Skip to content

Rural Economic Development Institute

The Rural Center undertakes a number of efforts to ensure that rural communities are equipped with skilled, committed, and informed leaders.

Since its inception, the Rural Center has recognized the vital importance of local leadership to the success of our state’s rural areas. The Center’s flagship leadership program, the Rural Economic Development Institute (REDI), has trained nearly 1,200 rural leaders. REDI offers participants collaborative leadership skills and rural development strategies to help them return home and make meaningful impact in their communities. In addition, 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.

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


REDI Graduation 2017

“REDI taught me that being a leader has less to do with titles and more to do with modeling the way, encouraging the heart, enabling others to act, and inspiring a shared vision, which anyone within an organization or community can do, without an official title or stereotypical position of leadership. 

Professionally, I have been asked by many communities to be a “change agent,” and, more often than not, one will find that people are afraid of change, but there are ways to ameliorate the stress associated with such. REDI equipped me with a diverse toolset to handle those efforts.”

Elton Daniels

Selma Town Manager, REDI XXII

Want to learn more?

Contact Misty Herget,
Senior Director of Programs


The REDI 2018 application period is now closed. Thank you to everyone who applied.