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Innovative Rural Leadership: Paula Swepson-Avery

Innovative Rural Leadership: Paula Swepson-Avery

This is part five of a five-part series focused on innovative rural leadership in North Carolina. To read the other profiles in this series, go here. “I always thought what I thought was right and that everybody thought the same way as me. I’ve learned we can get to...
Innovative Rural Leadership: Bryan Thompson

Innovative Rural Leadership: Bryan Thompson

This is part three of a five-part series focused on innovative rural leadership in North Carolina. To read the other profiles in this series, go here. There are varying creative or even practical ways to address a thing, whatever that thing is, that issue, that...
Innovative Rural Leadership: Jesus Padilla

Innovative Rural Leadership: Jesus Padilla

This is part three of a five-part series focused on innovative rural leadership in North Carolina. To read the other profiles go here. I heard ‘rural’ and I knew I had to attend because that’s what I’m all about. -Jesus Padilla Jesus Padilla remembers what it was like...
Impact Stories: CEA Manufacturing

Impact Stories: CEA Manufacturing

“This loan allowed us to jump to the next level in our capabilities.” -Steve Yauch It’s quiet here, perhaps surprisingly so, on the manufacturing floor of CEA Manufacturing’s 55,000-square-foot headquarters in Smithfield. The room is brightly-lit and spotless....