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Legislative Tracker

Legislative Tracker

The Rural Center’s advocacy platform, Rural Counts: 10 Strategies for Rural North Carolina’s Future, presents a framework for creating a stronger rural economy in the context of a rapidly changing state. Within these strategies, the Rural Center will...

Innovative Rural Leadership: Paula Swepson-Avery

Innovative Rural Leadership: Paula Swepson-Avery

This is part five of a five-part series focused on innovative rural leadership in North Carolina. To read the other profiles in this series, go here. “I always thought what I thought was right and that everybody thought the same way as me. I’ve learned we can get to...

Innovative Rural Leadership: Bryan Thompson

Innovative Rural Leadership: Bryan Thompson

This is part three of a five-part series focused on innovative rural leadership in North Carolina. To read the other profiles in this series, go here. There are varying creative or even practical ways to address a thing, whatever that thing is, that issue, that...

Zero Barriers Policy Roundtables

Zero Barriers Policy Roundtables

The Rural Center's Advocacy Team completed a series of seven Zero Barriers Policy Roundtables in Robbinsville, Spruce Pine, Columbia, Henderson, Dobson, Troy, and Kenansville in October. These day-long sessions drew 145 rural advocates and featured a deep dive into...

Innovative Rural Leadership: Jesus Padilla

Innovative Rural Leadership: Jesus Padilla

This is part three of a five-part series focused on innovative rural leadership in North Carolina. To read the other profiles go here. I heard ‘rural’ and I knew I had to attend because that’s what I’m all about. -Jesus Padilla Jesus Padilla remembers what...

Jones Street Journal

Jones Street Journal

As the Session Turns Remember in October when the North Carolina General Assembly (NCGA) passed a historic appropriation totaling nearly $800 million in response to Hurricane Florence? And remember how legislators designated half of the appropriation then but put the...

Innovative Rural Leadership: Randolph Keaton

Innovative Rural Leadership: Randolph Keaton

What I've gained through REDI are connections. If I need something here in my rural community, I've got someone I can call on. -Randolph Keaton On any given weekday, in an unassuming building on Dream Avenue, men and women face computer screens to fill out...