Rural Economic Development Organization
The Rural Economic Development Organization is the Rural Center’s leadership alumni association. REDO was established in 1989 by the first graduating class of the Rural Economic Development Institute.
Since 1989, more than 800 leaders have graduated from the institute and the Rural Leaders program, a local leadership training program conducted by the center in its early years. As this statewide leadership base continues to grow, we want to help all Rural Center leadership graduates —
- continue to enhance their knowledge of economic development;
- further their personal and professional growth through continuing education and training opportunities; and
- maintain their connections with one another.
Graduates of the Rural Center's leadership development programs are automatically enrolled in REDO.
BenefitsAll Rural Center leadership graduates who participate in REDO can expect to:
- Connect with fellow graduates through regional caucuses and statewide events.
- Participate in continuing education offered through the Rural Center. Alumni are encouraged to check the Rural Center’s website for upcoming sessions and provide ideas for training topics.
- Learn about timely subjects relevant to rural economic development through speakers, panelists and workshops at our annual meeting.
- Serve as ambassadors for rural North Carolina. Alumni will have the opportunity to engage with the Rural Center in addressing rural policy issues.