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Rural Routes Archives

ruralroutesspring2010

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

Ventures

Rural Routes Archives

ruralroutesspring2010

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