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The Rural Center holds a Rural Partners Forum each fall and a variety of conferences and regional workshops throughout the year. Please click on an event below to learn more about opportunities to participate and to view presentations and handouts.


Rural Partners Forum


2012 Forum--Enterprising Communities: Transforming local resources into powerful economic assets


2011 Forum--Reimagine Rural: Transforming North Carolina's rural communities through youth engagement


2010 Forum--Ramping Up the Rural Economy: Five strategies to combat recession, grow jobs and create wealth in your community


2009 Forum--Funding Our Rural Future: Growing the Resources We Need to Create the Communities We Want


2008 Forum--Innovation: Pioneering Change in North Carolina's Rural Communities


2007 Forum--North Carolina Rural Leaders: Lighting the Way Forward


2006 Forum--Creating Rural Advantage: Small Places, Big Ideas, Global Reach


2005 Forum--Small Town, NC: Embracing Change, Taking Charge


2004 Forum--A New Day Dawning for North Carolina’s Rural Workers, Communities & Small Businesses



Statewide Briefings/Conferences


North Carolina Capital Access Program Regional Briefings


N.C. Small Towns Economic Prosperity Program graduation, 2009


Small Towns Economic Prosperity Program ceremony, 2008


Rural Roundtable Discussion: Dropout Prevention in N.C.'s Rural Communities, 2008


Entrepreneurship Summit, 2007


Small Towns Economic Prosperity Program, 2006


Water 2030 Conference, 2006


Rural Dislocated Worker Summit, 2004


Regional Meetings


Regional Forums, 2002


Regional Small Town Workshops, 2005