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Most publications may be downloaded in PDF version for personal use for free. To order print copies, please submit an order form with your check. For questions, contact the Office of Communications at 919-250-4314.

 

 Agriculture

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North Carolina’s Equine Industry: Findings and Recommendations

(2009)

This report summarizes the findings and recommendations of a study authorized by the N.C. General Assembly to determine the equine industry's economic impact and to identify opportunities for growth. Among the findings: the industry contributes nearly $2 billion to the state’s economy annually. 18 pages. Out of print. Download PDF.

 

 

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North Carolina Agriculture: Regional Perspectives (2009)

The report examines farming in each of North Carolina's seven economic development regions. It provides basic facts about agriculture in each region, opinions about the state of farming from farmers and extension agents, and recommendations for strengthening agriculture in each region. 22 pages. Print, $10. Download PDF, free.

 

 

The Impact of Economic and Political Developments on North Carolina’s Tobacco Farm Workers (2008)

This report examines the repercussions of the 1998 tobacco settlement and end of the quota system on livelihoods of tobacco farm workers. It examines the issues against the recent history of tobacco farm workers; explores who makes up the tobacco farm work force; identifies further challenges and opportunities facing North Carolina farm workers; and suggests areas for public policy consideration. 122 pages. Download PDF, free.


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Fertile Ground: North Carolina leaders speak out on the future of agriculture (2006)

Twenty farm leaders from throughout the state discuss their own history in agriculture, the current agricultural climate and future prospects for the industry. 90 pages. Download PDF, free.


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Business and Entrepreneurship

Waste Not, Want Not, Profit More (2011)

This guidebook is designed to help small business owners begin to think about practical, low-cost steps to waste not, want not and profit more. Download PDF, free.

 

Fueling Your Business in North Carolina: A Guide to Financing for Small Businesses (updated 2011)

This guide explains:

• What you need to do before looking for money

• What kinds of financing exist

• How to obtain a loan

• What any lender/investor wants to see from you

• What those financing terms mean

This guide is designed to put you in the “driver’s seat” to create a plan that will help you find money to start or expand a business. Download PDF, free.


Creating Entrepreneurial Communities series

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  • Profiles of high-growth entrepreneurs in rural North Carolina (2007) Twenty high-growth rural entrepreneurs discuss their struggles and successes. 20 pages.
    Download PDF, free.
  • Facts about high-growth entrepreneurs in rural North Carolina (2006) Based on a statewide survey, this report reveals some surprising conclusions about rural entrepreneurs. 12 pages. Download PDF, free.
  • Lessons from 10 rural demonstrations in North Carolina (2006) In 2004 and 2005, the Rural Center and N.C. Department of Commerce collaborated on a project encouraging entrepreneurial development in 10 communities across the state. This report documents the results. 12 pages.
    Download PDF, free. 

Small Business 101: Why financial literacy is critical to small business success (2005)

After examining four years worth of loan applications, decisions and outcomes from the N.C. Microenterprise Loan Program, Rural Center staff concluded that a lack of financial literacy is a major stumbling block to securing a loan and to operating a successful business. This brief report also includes a survey of financial education programs available in North Carolina. 8 pages. Download PDF, free. 

 

Funding Sources

North Carolina Rural Resource Guide (2010)

The guide profiles nearly 200 agencies and organizations that offer financial and technical assistance to rural North Carolina communities. It contains detailed information on available grants and loans, information resources, and training and educational programs. Sources include federal and state agencies, nonprofits, foundations, businesses, colleges and universities, and local organizations. Print, $15. An online, searchable version of the guide is available here. 340 pages.

 

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Funding Our Rural Future: Creating vibrant communities through homegrown philanthropy (2010)

This four-part report examines the potential for homegrown philanthropy to become a significant tool for community and economic development. It includes: 1) an overview rural philanthropy and community foundations, 2) an examination, county by county, of the likely intergenerational transfer of wealth in rural counties and prospects for capturing some of that wealth for community use, 3) profiles of successful rural philanthropy initiatives and 4) a directory of rural philanthropy resources. 53 pages. Print, $10. Download PDF, free 

 

Rural Economy

rural profile cover smallNorth Carolina Rural Profile (2013)

Overflowing with charts, graphs and statistics on the top economic and social trends affecting rural North Carolina, the Profile is a must for anyone seeking to improve rural life in our state. Print, $10. Download PDF, free.

  

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Our Manufacturing Future: Toward a More Prosperous Rural Future (2013)

After decades of decline, manufacturing is showing signs of renewal. This report cites growing reasons for optimism about the future of manufacturing, calls for establishment of the North Carolina Manufacturing Council and provides new insights to guide the work of policy makers and economic developers. Print, $10. Download PDF, free.

 

New Life, New Purpose: Creating Economic Advantage through Building Reuse and Restoration (2012)

The Rural Center's Building Reuse and Restoration Grants Program helps rural communities maximize the economic potential of existing structures. Since the program was launched in 2004, it has assisted 310 building project through $52 million grants. These projects have leveraged $732 million in additional investments, put 390 businesses into project buildings and created more than 8,000 jobs. Includes 16 examples of successful projects, ranging from manufacturing expansions to health care and retail stores. Print, $10. Download PDF, free.

 

Living on the Margins series

Publications may be ordered individually ($10 each) or as a set ($25 for all three).

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    • Rural North Carolina in the Aftermath of the Great Recession (2011) This report highlights compelling data on the challenges for those living in poverty and near-poverty, including long-term trends and the effects of the recession. Print, $10. Download PDF, free.  
    • Asset-Building Strategies for Low-Income Families (2011) More than 30 projects with potential for implementation in rural communities.  Print, $10. Download PDF, free. 
    • A Guidebook for Connecting Individuals to Opportunity (2011) This workbook  guides community groups seeking to connect low-income individuals with economic development opportunties. It will be most effective if the process is led by a trained facilitator. Print, $10. Download PDF, free. 

Small Towns

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 Small Towns Action Agenda: Priority Recommendations from the Small Towns Action Council (2009)

This 17-point plan recommends steps to help small towns bolster their fiscal capacity and build their economies. The recommendations stem from more than three years of work by the Small Towns Action Council, whose members include public officials and representatives of nonprofits and educational institutions. 30 pages. Print, $10. Download PDF, free.

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Small Towns, Big Ideas: Case Studies in Small Town Community Economic Development (2009)

Small Towns, Big Ideas documents the stories of 45 small towns that are surviving – and in some cases thriving – as hubs of civic and economic activity. It tells how these towns planned and implemented economic development strategies, describes the challenges they’ve had to overcome and explains why their strategies are working. 244 pages. Out of print. Download PDF, free.
 
 

Clean Water
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 Water 2030 series (2006)

  • Impact of the 1998 Clean Water Bonds

    In 1998, North Carolina voters approved $800 million in bonds to help communities install or make repairs and updates to water and sewer systems. This report documents where the money went, how it was used and the needs it answered. 12 pages. Download PDF, free.

  • Trends in Water and Sewer Financing

    The Rural Center charted annual financing for water and sewer projects statewide for the years 1995 through 2005. 12 pages. Download PDF, free.

  • Water, Sewer and Stormwater Capital Needs, 2005-2030

    A detailed study reveals $16.6 billion in needed investments in clean water infrastructure statewide by the year 2030. It includes county-by-county assessments. 20 pages. Download PDF, free.

  • Water 2030 Conclusions and Recommendations

    This summary hits the highlights of the Water 2030 research findings and recommends measures for answering documented needs. 6 pages. Download PDF, free.



Workforce

newstart041610Help for dislocated workers: Local nonprofits team with workforce agencies to help laid-off workers survive, find new jobs (2009)

From 2004 through 2007, the Rural Center conducted a multi-site demonstration project testing ways local communities can fill the gaps left by traditional workforce programs. This Findings Report describes the project and its outcomes. 6 pages. Download PDF, free.

The Impact of Economic and Political Developments on North Carolina’s Tobacco Farm Workers (2008)

This report examines the repercussions of the 1998 tobacco settlement and end of the quota system on livelihoods of tobacco farm workers. It places the issues against the recent history of tobacco farm workers; explores who makes up the tobacco farm work force; identifies further challenges and opportunities facing North Carolina farm workers; and suggests areas for public policy consideration. 122 pages. Download PDF, free.

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Back on Track: 16 Promising Practices to Help Dislocated Workers, Businesses and Communities (2006)

Some of the nation’s more successful programs helping workers find new jobs at decent wages are profiled. The report is based on research by CFED on behalf of the Rural Center. 76 pages. Download PDF, free.

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Gaining a Foothold: An Action Agenda to Aid North Carolina’s Dislocated Workers (2005)

This report describes the characteristics and experiences of rural and urban dislocated workers in North Carolina and examines federal and state policy issues related to services for dislocated workers. It was developed by the Rural Center in collaboration with leaders of about 15 major public and nonprofit organizations involved in workforce development, economic development and human services in North Carolina. 48 pages. Download PDF, free.

 

Youth Engagement

Young and Rural: A snapshot of Rural North Carolina's New Generation (2011)

In many rural counties, the dwindling number of young people has created crisis proportions. In 16 rural counties, the young adult population has declined by more than 20 percent since 1990. This report documents the disturbing trend, the forces driving it and the results of a survey of more than 15,000 middle and high school students. Out of print. Download PDF, free.

 
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North Carolina Youth Engagement Resource Guide (2011)

This book includes information that can lead to grant, scholarship, volunteer and networking opportunities. The guide concentrates on nonprofit and governmental resources to engage youth in a meaningful way. Print, $15. Contents may be searched through the free, online Rural Resource Guide.

 
 

 

    Rural Routes Archives

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    Download past issues of the Rural Center’s newsletters in PDF format (typical file size less than 3MB).

    Winter 2012

    Contents: Forum highlights • Rural Center unwraps New Generation Initiative • Grants aid farmers • NC STEP to add towns • Pros lend expertise • Entrepreneurs gather • Seeking proposals for several grant programs

    Spring/Summer 2011

    Contents: NC-CAP eases lending process to get businesses back on track after recession • From shrimp 'n' grits to fishing lures: loans keep cash registers ringing • From laid off to career ready • Building assets • Freshly minted leaders • Livestock center opens • Ramping Up at the forum • Job creations boosted

    Summer/Fall 2010

    Contents: Partnerships benefit rural communities • 5 agencies make $18 million available for farm energy, market innovation projects • 7 partners, $6 million to create rural jobs, improve health care • Making connections • Rural economy • Water-sewer policy • NC STEP expansion • Get REDI

     

    Spring 2010

    Contents: N.C. Secretary of Commerce Keith addresses leadership program graduation/homecoming  • Six stories of leadership graduates using training to transform their communities • Local foods as economic driver • 2010 Rolling Workshop in pictures

    Winter 2010

    Contents: 600-plus attend Rural Partners Forum, explore ways to finance development • Center study sees philanthropy as potential tool for rural development • Small Business Assistance Fund to make $27.5 million available in small business loans • Lambeth steps down as center’s board chair after six years • Initiative creates jobs, boosts health care services • Project helps local groups meet needs of unemployed workers • Rutherford County innovator recognized for connecting farmers, area restaurants

    Summer 2009

    Contents: New projects aim to help rural communities recover • Seven things rural communities can do now to promote a better future • Legislature goes to bat for rural communities • Rural N.C. counties collaborate to boost small businesses • Project GATE: Self-employment provides a solution when job losses add up • Small towns make progress

    Fall 2008

    Contents: Recession looks to be long and deep • Rural Center grant programs multiply state investment • Rural Venture Fund invests in seven rural companies • Rural Partners Forum showcases new ideas • Service Corps to give small towns a hand with development • Rural Center board members are profiled in a special section

    Spring 2007

    Contents: North Carolina lays framework to become “the entrepreneurial state” •

    Development initiative encourages entrepreneurship among American Indians •

    Mount Gilead honors native son Julius Chambers

    Fall 2006

    Contents: Innovation provides the key to global competitiveness, speakers tell the Rural Partners Forum • Business Area Redevelopment Program ties flood recovery to economic development in eight mountain counties • Conservation Fund helps the underserved become stewards of the land and reclaim their identity • Sallie Surface is named Outstanding Rural Leader for 2006

    Spring 2006 No. 2

    Contents: Local celebrations kick off the N.C. Small Town Economic Prosperity program (N.C. STEP) in 20 communities across the state • General Assembly boosts funding for low-wealth schools, teachers’ salaries and community colleges • Rural Center breaks ground on a new conference and training facility

    Spring 2006 No. 1

    Contents: Findings from the Water 2030 Initiative raise questions about how North Carolina will pay for needed improvements to water, sewer and stormwater systems •

    N.C. Economic Infrastructure Fund keeps some businesses alive and puts vacant buildings to productive use again • N.C. Clean Water Management Trust Fund celebrates 10 years and 800 projects alleviating water-quality problems • Second phase of Project New Start promises to help more dislocated workers find jobs

    Fall 2005

    Contents: Center launches Small Towns Initiative • Graham County kitchen joins value-added food processing facilities • HandMade in America elevates western North Carolina's crafts industry

    Summer 2005

    Contents: Center awards more than $4 million to redevelop flood-damaged business areas in seven western counties • Historic legislative session ends with money for rural jobs, infrastructure, schools on the way • 17 Capital Access Program marks 10 years of growing small businesses, $60 million in loans

    Spring-Summer 2005

    Contents: Report urges help on federal, state levels to ease plight of dislocated workers •

    North Carolina team wins $2million Kellogg grant • 17 western communities awarded grants for flood-damaged business areas

    Winter-Spring 2005

    Contents: Board approves Economic Infrastructure Fund Grants • Center awards last of '98 Clean Water Bonds • Water 2030: State facing $15 billion in water and sewer needs

    Fall 2004

    Contents: Center, legislative leaders announce $14.6 million investment to create jobs, shore up rural infrastructure • N.C. Economic Infrastructure Fund Awards • From our Forum Speakers... • Ribbon-cutting ceremony celebrates N.C.'s powerful small businesses

    Summer 2004

    Contents: Summit spurs discussion, new agenda on behalf of North Carolina’s dislocated workers • Center's board approves $10.7 million for water/sewer improvements • Grants program has community approach to entrepreneurship • Project New start offers return to normalcy for dislocated workers

    Spring 2004

    Contents: North Carolina is one of the most Internet savvy states in the nation • Telecenter expansion at the heart of future connectivity efforts (5.7 MB)

    Winter 2004

    Contents: Center to lead $2 million water resources study • North Carolina Business Alliance off to strong start • Sewer systems bring small towns back to life • Workshops guide communities toward building entrepreneur-friendly environment

    Fall 2003

    Contents: Institute for Rural Entrepreneurship to grow small businesses statewide • NCCBI president delivers keynote address at 2003 Rural Partners Forum and other forum highlights • Rural Center board elects Lambeth chairman • Isabel’s brutal path through eastern North Carolina devastates poorest counties

    Summer 2003

    Contents: ‘It’s all about jobs’: Rural Center holds regional economic development forums across the state •  North Carolina lawmakers renew their commitment to high-speed Internet service • Telecenters bring high-tech hope to North Carolina’s most rural areas • Clean water projects get needed boost in rural communities with $19.9 million in grants

    Spring 2003

    Contents: From micro to millions: Center’s Micro Loan Program recognizes small businesses that have made it big • Regional development proposals target rural Southeast • IDA Collaborative supports asset-building organizations • Center’s leadership institute honored for innovation by Southern Growth Policies Board • Rural Economic Development Institute graduates 32 community leaders

    Fall 2002/Winter 2003

    Contents: New Capital Access Program to provide $100 million in small business loans throughout rural North Carolina • Easley details stronger rural-urban bonds in 'One North Carolina' plan • Forum hosts Dr. Johnetta Cole, president of historic Bennett College • Policy Leaders face challenges confronting state, outline best changes for success • Civic Ventures Fund aims to keep rural communities alive and thriving

    Summer 2002 (not available)

    Contents: N.C. biotech industry to receive $85.4 million from Golden LEAF Foundation • Small coastal towns face dwindling ground water reserves • Microenterprise Loan Program finds success one small business at a time • Rural communities fall behind in race to catch up to new economy, report finds

    Spring 2002

    Contents: Innovative ideas needed to lift up hard-hit communities • Plant closings leave 10 towns holding the bill for water-sewer expenses • State, national leaders respond to rural recession with money, new policy initiatives • Congress passes farm bill • $5.04 million in water and sewer grants to boost economic development

    Winter 2002

    Contents: N.C. to lead nation in statewide web connectivity • Rural Internet Access Authority announces action plan for e-NC • Rural Forum speaker highlights • Faith Partnerships, Inc. strikes out with new mission • Burley Marketing Center a success during first season

    A rural development model to watch - Kenaf Project

    Summer/Fall 2001

    Contents: Rural Center awards more than $19 million in water and sewer grants • Rural Internet Access Authority holds statewide meeting via satellite • Rural Center plans first-of-its-kind tobacco marketing center in western North Carolina • Hurricane Floyd relief funds delivered to farmers

    Winter/Spring 2001

    Contents: Authority to bring Internet access to rural North Carolina • March conference focuses on faith-based service • Consortium to document agriculture’s role in state • Farmers line up for hurricane relief • Rural Center supports regional approach to water use plan

    Fall 2000

    Contents: Hunt, Carlisle say technology, innovative thinking keys to rural economic success • Rural Partners Forum showcases promising rural development initiatives •

    Ann Woodford named Rural Leader of the Year

    Summer 2000

    Contents: Rural issues get attention of 2000 General Assembly • Residents of tobacco-dependent communities voice concerns • Golden LEAF taking shape, accepting applications • Hall pleased with progress of Floyd recovery effort • Creating a real downtown, lofty goal of fledgling town• Rural Center board adds reservations about electric deregulation

    Fall 1999

    Contents: Hall helps craft request for $1.86 billion lifeline • Cooperation, local leadership are the keys to recovery, say others who've been through devastating floods • Statewide task force stays on track as floods intensify woes in east • Voices from the flood • Emergency relief: where to go for help • Center adjusts programs, pick up new roles and partners

    Spring/Summer 1999

    Contents: New program tests ways to encourage self-sufficiency • Applications due July 30 for water-sewer grants • Oxford Partnership puts people on the road • Handmade project helps small towns accomplish a lot with scarce resources

     

    Winter/Spring 1999

    Contents: Rural Center study to detail ramifications of tobacco settlement • Efforts under way to improve accuracy of Census • Churches challenged to be watchdogs for the poor •

    Microenterprise program earns a "star" from SBA

    Fall 1998

    Contents: 'Clean Water' report documents crumbling pipes, limited financing in rural North Carolina • Agencies move quickly to make bond funds available for water, sewer, gas project • Local and state leaders rally support for bonds • Schools reap high-end computers as students gain high-tech skills

    Summer 1998

    Contents: One billion dollars in the balance: water-sewer and gas bonds go onto November 3 ballot • Electric rates not hurting state's industry, report says • Uniform maker turns plant into model for rural innovation • Region earns an 'A' for cooperation as Info Highway site goes on line

    Spring 1998

    Contents: Senate approves bill to send water, sewer, gas bonds to the voters in November 1998 • Community celebrates clean water from the tap • Treating sewage, naturally • Carlisle sees promise of rural progress

    Winter 1998

    Contents: Amid uncertainties, Rural Center cautious on electric restructuring • Rural leaders urged to take part in public hearings • Pilot project targets loans for construction

    Fall 1997

    Forum speakers outline nine challenges facing rural North Carolina • Workshop highlights • Simpson recognized as outstanding leader


    Contents: Governor Beverly Perdue announces $18.4 million in programs for N.C. farmers • Funding for a second year of Rural Hope announced • Broadband technology as an essential component of a strong North Carolina economy • State water policies move forward • Employment numbers show lingering effects of recession • 11 towns join NC STEP

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    Welcome to the Publications Catalog. Here you'll find a range of newsletters, fact sheets and reports that focus on rural trends and issues, as well as on the work of the Rural Center.

     

    Most are available for downloading in PDF format, a file format that can be read in Adobe Acrobat. (Download free copy of Acrobat Reader.) To order print copies, please print out and complete our order form and submit it with your check.

     

    Recent Releases 


    rural profile cover smallNorth Carolina Rural Profile (2013)

    Overflowing with charts, graphs and statistics on the top economic and social trends affecting rural North Carolina, the Profile is a must for anyone seeking to improve rural life in our state. Print copy, $10. Download PDF, free.



    manufacturing cover-100Our Manufacturing Future: Toward a More Prosperous Rural Future (2013)

    After decades of decline, manufacturing is showing signs of renewal. This report cites growing reasons for optimism about the future of manufacturing, calls for establishment of the North Carolina Manufacturing Council and provides new insights to guide the work of policy makers and economic developers. Print copy, $10. Download PDF  free.

     


    building-reuseNew Life, New Purpose: Creating Economic Advantage through Building Reuse and Restoration (2012)

    The Rural Center's Building Reuse and Restoration Grants Program helps rural communities maximize the economic potential of existing structures. Since the program was launched in 2004, it has assisted 310 building project through $52 million grants. These projects have leveraged $732 million in additional investments, put 390 businesses into project buildings and created more than 8,000 jobs. Includes 16 examples of successful projects, ranging from manufacturing expansions to health care and retail stores. Print copy, $10. Download PDF free.



    Young and Rural: A snapshot of Rural North Carolina's New Generation (2011)

    In many rural counties, the dwindling number of young people has created crisis proportions. In 16 rural counties, the young adult population has declined by more than 20 percent since 1990. This report documents the disturbing trend, the forces driving it and the results of a survey of more than 15,000 middle and high school students. Out of print. Download PDF, free.


    youthengagementNorth Carolina Youth Engagement Resource Guide (2011)

    This book includes information that can lead to grant, scholarship, volunteer and networking opportunities.

    The guide concentrates on nonprofit and governmental resources to engage youth in a meaningful way. Print copy, $15. The content also has been made part of the free, online Rural Resource Guide.

     
     

    wastenotWaste Not, Want Not, Profit More (2011)

    This guidebook is designed to help small business owners begin to think about practical, low-cost steps to waste not, want not and profit more. Download PDF, free.

     

     

    Living on the Margins series

    marginsRural North Carolina in the Aftermath of the Great Recession (2011) This report highlights compelling data on the challenges for those living in poverty and near-poverty, including long-term trends and the effects of the recession. Print, $10. Download PDF, free.                                   

     

    Asset-Building Strategies for Low-Income Families (2011) More than 30 projects with potential for implementation in rural communities. Print, $10. Download PDF, free.                                                                          

                       

    A Guidebook for Connecting Individuals to Opportunity (2011) This workbook guides community groups seeking to connect low-income individuals with economic development opportunties. It will be most effective if the process is led by a trained facilitator. Print, $10. Download PDF, free. 

     

    Special offer in print: Living on the Margins, 3 publication series, $25

     

    RRGcoverNorth Carolina Rural Resource Guide (2010)
    The guide profiles nearly 200 agencies and organizations that offer financial and technical assistance to rural North Carolina communities. It contains detailed information on available grants and loans, information resources, and training and educational programs. Sources include federal and state agencies, nonprofits, foundations, businesses, colleges and universities, and local organizations. Print, $15. An online, searchable version of the guide is available here. 340 pages. 

     


    PHIL1 Funding Our Rural Future: Creating vibrant communities through homegrown philanthropy (2010)

    This four-part report examines the potential for homegrown philanthropy to become a significant tool for community and economic development. It includes: 1) an overview rural philanthropy and community foundations, 2) an examination, county by county, of the likely intergenerational transfer of wealth in rural counties and prospects for capturing some of that wealth for community use, 3) profiles of successful rural philanthropy initiatives and 4) a directory of rural philanthropy resources. 53 pages. Print, $10. Download PDF. Free.

        

    3 - smalltownsaction_sm Small Towns Action Agenda: Priority Recommendations from the Small Towns Action Council (2009)
    This 17-point plan recommends steps to help small towns bolster their fiscal capacity and build their economies. The recommendations stem from more than three years of work by the Small Towns Action Council, whose members include public officials and representatives of nonprofits and educational institutions. 30 pages. Print, $10. Download PDF, free. 

     


    4 - smalltownsbigideas_sm Small Towns, Big Ideas: Case Studies in Small Town Community Economic Development (2009)
    Small Towns, Big Ideas documents the stories of 45 small towns that are surviving – and in some cases thriving – as hubs of civic and economic activity. It tells how these towns planned and implemented economic development strategies, describes the challenges they’ve had to overcome and explains why their strategies are working. 244 pages. Out of print. Download PDF, free.

     

     


    5 - equinestudy_sm North Carolina’s Equine Industry: Findings and Recommendations (2009)
    This report summarizes the findings and recommendations of a study authorized by the N.C. General Assembly to determine the equine industry's economic impact and to identify opportunities for growth. Among the findings: the industry contributes nearly $2 billion to the state’s economy annually. 18 pages. Out of print. Download PDF, free.

     

    6 - agperspectives_sm North Carolina Agriculture: Regional Perspectives (2009)
    The report examines farming in each of North Carolina's seven economic development regions. It provides basic facts about agriculture in each region, opinions about the state of farming from farmers and extension agents, and recommendations for strengthening agriculture in each region. 22 pages. Print, $10. Download PDF, free.

      
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     Agriculture

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    North Carolina’s Equine Industry: Findings and Recommendations

    (2009)

    This report summarizes the findings and recommendations of a study authorized by the N.C. General Assembly to determine the equine industry's economic impact and to identify opportunities for growth. Among the findings: the industry contributes nearly $2 billion to the state’s economy annually. 18 pages. Out of print. Download PDF.

     

     

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    North Carolina Agriculture: Regional Perspectives (2009)

    The report examines farming in each of North Carolina's seven economic development regions. It provides basic facts about agriculture in each region, opinions about the state of farming from farmers and extension agents, and recommendations for strengthening agriculture in each region. 22 pages. Print, $10. Download PDF, free.

     

     

    The Impact of Economic and Political Developments on North Carolina’s Tobacco Farm Workers (2008)

    This report examines the repercussions of the 1998 tobacco settlement and end of the quota system on livelihoods of tobacco farm workers. It examines the issues against the recent history of tobacco farm workers; explores who makes up the tobacco farm work force; identifies further challenges and opportunities facing North Carolina farm workers; and suggests areas for public policy consideration. 122 pages. Download PDF, free.


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    Fertile Ground: North Carolina leaders speak out on the future of agriculture (2006)

    Twenty farm leaders from throughout the state discuss their own history in agriculture, the current agricultural climate and future prospects for the industry. 90 pages. Download PDF, free.


    Return to the top of the page.

     

    Business and Entrepreneurship

    Waste Not, Want Not, Profit More (2011)

    This guidebook is designed to help small business owners begin to think about practical, low-cost steps to waste not, want not and profit more. Download PDF, free.

     

    Fueling Your Business in North Carolina: A Guide to Financing for Small Businesses (updated 2011)

    This guide explains:

    • What you need to do before looking for money

    • What kinds of financing exist

    • How to obtain a loan

    • What any lender/investor wants to see from you

    • What those financing terms mean

    This guide is designed to put you in the “driver’s seat” to create a plan that will help you find money to start or expand a business. Download PDF, free.


    Creating Entrepreneurial Communities series

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    • Profiles of high-growth entrepreneurs in rural North Carolina (2007) Twenty high-growth rural entrepreneurs discuss their struggles and successes. 20 pages.
      Download PDF, free.
    • Facts about high-growth entrepreneurs in rural North Carolina (2006) Based on a statewide survey, this report reveals some surprising conclusions about rural entrepreneurs. 12 pages. Download PDF, free.
    • Lessons from 10 rural demonstrations in North Carolina (2006) In 2004 and 2005, the Rural Center and N.C. Department of Commerce collaborated on a project encouraging entrepreneurial development in 10 communities across the state. This report documents the results. 12 pages.
      Download PDF, free. 

    Small Business 101: Why financial literacy is critical to small business success (2005)

    After examining four years worth of loan applications, decisions and outcomes from the N.C. Microenterprise Loan Program, Rural Center staff concluded that a lack of financial literacy is a major stumbling block to securing a loan and to operating a successful business. This brief report also includes a survey of financial education programs available in North Carolina. 8 pages. Download PDF, free. 

     

    Funding Sources

    North Carolina Rural Resource Guide (2010)

    The guide profiles nearly 200 agencies and organizations that offer financial and technical assistance to rural North Carolina communities. It contains detailed information on available grants and loans, information resources, and training and educational programs. Sources include federal and state agencies, nonprofits, foundations, businesses, colleges and universities, and local organizations. Print, $15. An online, searchable version of the guide is available here. 340 pages.

     

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    Funding Our Rural Future: Creating vibrant communities through homegrown philanthropy (2010)

    This four-part report examines the potential for homegrown philanthropy to become a significant tool for community and economic development. It includes: 1) an overview rural philanthropy and community foundations, 2) an examination, county by county, of the likely intergenerational transfer of wealth in rural counties and prospects for capturing some of that wealth for community use, 3) profiles of successful rural philanthropy initiatives and 4) a directory of rural philanthropy resources. 53 pages. Print, $10. Download PDF, free 

     

    Rural Economy

    rural profile cover smallNorth Carolina Rural Profile (2013)

    Overflowing with charts, graphs and statistics on the top economic and social trends affecting rural North Carolina, the Profile is a must for anyone seeking to improve rural life in our state. Print, $10. Download PDF, free.

      

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    Our Manufacturing Future: Toward a More Prosperous Rural Future (2013)

    After decades of decline, manufacturing is showing signs of renewal. This report cites growing reasons for optimism about the future of manufacturing, calls for establishment of the North Carolina Manufacturing Council and provides new insights to guide the work of policy makers and economic developers. Print, $10. Download PDF, free.

     

    New Life, New Purpose: Creating Economic Advantage through Building Reuse and Restoration (2012)

    The Rural Center's Building Reuse and Restoration Grants Program helps rural communities maximize the economic potential of existing structures. Since the program was launched in 2004, it has assisted 310 building project through $52 million grants. These projects have leveraged $732 million in additional investments, put 390 businesses into project buildings and created more than 8,000 jobs. Includes 16 examples of successful projects, ranging from manufacturing expansions to health care and retail stores. Print, $10. Download PDF, free.

     

    Living on the Margins series

    Publications may be ordered individually ($10 each) or as a set ($25 for all three).

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      • Rural North Carolina in the Aftermath of the Great Recession (2011) This report highlights compelling data on the challenges for those living in poverty and near-poverty, including long-term trends and the effects of the recession. Print, $10. Download PDF, free.  
      • Asset-Building Strategies for Low-Income Families (2011) More than 30 projects with potential for implementation in rural communities.  Print, $10. Download PDF, free. 
      • A Guidebook for Connecting Individuals to Opportunity (2011) This workbook  guides community groups seeking to connect low-income individuals with economic development opportunties. It will be most effective if the process is led by a trained facilitator. Print, $10. Download PDF, free. 

    Small Towns

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     Small Towns Action Agenda: Priority Recommendations from the Small Towns Action Council (2009)

    This 17-point plan recommends steps to help small towns bolster their fiscal capacity and build their economies. The recommendations stem from more than three years of work by the Small Towns Action Council, whose members include public officials and representatives of nonprofits and educational institutions. 30 pages. Print, $10. Download PDF, free.

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    Small Towns, Big Ideas: Case Studies in Small Town Community Economic Development (2009)

    Small Towns, Big Ideas documents the stories of 45 small towns that are surviving – and in some cases thriving – as hubs of civic and economic activity. It tells how these towns planned and implemented economic development strategies, describes the challenges they’ve had to overcome and explains why their strategies are working. 244 pages. Out of print. Download PDF, free.
     
     

    Clean Water
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     Water 2030 series (2006)

    • Impact of the 1998 Clean Water Bonds

      In 1998, North Carolina voters approved $800 million in bonds to help communities install or make repairs and updates to water and sewer systems. This report documents where the money went, how it was used and the needs it answered. 12 pages. Download PDF, free.

    • Trends in Water and Sewer Financing

      The Rural Center charted annual financing for water and sewer projects statewide for the years 1995 through 2005. 12 pages. Download PDF, free.

    • Water, Sewer and Stormwater Capital Needs, 2005-2030

      A detailed study reveals $16.6 billion in needed investments in clean water infrastructure statewide by the year 2030. It includes county-by-county assessments. 20 pages. Download PDF, free.

    • Water 2030 Conclusions and Recommendations

      This summary hits the highlights of the Water 2030 research findings and recommends measures for answering documented needs. 6 pages. Download PDF, free.



    Workforce

    newstart041610Help for dislocated workers: Local nonprofits team with workforce agencies to help laid-off workers survive, find new jobs (2009)

    From 2004 through 2007, the Rural Center conducted a multi-site demonstration project testing ways local communities can fill the gaps left by traditional workforce programs. This Findings Report describes the project and its outcomes. 6 pages. Download PDF, free.

    The Impact of Economic and Political Developments on North Carolina’s Tobacco Farm Workers (2008)

    This report examines the repercussions of the 1998 tobacco settlement and end of the quota system on livelihoods of tobacco farm workers. It places the issues against the recent history of tobacco farm workers; explores who makes up the tobacco farm work force; identifies further challenges and opportunities facing North Carolina farm workers; and suggests areas for public policy consideration. 122 pages. Download PDF, free.

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    Back on Track: 16 Promising Practices to Help Dislocated Workers, Businesses and Communities (2006)

    Some of the nation’s more successful programs helping workers find new jobs at decent wages are profiled. The report is based on research by CFED on behalf of the Rural Center. 76 pages. Download PDF, free.

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    Gaining a Foothold: An Action Agenda to Aid North Carolina’s Dislocated Workers (2005)

    This report describes the characteristics and experiences of rural and urban dislocated workers in North Carolina and examines federal and state policy issues related to services for dislocated workers. It was developed by the Rural Center in collaboration with leaders of about 15 major public and nonprofit organizations involved in workforce development, economic development and human services in North Carolina. 48 pages. Download PDF, free.

     

    Youth Engagement

    Young and Rural: A snapshot of Rural North Carolina's New Generation (2011)

    In many rural counties, the dwindling number of young people has created crisis proportions. In 16 rural counties, the young adult population has declined by more than 20 percent since 1990. This report documents the disturbing trend, the forces driving it and the results of a survey of more than 15,000 middle and high school students. Out of print. Download PDF, free.

     
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    North Carolina Youth Engagement Resource Guide (2011)

    This book includes information that can lead to grant, scholarship, volunteer and networking opportunities. The guide concentrates on nonprofit and governmental resources to engage youth in a meaningful way. Print, $15. Contents may be searched through the free, online Rural Resource Guide.

     
     

     

      Rural Routes Archives

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      Download past issues of the Rural Center’s newsletters in PDF format (typical file size less than 3MB).

      Winter 2012

      Contents: Forum highlights • Rural Center unwraps New Generation Initiative • Grants aid farmers • NC STEP to add towns • Pros lend expertise • Entrepreneurs gather • Seeking proposals for several grant programs

      Spring/Summer 2011

      Contents: NC-CAP eases lending process to get businesses back on track after recession • From shrimp 'n' grits to fishing lures: loans keep cash registers ringing • From laid off to career ready • Building assets • Freshly minted leaders • Livestock center opens • Ramping Up at the forum • Job creations boosted

      Summer/Fall 2010

      Contents: Partnerships benefit rural communities • 5 agencies make $18 million available for farm energy, market innovation projects • 7 partners, $6 million to create rural jobs, improve health care • Making connections • Rural economy • Water-sewer policy • NC STEP expansion • Get REDI

       

      Spring 2010

      Contents: N.C. Secretary of Commerce Keith addresses leadership program graduation/homecoming  • Six stories of leadership graduates using training to transform their communities • Local foods as economic driver • 2010 Rolling Workshop in pictures

      Winter 2010

      Contents: 600-plus attend Rural Partners Forum, explore ways to finance development • Center study sees philanthropy as potential tool for rural development • Small Business Assistance Fund to make $27.5 million available in small business loans • Lambeth steps down as center’s board chair after six years • Initiative creates jobs, boosts health care services • Project helps local groups meet needs of unemployed workers • Rutherford County innovator recognized for connecting farmers, area restaurants

      Summer 2009

      Contents: New projects aim to help rural communities recover • Seven things rural communities can do now to promote a better future • Legislature goes to bat for rural communities • Rural N.C. counties collaborate to boost small businesses • Project GATE: Self-employment provides a solution when job losses add up • Small towns make progress

      Fall 2008

      Contents: Recession looks to be long and deep • Rural Center grant programs multiply state investment • Rural Venture Fund invests in seven rural companies • Rural Partners Forum showcases new ideas • Service Corps to give small towns a hand with development • Rural Center board members are profiled in a special section

      Spring 2007

      Contents: North Carolina lays framework to become “the entrepreneurial state” •

      Development initiative encourages entrepreneurship among American Indians •

      Mount Gilead honors native son Julius Chambers

      Fall 2006

      Contents: Innovation provides the key to global competitiveness, speakers tell the Rural Partners Forum • Business Area Redevelopment Program ties flood recovery to economic development in eight mountain counties • Conservation Fund helps the underserved become stewards of the land and reclaim their identity • Sallie Surface is named Outstanding Rural Leader for 2006

      Spring 2006 No. 2

      Contents: Local celebrations kick off the N.C. Small Town Economic Prosperity program (N.C. STEP) in 20 communities across the state • General Assembly boosts funding for low-wealth schools, teachers’ salaries and community colleges • Rural Center breaks ground on a new conference and training facility

      Spring 2006 No. 1

      Contents: Findings from the Water 2030 Initiative raise questions about how North Carolina will pay for needed improvements to water, sewer and stormwater systems •

      N.C. Economic Infrastructure Fund keeps some businesses alive and puts vacant buildings to productive use again • N.C. Clean Water Management Trust Fund celebrates 10 years and 800 projects alleviating water-quality problems • Second phase of Project New Start promises to help more dislocated workers find jobs

      Fall 2005

      Contents: Center launches Small Towns Initiative • Graham County kitchen joins value-added food processing facilities • HandMade in America elevates western North Carolina's crafts industry

      Summer 2005

      Contents: Center awards more than $4 million to redevelop flood-damaged business areas in seven western counties • Historic legislative session ends with money for rural jobs, infrastructure, schools on the way • 17 Capital Access Program marks 10 years of growing small businesses, $60 million in loans

      Spring-Summer 2005

      Contents: Report urges help on federal, state levels to ease plight of dislocated workers •

      North Carolina team wins $2million Kellogg grant • 17 western communities awarded grants for flood-damaged business areas

      Winter-Spring 2005

      Contents: Board approves Economic Infrastructure Fund Grants • Center awards last of '98 Clean Water Bonds • Water 2030: State facing $15 billion in water and sewer needs

      Fall 2004

      Contents: Center, legislative leaders announce $14.6 million investment to create jobs, shore up rural infrastructure • N.C. Economic Infrastructure Fund Awards • From our Forum Speakers... • Ribbon-cutting ceremony celebrates N.C.'s powerful small businesses

      Summer 2004

      Contents: Summit spurs discussion, new agenda on behalf of North Carolina’s dislocated workers • Center's board approves $10.7 million for water/sewer improvements • Grants program has community approach to entrepreneurship • Project New start offers return to normalcy for dislocated workers

      Spring 2004

      Contents: North Carolina is one of the most Internet savvy states in the nation • Telecenter expansion at the heart of future connectivity efforts (5.7 MB)

      Winter 2004

      Contents: Center to lead $2 million water resources study • North Carolina Business Alliance off to strong start • Sewer systems bring small towns back to life • Workshops guide communities toward building entrepreneur-friendly environment

      Fall 2003

      Contents: Institute for Rural Entrepreneurship to grow small businesses statewide • NCCBI president delivers keynote address at 2003 Rural Partners Forum and other forum highlights • Rural Center board elects Lambeth chairman • Isabel’s brutal path through eastern North Carolina devastates poorest counties

      Summer 2003

      Contents: ‘It’s all about jobs’: Rural Center holds regional economic development forums across the state •  North Carolina lawmakers renew their commitment to high-speed Internet service • Telecenters bring high-tech hope to North Carolina’s most rural areas • Clean water projects get needed boost in rural communities with $19.9 million in grants

      Spring 2003

      Contents: From micro to millions: Center’s Micro Loan Program recognizes small businesses that have made it big • Regional development proposals target rural Southeast • IDA Collaborative supports asset-building organizations • Center’s leadership institute honored for innovation by Southern Growth Policies Board • Rural Economic Development Institute graduates 32 community leaders

      Fall 2002/Winter 2003

      Contents: New Capital Access Program to provide $100 million in small business loans throughout rural North Carolina • Easley details stronger rural-urban bonds in 'One North Carolina' plan • Forum hosts Dr. Johnetta Cole, president of historic Bennett College • Policy Leaders face challenges confronting state, outline best changes for success • Civic Ventures Fund aims to keep rural communities alive and thriving

      Summer 2002 (not available)

      Contents: N.C. biotech industry to receive $85.4 million from Golden LEAF Foundation • Small coastal towns face dwindling ground water reserves • Microenterprise Loan Program finds success one small business at a time • Rural communities fall behind in race to catch up to new economy, report finds

      Spring 2002

      Contents: Innovative ideas needed to lift up hard-hit communities • Plant closings leave 10 towns holding the bill for water-sewer expenses • State, national leaders respond to rural recession with money, new policy initiatives • Congress passes farm bill • $5.04 million in water and sewer grants to boost economic development

      Winter 2002

      Contents: N.C. to lead nation in statewide web connectivity • Rural Internet Access Authority announces action plan for e-NC • Rural Forum speaker highlights • Faith Partnerships, Inc. strikes out with new mission • Burley Marketing Center a success during first season

      A rural development model to watch - Kenaf Project

      Summer/Fall 2001

      Contents: Rural Center awards more than $19 million in water and sewer grants • Rural Internet Access Authority holds statewide meeting via satellite • Rural Center plans first-of-its-kind tobacco marketing center in western North Carolina • Hurricane Floyd relief funds delivered to farmers

      Winter/Spring 2001

      Contents: Authority to bring Internet access to rural North Carolina • March conference focuses on faith-based service • Consortium to document agriculture’s role in state • Farmers line up for hurricane relief • Rural Center supports regional approach to water use plan

      Fall 2000

      Contents: Hunt, Carlisle say technology, innovative thinking keys to rural economic success • Rural Partners Forum showcases promising rural development initiatives •

      Ann Woodford named Rural Leader of the Year

      Summer 2000

      Contents: Rural issues get attention of 2000 General Assembly • Residents of tobacco-dependent communities voice concerns • Golden LEAF taking shape, accepting applications • Hall pleased with progress of Floyd recovery effort • Creating a real downtown, lofty goal of fledgling town• Rural Center board adds reservations about electric deregulation

      Fall 1999

      Contents: Hall helps craft request for $1.86 billion lifeline • Cooperation, local leadership are the keys to recovery, say others who've been through devastating floods • Statewide task force stays on track as floods intensify woes in east • Voices from the flood • Emergency relief: where to go for help • Center adjusts programs, pick up new roles and partners

      Spring/Summer 1999

      Contents: New program tests ways to encourage self-sufficiency • Applications due July 30 for water-sewer grants • Oxford Partnership puts people on the road • Handmade project helps small towns accomplish a lot with scarce resources

       

      Winter/Spring 1999

      Contents: Rural Center study to detail ramifications of tobacco settlement • Efforts under way to improve accuracy of Census • Churches challenged to be watchdogs for the poor •

      Microenterprise program earns a "star" from SBA

      Fall 1998

      Contents: 'Clean Water' report documents crumbling pipes, limited financing in rural North Carolina • Agencies move quickly to make bond funds available for water, sewer, gas project • Local and state leaders rally support for bonds • Schools reap high-end computers as students gain high-tech skills

      Summer 1998

      Contents: One billion dollars in the balance: water-sewer and gas bonds go onto November 3 ballot • Electric rates not hurting state's industry, report says • Uniform maker turns plant into model for rural innovation • Region earns an 'A' for cooperation as Info Highway site goes on line

      Spring 1998

      Contents: Senate approves bill to send water, sewer, gas bonds to the voters in November 1998 • Community celebrates clean water from the tap • Treating sewage, naturally • Carlisle sees promise of rural progress

      Winter 1998

      Contents: Amid uncertainties, Rural Center cautious on electric restructuring • Rural leaders urged to take part in public hearings • Pilot project targets loans for construction

      Fall 1997

      Forum speakers outline nine challenges facing rural North Carolina • Workshop highlights • Simpson recognized as outstanding leader


      Contents: Governor Beverly Perdue announces $18.4 million in programs for N.C. farmers • Funding for a second year of Rural Hope announced • Broadband technology as an essential component of a strong North Carolina economy • State water policies move forward • Employment numbers show lingering effects of recession • 11 towns join NC STEP

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      Welcome to the Publications Catalog. Here you'll find a range of newsletters, fact sheets and reports that focus on rural trends and issues, as well as on the work of the Rural Center.

       

      Most are available for downloading in PDF format, a file format that can be read in Adobe Acrobat. (Download free copy of Acrobat Reader.) To order print copies, please print out and complete our order form and submit it with your check.

       

      Recent Releases 


      rural profile cover smallNorth Carolina Rural Profile (2013)

      Overflowing with charts, graphs and statistics on the top economic and social trends affecting rural North Carolina, the Profile is a must for anyone seeking to improve rural life in our state. Print copy, $10. Download PDF, free.



      manufacturing cover-100Our Manufacturing Future: Toward a More Prosperous Rural Future (2013)

      After decades of decline, manufacturing is showing signs of renewal. This report cites growing reasons for optimism about the future of manufacturing, calls for establishment of the North Carolina Manufacturing Council and provides new insights to guide the work of policy makers and economic developers. Print copy, $10. Download PDF  free.

       


      building-reuseNew Life, New Purpose: Creating Economic Advantage through Building Reuse and Restoration (2012)

      The Rural Center's Building Reuse and Restoration Grants Program helps rural communities maximize the economic potential of existing structures. Since the program was launched in 2004, it has assisted 310 building project through $52 million grants. These projects have leveraged $732 million in additional investments, put 390 businesses into project buildings and created more than 8,000 jobs. Includes 16 examples of successful projects, ranging from manufacturing expansions to health care and retail stores. Print copy, $10. Download PDF free.



      Young and Rural: A snapshot of Rural North Carolina's New Generation (2011)

      In many rural counties, the dwindling number of young people has created crisis proportions. In 16 rural counties, the young adult population has declined by more than 20 percent since 1990. This report documents the disturbing trend, the forces driving it and the results of a survey of more than 15,000 middle and high school students. Out of print. Download PDF, free.


      youthengagementNorth Carolina Youth Engagement Resource Guide (2011)

      This book includes information that can lead to grant, scholarship, volunteer and networking opportunities.

      The guide concentrates on nonprofit and governmental resources to engage youth in a meaningful way. Print copy, $15. The content also has been made part of the free, online Rural Resource Guide.

       
       

      wastenotWaste Not, Want Not, Profit More (2011)

      This guidebook is designed to help small business owners begin to think about practical, low-cost steps to waste not, want not and profit more. Download PDF, free.

       

       

      Living on the Margins series

      marginsRural North Carolina in the Aftermath of the Great Recession (2011) This report highlights compelling data on the challenges for those living in poverty and near-poverty, including long-term trends and the effects of the recession. Print, $10. Download PDF, free.                                   

       

      Asset-Building Strategies for Low-Income Families (2011) More than 30 projects with potential for implementation in rural communities. Print, $10. Download PDF, free.                                                                          

                         

      A Guidebook for Connecting Individuals to Opportunity (2011) This workbook guides community groups seeking to connect low-income individuals with economic development opportunties. It will be most effective if the process is led by a trained facilitator. Print, $10. Download PDF, free. 

       

      Special offer in print: Living on the Margins, 3 publication series, $25

       

      RRGcoverNorth Carolina Rural Resource Guide (2010)
      The guide profiles nearly 200 agencies and organizations that offer financial and technical assistance to rural North Carolina communities. It contains detailed information on available grants and loans, information resources, and training and educational programs. Sources include federal and state agencies, nonprofits, foundations, businesses, colleges and universities, and local organizations. Print, $15. An online, searchable version of the guide is available here. 340 pages. 

       


      PHIL1 Funding Our Rural Future: Creating vibrant communities through homegrown philanthropy (2010)

      This four-part report examines the potential for homegrown philanthropy to become a significant tool for community and economic development. It includes: 1) an overview rural philanthropy and community foundations, 2) an examination, county by county, of the likely intergenerational transfer of wealth in rural counties and prospects for capturing some of that wealth for community use, 3) profiles of successful rural philanthropy initiatives and 4) a directory of rural philanthropy resources. 53 pages. Print, $10. Download PDF. Free.

          

      3 - smalltownsaction_sm Small Towns Action Agenda: Priority Recommendations from the Small Towns Action Council (2009)
      This 17-point plan recommends steps to help small towns bolster their fiscal capacity and build their economies. The recommendations stem from more than three years of work by the Small Towns Action Council, whose members include public officials and representatives of nonprofits and educational institutions. 30 pages. Print, $10. Download PDF, free. 

       


      4 - smalltownsbigideas_sm Small Towns, Big Ideas: Case Studies in Small Town Community Economic Development (2009)
      Small Towns, Big Ideas documents the stories of 45 small towns that are surviving – and in some cases thriving – as hubs of civic and economic activity. It tells how these towns planned and implemented economic development strategies, describes the challenges they’ve had to overcome and explains why their strategies are working. 244 pages. Out of print. Download PDF, free.

       

       


      5 - equinestudy_sm North Carolina’s Equine Industry: Findings and Recommendations (2009)
      This report summarizes the findings and recommendations of a study authorized by the N.C. General Assembly to determine the equine industry's economic impact and to identify opportunities for growth. Among the findings: the industry contributes nearly $2 billion to the state’s economy annually. 18 pages. Out of print. Download PDF, free.

       

      6 - agperspectives_sm North Carolina Agriculture: Regional Perspectives (2009)
      The report examines farming in each of North Carolina's seven economic development regions. It provides basic facts about agriculture in each region, opinions about the state of farming from farmers and extension agents, and recommendations for strengthening agriculture in each region. 22 pages. Print, $10. Download PDF, free.

        
      Rural Routes

      Rural Routes

      Rural Routes, the newsletter of the N.C. Rural Economic Development Center, is not currently being published. You may download past issues from our archives (PDF format, typical file size less than 3MB).


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