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LEADERSHIP

Leadership Training

Background

 

Successful communities the world over share one thing in common: local leaders willing and able to step up, understand issues, seize opportunities and work with others to effect change for the common good. North Carolina’s rural communities are no exception, and with the complex array of challenges before them, their need for effective leadership is greater than ever. The Rural Center is committed to building a base of strong, capable leaders to help improve the economy and quality of life of rural North Carolina.

DSC_5456small

 

This commitment led to the creation of the center’s signature leadership program, the Rural Economic Development Institute, in 1989. In the early years, a second program — the Rural Leaders Program — provided training to groups of leaders from a particular region or county.

 

The institute, or REDI as we often call it, is designed to build leadership capacity, broaden and deepen the rural leadership base, strengthen the ability of rural institutions to lead economic development initiatives and foster peer and professional relationships that are fundamental to generating such initiatives.

 

More than 1,000 rural leaders have graduated from the program and gone home to help lead their communities in a variety of capacities. Participants have included elected and appointed officials, businessmen and women, economic development professionals, civic and grassroots leaders and others. Graduates often credit the institute with their decision to run for office, accept appointments and spearhead organizations within their communities.

 

In addition, the center has committed to providing advanced training for REDI graduates. These one-day workshops focus on specific topics or skills important for addressing current issues.

 

As a complement to its intensive program of leadership development, the center conducts public outreach programs to ensure that a broad spectrum of North Carolina leaders is prepared to understand, embrace and advocate for critical rural policy change.

 

 

Rural Economic Development Organization

Advisory Board 2012 


Kathy Almond

Executive Director

Albemarle Downtown Development Corp.

 

Mark Bacon

Grant Consultant

Engineering Services, PA

 

Harold Barnes

Vice President

Goode Construction

 

Donald R. Belk

Regional Planner

BRAC Regional Task Force

 

Margie Brooks

Chairman, Board of Directors

Hyde County Community Development Corp.

 

Vicki Coggins

Executive Director

Albemarle Downtown Development Corp.

 

Martha Glass
Manager

Agritourism Office, N.C. Department of Agriculture

Barbara Greene

Vice President of Continuing Education

Cleveland Community College

 

Linda Gunn

Senior Vice President of Administrative Services

N.C. Institute of Minority Economic Development

 

Bonnie Lasky

Commissioner

Town of Boonville

 

Monita McLaurin

Chief Planner

N.C. Department of Commerce

 

Patricia Mitchell
Director of Economic Development

Ashe County Government

 

Cleve Simpson

Board Member

N.C. Rural Center 


Frank Wilson

Mayor

Town of Bolton



Rural Economic Development Institute

 REDI 2018 will be held March 13-15, April 10-12, and May 8-10. 

 

Apply Here 

 

 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 1,000 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.

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.
Return to top

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.

Return to top

 

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.
Return to top

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 webinars and homework assignments and are given the opportunity to put their skills into action back in their communities. In 2018, class will be held March 13-15, April 10-12 and May 8-10. 

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.
Return to top

How do I enroll?
After applying online, participants are selected through a highly competitive process. Application due January 15, 2018.

How much does it cost?
The tuition for 2018 is $1300. Limited scholarships are available.
Return to top

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.
Return to top

Download fact sheet

Contact

Misty Herget, Director of Leadership

N.C. Rural Economic Development Center

4021 Carya Drive

Raleigh, NC 27610

Telephone: 919-250-4314

Fax: 919-250-4325

 

 

Leadership Training

Rural Economic Development Organization

The Rural Economic Development Organization is the Rural Center’s leadership alumni association. REDO was established in 1989 by the first graduating class of the Rural Economic Development Institute.

Since 1989, more than 1,000 leaders have graduated from the institute and the Rural Leaders program, a local leadership training program conducted by the center in its early years. As this statewide leadership base continues to grow, we want to help all Rural Center leadership graduates —

  • continue to enhance their knowledge of economic development;
  • further their personal and professional growth through continuing education and training opportunities; and
  • maintain their connections with one another.

 

Eligibility

Graduates of the Rural Center's leadership development programs are automatically enrolled in REDO.

 

Benefits

All Rural Center leadership graduates who participate in REDO can expect to:

  • Connect with fellow graduates through regional caucuses and statewide events.
  • Participate in continuing education offered through the Rural Center. Alumni are encouraged to check the Rural Center’s website for upcoming sessions and provide ideas for training topics.
  • Learn about timely subjects relevant to rural economic development through speakers, panelists and workshops at our annual meeting.
  • Serve as ambassadors for rural North Carolina. Alumni will have the opportunity to engage with the Rural Center in addressing rural policy issues.

 

Cost

There is no annual membership fee to join REDO. Many alumni, however, support the REDO Scholarship Fund, which provides financial assistance to select REDI participants.

Oversight

REDO is managed by the Rural Center with the advice of a 14-member advisory board. The REDO board also encourages broad participation in alumni activities and raises money for the REDI scholarship fund. Advisory board members are appointed annually by the president of the Rural Center.


REDO Scholarship Fund

 

The REDO Scholarship Fund provides financial assistance to select REDI participants. You can make a donation by check using this form, or make a donation using your credit card at the levels ($25, $50, $100 or $200) below. To donate an amount other than those listed below, please contact Misty Herget.

 

To make a gift by credit card:

 

$200  Add gift to cart.

$100  Add gift to cart.

$50  Add gift to cart.

$25  Add gift to cart.

 

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

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LEADERSHIP

Leadership Training

Background

 

Successful communities the world over share one thing in common: local leaders willing and able to step up, understand issues, seize opportunities and work with others to effect change for the common good. North Carolina’s rural communities are no exception, and with the complex array of challenges before them, their need for effective leadership is greater than ever. The Rural Center is committed to building a base of strong, capable leaders to help improve the economy and quality of life of rural North Carolina.

DSC_5456small

 

This commitment led to the creation of the center’s signature leadership program, the Rural Economic Development Institute, in 1989. In the early years, a second program — the Rural Leaders Program — provided training to groups of leaders from a particular region or county.

 

The institute, or REDI as we often call it, is designed to build leadership capacity, broaden and deepen the rural leadership base, strengthen the ability of rural institutions to lead economic development initiatives and foster peer and professional relationships that are fundamental to generating such initiatives.

 

More than 1,000 rural leaders have graduated from the program and gone home to help lead their communities in a variety of capacities. Participants have included elected and appointed officials, businessmen and women, economic development professionals, civic and grassroots leaders and others. Graduates often credit the institute with their decision to run for office, accept appointments and spearhead organizations within their communities.

 

In addition, the center has committed to providing advanced training for REDI graduates. These one-day workshops focus on specific topics or skills important for addressing current issues.

 

As a complement to its intensive program of leadership development, the center conducts public outreach programs to ensure that a broad spectrum of North Carolina leaders is prepared to understand, embrace and advocate for critical rural policy change.

 

 

Rural Economic Development Organization

Advisory Board 2012 


Kathy Almond

Executive Director

Albemarle Downtown Development Corp.

 

Mark Bacon

Grant Consultant

Engineering Services, PA

 

Harold Barnes

Vice President

Goode Construction

 

Donald R. Belk

Regional Planner

BRAC Regional Task Force

 

Margie Brooks

Chairman, Board of Directors

Hyde County Community Development Corp.

 

Vicki Coggins

Executive Director

Albemarle Downtown Development Corp.

 

Martha Glass
Manager

Agritourism Office, N.C. Department of Agriculture

Barbara Greene

Vice President of Continuing Education

Cleveland Community College

 

Linda Gunn

Senior Vice President of Administrative Services

N.C. Institute of Minority Economic Development

 

Bonnie Lasky

Commissioner

Town of Boonville

 

Monita McLaurin

Chief Planner

N.C. Department of Commerce

 

Patricia Mitchell
Director of Economic Development

Ashe County Government

 

Cleve Simpson

Board Member

N.C. Rural Center 


Frank Wilson

Mayor

Town of Bolton



Rural Economic Development Institute

 REDI 2018 will be held March 13-15, April 10-12, and May 8-10. 

 

Apply Here 

 

 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 1,000 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.

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.
Return to top

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.

Return to top

 

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.
Return to top

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 webinars and homework assignments and are given the opportunity to put their skills into action back in their communities. In 2018, class will be held March 13-15, April 10-12 and May 8-10. 

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.
Return to top

How do I enroll?
After applying online, participants are selected through a highly competitive process. Application due January 15, 2018.

How much does it cost?
The tuition for 2018 is $1300. Limited scholarships are available.
Return to top

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.
Return to top

Download fact sheet

Contact

Misty Herget, Director of Leadership

N.C. Rural Economic Development Center

4021 Carya Drive

Raleigh, NC 27610

Telephone: 919-250-4314

Fax: 919-250-4325

 

 

Leadership Training

Rural Economic Development Organization

The Rural Economic Development Organization is the Rural Center’s leadership alumni association. REDO was established in 1989 by the first graduating class of the Rural Economic Development Institute.

Since 1989, more than 1,000 leaders have graduated from the institute and the Rural Leaders program, a local leadership training program conducted by the center in its early years. As this statewide leadership base continues to grow, we want to help all Rural Center leadership graduates —

  • continue to enhance their knowledge of economic development;
  • further their personal and professional growth through continuing education and training opportunities; and
  • maintain their connections with one another.

 

Eligibility

Graduates of the Rural Center's leadership development programs are automatically enrolled in REDO.

 

Benefits

All Rural Center leadership graduates who participate in REDO can expect to:

  • Connect with fellow graduates through regional caucuses and statewide events.
  • Participate in continuing education offered through the Rural Center. Alumni are encouraged to check the Rural Center’s website for upcoming sessions and provide ideas for training topics.
  • Learn about timely subjects relevant to rural economic development through speakers, panelists and workshops at our annual meeting.
  • Serve as ambassadors for rural North Carolina. Alumni will have the opportunity to engage with the Rural Center in addressing rural policy issues.

 

Cost

There is no annual membership fee to join REDO. Many alumni, however, support the REDO Scholarship Fund, which provides financial assistance to select REDI participants.

Oversight

REDO is managed by the Rural Center with the advice of a 14-member advisory board. The REDO board also encourages broad participation in alumni activities and raises money for the REDI scholarship fund. Advisory board members are appointed annually by the president of the Rural Center.


REDO Scholarship Fund

 

The REDO Scholarship Fund provides financial assistance to select REDI participants. You can make a donation by check using this form, or make a donation using your credit card at the levels ($25, $50, $100 or $200) below. To donate an amount other than those listed below, please contact Misty Herget.

 

To make a gift by credit card:

 

$200  Add gift to cart.

$100  Add gift to cart.

$50  Add gift to cart.

$25  Add gift to cart.

 

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

More Articles ...

  1. L&E Leadership & Engagement