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Rural Day


TUESDAY, MAY 29, 2018
NC Museum of History | Raleigh, NC 27601 

Join the Rural Center and hundreds of advocates from across North Carolina to LEARN more about the issues facing our rural communities, ENGAGE with leaders about solutions to help us all flourish, and CELEBRATE all that makes rural North Carolina strong.



Register now for the second-annual Rural Day, happening May 29 in Raleigh.
You don’t want to miss this opportunity to stand with rural citizens from across the state and let your voice be heard by our state leaders. This year’s event will feature even more content about the most important policy issues facing rural North Carolina, including broadband, health, and small business development. 
Missed last years Rural Day? Check out some of the highlights here

Registration Details

$25 Convocation | $35 Reception

$50 Convocation + Reception

Registration fees help to cover the cost of food and beverage.


Register for Rural Day!




9:00 AM – 5:30 PM


Learn from state leaders and community champions about challenges, opportunities, and innovations in rural broadband, health, and small business development. 


5:30 PM – 7:00 PM

Art of Rural Reception

Connect with friends to a successful day, and celebrate how artists are transforming our economies.


 Detailed agenda coming soon.



Confirmed speakers include:
Roy Cooper, Governor, State of North Carolina
Dan Forest, Lieutenant Governor, State of North Carolina
Dr. Laura Gerald, President, Kate B. Reynolds Charitable Trust
Curtis Wynn, President & CEO, Roanoke Electric Cooperative

Tom Campbell, Moderator, NC SPIN

Susan Myers, Managing Partner, Eastern Carolina Broadband

Eric Cramer, President & CEO, Wilkes Communication/ River Street Networks

Jeff Sural, Director, Broadband Infrastructure Office, NC Department of Information Technology

Dr. Maria Pitre-Martin, Deputy State Superintendent, NC Department of Public Instruction

Rep. Robert Reives, Representative, State of North Carolina

Dr. Laura Gerald, President, Kate B. Reynolds Charitable Trust

Anita Brown- Graham, Professor, UNC School of Goverment

Carla Obiol, Director, Care4Carolina

Secretary Mandy Cohen, Secretary, NC Department of Health and Human Services

Josh Stein, Attorney General, State of North Carolina

David Lewis, Representative, State of North Carolina

Chris Chung, CEO, NC Economic Development Partnership

Richard Campbell, CALS Chief Communication Officer, NCSU Cooperative Extension



NC Museum of History
5 East Edenton Street
Raleigh, NC 27601

From the North or East:

Take the Capital Boulevard (U.S. 401, South) exit off I-440 north of Raleigh. Follow the Capital Boulevard (Downtown) signs. Continue south approximately 2 miles and turn left onto Jones Street. Go 3 blocks. The museum is on the right, after the crosswalk. Lot parking is available in the next block. 

From the West or South:

From I-40 / I-440 E, take Exit 298-B, South Saunders Street (and U.S. 401, North). Keep right and proceed northbound; the street name will change to McDowell Street. Proceed north for approximately 1 mile and turn right onto Jones Street. Go 2 blocks. The museum is on the right, after the crosswalk. Lot parking is available in the next block. 



Click here to view a parking map for visitors.

Reminder: When the General Assembly is in session, parking can be difficult. Please allow enough time to park prior to the event.



Click here to download a Hotel Guide for Downtown Raleigh. 

Thank you to all of our generous sponsors for the second annual Rural Day! If you are interested in sponsoring the 2018 Rural Day please contact Liz McFarlane. 

NC Farm Bureau Foundation NC State Cooperative Extension
Randolph Cloud & Associates NC East Alliance
ECC Technologies Blue Ridge National Heritage Area Partnership


2018 Sponsorships

Liz McFarlane, Director of Development | 919.250.4314

Legislative Visits


Make your voice heard! Schedule one-on-one meetings with your representatives Wednesday, May 30.

Who represents you? Click here to see our Advocacy Toolkit to help you find your representative.


NC Legislative Building
16 West Jones Street
Raleigh, NC 27601


Jenny Grant, Event Coordinator | 919.212.4226



Todd Brantley, Senior Director of Public Affairs | 919.250.4314


Limited scholarships for Rural Day available, please contact Jenny Grant.