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About the Center


About the Rural Center

Our mission is to develop, promote and implement sound economic strategies to improve the quality of life of rural North Carolinians. We serve the state’s 80 rural counties, with a special focus on individuals with low to moderate incomes and communities with limited resources.


To fulfill our mission, the center operates multifaceted programs with four overarching goals:

  • Serve as the state’s rural policy leader and advocate
  • Develop strategies to bring about economic and social transformation
  • Deliver resources for rural people, businesses and communities
  • Equip rural leaders to succeed in the 21st century

The center is a private, nonprofit organization funded by both public and private sources and led by a board of directors.


More about the Center
     Guiding Vision
     Rural North Carolina
     Early History
     Funding Partners