Rural Economic Development Institute

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The future of rural North Carolina resides in the hands of leaders who can bring about positive change, especially during the most challenging economic times.

 

Since 1989, more than 900 North Carolinians have participated in the center’s annual signature rural economic development leadership training program – the Rural Economic Development Institute.

 

Graduates of the program become part of a larger alumni network of leaders. They also have the opportunity to participate in advanced training and continuing education.

 

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Frequently Asked Questions

How does the program work?
What does REDI offer?
Who is this leadership training for?
How much time does it take?
How do I enroll?
How much does it cost?
What other leadership opportunities are available?

How does the program work?

The Rural Economic Development Institute, or REDI, addresses leadership in two ways. The first provides participants with techniques that are designed to enhance their skills as community leaders. The second focuses on increasing participants' knowledge of economic and community development strategies and equipping them with the tools they need to tackle rural issues.
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What does REDI offer?

  • A comprehensive approach to economic development. The program highlights all aspects of economic development, including the four building blocks – business development, workforce development, physical infrastructure and civic and social infrastructure. In each of these areas, participants explore critical issues, emerging trends and promising strategies.

  • A high-quality curriculum. The program employs a curriculum that reflects current information on issues, trends, data, resources and cutting-edge theory and practice in leadership, strategic planning and emerging technologies.

  • Practical application learning. The training sessions and homework assignments afford participants opportunities to practice new leadership skills and apply what they learn to the problems and issues in their communities.

  • A participatory learning process. The institute brings people and knowledge together through a participatory learning process that is stimulating, challenging and fun. Participants not only learn from faculty members with extensive backgrounds in leadership training and community economic development, but also from one another, discovering new ways of thinking as they share information, experiences and challenges. The institute also features dynamic presenters from a range of academic institutions and economic and community development organizations.

  • Collaboration. A diverse class provides a forum for rural leaders to discuss issues from varying perspectives, explore regional and cultural differences, and problem-solve ways to overcome the barriers of race, age and socioeconomic status that are obstacles to economic and community development.

  • Networking. Participants develop a network of professional relationships and friendships that is fundamental to generating and sustaining rural development initiatives.

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Who is this leadership training for?

REDI is designed for rural leaders who are active in decision-making roles in their communities. The center accepts individuals with a high level of commitment. We also strive to select a class that reflects the diversity of rural North Carolina in terms of geography, race, gender, institutional setting and leadership roles. Elected and appointed officials, businessmen and women, professional staff in community and economic development, civic and grassroots leaders, and minorities are encouraged to apply.
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How much time does it take?

REDI consists of nine days of classes, three days at a time, over three months. In between classes, participants must complete homework assignments and are given the opportunity to put their skills into action back in their communities. In 2015, class will be held April 15-17, May 20-22 and June 10-12.

Graduation ceremonies are held during a formal luncheon on the last day of class. The luncheon gives participants the opportunity to celebrate three months of intensive work, professional growth and a new network of friends and colleagues.
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How do I enroll?
Participants are selected through a highly competitive process.

How much does it cost?
The tuition for 2015 is $650. Limited scholarships are available.
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What other leadership opportunities are available?
The Rural Center sponsors some advanced leadership workshops on selected topics for REDI graduates and others. In addition, several organizations across the state offer leadership training programs. Some of our graduates have even started training programs in their communities.
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Contact

Misty Herget, Senior Associate for Leadership Development

N.C. Rural Economic Development Center

4021 Carya Drive

Raleigh, NC 27610

Telephone: 919-250-4314

Fax: 919-250-4325