Preparing leaders to bring about positive change
Leadership & Engagement
The Rural Center undertakes a number of efforts to ensure that rural communities are equipped with skilled, committed and informed leaders.
Our leadership development program is committed to building a base of strong, capable leaders to help improve the economy and quality of life of rural North Carolina. More than 1,000 North Carolinians have participated thus far, primarily through the program’s signature Rural Economic Development Institute. Advanced training programs help institute graduates and other leaders further hone their skills.
The New Generation Initiative provides rural communities with $3.6 million in resources to engage rural youth and young adults in the life of their communities, while fostering the next generation of rural business owners, skilled workers and economic and community leaders. The initiative includes programs encouraging entrepreneurship development, on-the-job training, leadership development and community service.
The N.C. Rural Economic Development Center has launched a $100,000 small business community loan fund in partnership with town leaders from seven small towns. The goal of the partnership is to encourage small business and entrepreneurial growth in a defined energy area predetermined by the local communities. For more information on STEP for Small Business Community Loan Fund, contact your local loan officer or the Rural Center staff for more information.
Misty Herget, Director of Leadership
N.C. Rural Economic Development Center
4021 Carya Drive
Raleigh, NC 27610