The N.C. Rural Center, in partnership with the Southwest Commission and Southwestern Community College, is offering Homegrown Leaders, a regional leadership training to up to 35 elected officials, government staff, nonprofit and faith-based leaders, business leaders, economic development professionals and other community-minded people working or living in Cherokee, Clay, Graham, Haywood, Jackson, Macon or Swain counties.
Homegrown Leaders will:
- Increase understanding of data and trends in your region.
- Increase understanding of comprehensive community economic development
- Teach skills in effective collaboration at the local and regional levels.
- Increase knowledge of resources available to your community and how to access them.
- Build a regional network of community leaders that promotes peer learning, resource sharing and collaboration
Homegrown Leaders is a regional extension of the Rural Center’s nine-day Rural Economic Development Institute (REDI), which takes a broader and deeper approach into rural economic development and leadership development.
Homegrown Leaders Fall 2016 Schedule:
- October 12 – Southwestern Community College, Sylva
- November 16 – Museum of the Cherokee Indian, Cherokee
- December 14 – Entegra Bank, Franklin