thriving Rural Communities program also has provided scholarship support for Methodist ministers from any rural county. In addition, the Reidsville Area Foundation has set aside funds to help a rural leader from Rockingham County attend REDI. If you're interested in a scholarship, please complete the section at the end of the online application. 
 
For more information and to see the complete application, please click here. Applications are due January 29.
 
Questions? Please contact Misty Herget, the Rural Center's director of leadership, at mherget@ncruralcenter.org or (919) 250-4314.
 
 
 
 

ehlers cropBy Matt Ehlers
Director of Communications
 
 
The Rural Center offers a wide variety of rural economic development programs and initiatives, but nothing we do is as ingrained in our DNA as the Rural Economic Development Institute.

Each year, more than 30 rural leaders from across the state are accepted into the highly competitive program. Applications are now being accepted forredi logo cropped
the 2016 class, which will take place over nine days in March, April and May at the Rural Center in Raleigh.
 
The cirriculum has been retooled this year to help participants better tackle the 21st century challenges of rural economic development, but the overarching purpose of REDI has not changed: to build better rural leaders. The program accepts motivated individuals from all walks of life, including elected officials, government staff, nonprofit leaders, business owners, clergy members and community volunteers.
 
Through an intensive training regimen, REDI addresses rural leadership in two ways: it provides participants with techniques designed to enhance their skills as community leaders, and enhances their knowledge of economic and community development strategies.
 
Piard9Christina Piard, a 2015 REDI graduate who works as the community engagement coordinator for U.S. Rep. G.K. Butterfield, said her leadership training improved her ability to connect with rural constituents. Butterfield's disctrict covers a large portion of northeastern North Carolina.
 
"I am so thankful for my experience in REDI, because I was able to put my leadership training to work immediately. REDI helped me hone in on the real opportunities in Eastern North Carolina and broadened my network of champions within the communities Congressman Butterfield serves."
 
REDI is a great opportunity for participants to learn from highly-skilled field experts, apply their leadership skills and network with leaders from across the state. The class provides a mix of presentations, interactive exercises, applied learning, and networking opportunities.

The Rural Center has limited scholarship assistance available for any applicant, as well as some special scholarship funds from the U.S. Economic Development Administration for those living in an eastern disaster relief county. The Duke Divinity School Thriving Rural Communities program also has provided scholarship support for Methodist ministers from any rural county. In addition, the Reidsville Area Foundation has set aside funds to help a rural leader from Rockingham County attend REDI. If you're interested in a scholarship, please complete the section at the end of the online application. 
 
For more information and to see the complete application, please click here. Applications are due January 29.
 
Questions? Please contact Misty Herget, the Rural Center's director of leadership, at mherget@ncruralcenter.org or (919) 250-4314.