News & Updates

Rural Day May 9th

Join us on Tuesday, May 9th, for our first-ever statewide Rural Day. Learn about the issues facing rural NC, meet with state leaders, network with other rural champions, and help put Rural NC's best foot forward!
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Community Allies for Disaster Recovery

On Tuesday, February 28th, the Rural Center and a group of partner organizations will host a training event for local nonprofit and grassroots leaders serving communities affected by Hurricane Matthew. The event will provide updates on immediate recovery needs, connect participants to experts and resources, and explore long-term community revitalization strategies. The gathering will kick-start a partnership between community leaders and the key agencies leading the recovery process.
We anticipate having limited space, so we are requesting interested participants complete an application to allow us to ensure representation from as many communities and organizations as possible. 
Thank you all for the overwhelming response to this event! Registration is now closed.
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 Post-Election Webinar December 15th

The Rural Center hosted the first in a series of ongoing advocacy webinars designed to inform and engage rural communities across the state. We introduced the center's new Advocacy Director, John Coggin, and analyzed the outcome of  the national and state election and the impact they may have on rural communities. We looked ahead at what we anticipated from upcoming sessions of the General Assembly and Congress. We discussed the status of long-term hurricane recovery packages at the federal and state levels (action anticipated in early to mid-December).  We also gave the latest information on court ordered legislative redistricting and the 2017 special election. 

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Letter to Congressional Delegation

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This week, the Rural Center hand-delivered letters to members of the North Carolina Congressional Delegation supporting federal emergency supplemental funding for disaster recovery. Hurricane Matthew made landfall on October 8th and record-breaking rainfall followed causing devastation for families, infrastructure, businesses, and whole communities. The letter outlines specific priorities including the Community Development Block Grant Disaster Recovery Fund, multiple USDA programs and other critical needs for recovery in eastern North Carolina. 

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Emergency Bridge Loan Program Activated for Small Businesses Impacted by Hurricane Matthew

Derria and Barry Dixon (left) are working to recover from flood Damage at the offices of Dixon Social Interactive Services in Kinston (right).

The Rural Center made the first loan from the N.C. Small Business Emergency Bridge Loan Program to Derria and Barry Dixon of Dixon Social Interactive Services. Dixon Social Interactive Services is a provider for Mental and Behavioral Health offering counseling, day treatment, and therapy to individuals as well as families with offices in Greenville, Kinston, New Bern, and Rocky Mount.

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Click here to apply for the Emergency Bridge Loan.


The 2016 N.C. Rural Assembly


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On behalf of the Board of Directors and the entire staff of the N. C. Rural Center, we want to thank you for making the 2016 N. C. Rural Assembly a success.  Our front porch conversation with rural leaders continued with great speakers, great resource organizations and presentations from the candidates seeking to lead our state in the years to come as Governor and United States Senator.  We managed to celebrate some rural success through our six annual award winners, and we even enjoyed a trip down memory lane with Andy, Barney and Aunt Bea as we previewed a new documentary on "The Real Mayberry".  It reminded us all of why we love and cherish our small rural North Carolina towns.  We'll be posting all our conference presentations and content online shortly, and we'll be sending you a survey seeking your feedback in helping us plan for the 2017 N. C. Rural Assembly.  It's less than a year away!


All the best from all of us,



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Check out our #RuralCounts download center

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The Rural Center has released its first-ever comprehensive advocacy agenda,
Rural Counts: 10 Strategies for North Carolina's Future.

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Rural Center impacts from the mountains to the coast

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2015 was an incredible year for the Rural Center. Among the highlights: $8 million in loans and investments; more than 1,100 hours of microenterprise training; nearly 3,000 hours of leadership training and 1,500 jobs created. 





Data snapshot: Median Household Income in North Carolina

MHI 2014Only nine counties in North Carolina exceed the national Median Household Income. Of these, three are rural.
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