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June 2015 Newsletter

Rural Issues - Rural Voices
Rural Solutions

 

Defining a rural N.C. advocacy agenda: We need you!

Those of us who get up every morning thinking about how to best improve rural North Carolina are gratified by the ongoing discussions in the legislature and in newspapers on how to address North Carolina's uneven economic recovery.

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By Patrick Woodie
President
Connect with Patrick on Twitter @patrickwoodie


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Capturing the diversity of N.C.: Refining county classifications

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The Rural Center has long classified a rural county as having an average population density below 250 people per square mile. It is a simple, effective definition the center will continue to use. North Carolina, however, is no longer just a rural or urban state. We are refining the overall county classification to better reflect this reality.

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By Jason Gray
Senior Fellow, Research and Policy


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Rural Highlights of the House budget: The N.C. General Assembly at halftime

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Those of you who follow the biennial budget process are familiar with the progression: the governor proposes a budget and then the N.C. House (because it was its turn to start the process this year) passes a budget.

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By Patrick Woodie
President

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Rural Center lending program helps fund mountain bike park

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Outdoor recreation projects offer many benefits to a community, but are often difficult to finance with traditional funding sources. Using with a loan led by the National Capital Investment Fund, the soon-to-open Bailey Mountain Bike Park in Madision County will offer a destination that's perfect for downhill biking.

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By Tom Wall
Director, Small Business Credit Initiative

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Apply now for Rural Entrepreneurship Challenge startup funds

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The Farm Bureau ​Rural Entrepreneurship Challenge​ provides an opportunity for ​entrepreneurs​ to showcase ideas and business innovations being cultivated in rural ​regions. It is the first national business competition focused exclusively on rural entrepreneurs working on food and agriculture businesses.


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The Appalachian Regional Commission needs your input

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As ARC puts together its new strategic plan, it is asking for feedback from a broad range of community members in its region. To participate, take this short online survey.

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Leadership North Carolina application period is open

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Each year the LNC program selects a class of 50 to 60 current and emerging leaders from across the state through a competitive application process. 

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Register now for the Western Women's Business Center conference

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Join The Support Center for a day of enlightening business seminars, music and engaging takeaway activities featuring diverse speakers.

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www.ncruralcenter.org

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