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From its very beginning, the Rural Counts advocacy program has been committed to taking its lead from the wisdom of local champions and Rural Center partners. 
After collaboratively developing our 10 strategies agenda in 2016, we spent a year on the road hosting listening sessions and visiting with leaders from each of the 80 counties we serve. Those conversations helped us articulate the top economic development priorities facing rural North Carolina: broadband, health, and small business development.
Now, it’s time to put meat on the bones of those issues and find solutions that will work for our entire state. 
We hope you will join us for (at least) one of seven Zero Barriers Regional Policy Roundtables this fall. These day-long sessions will feature in-depth discussions about each of our three top policy issues. We will present suggestions of policies that may make a difference, and then we want your feedback on what is good, what is bad, and what is missing. We will use your feedback to shape specific policy recommendations for the NC General Assembly to consider when it convenes for the 2019 session next January.
See below for the dates and locations of the roundtables. We hope you will join us for part or all of the day for the roundtable nearest to you! Registration is free but required. 
Wednesday, October 17 Eastern 4-H Center Columbia
(Tyrrell County)
Register Here
October 22
Perry Memorial Library

(Vance County)

Register Here
October 23
Surry Community College Dobson
(Surry County)
Register Here
October 24
Montgomery Community College Troy
(Montgomery County)
Register Here
October 31
James Sprunt Community College

(Duplin County)

Register Here
Each event will run from 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.* and feature 90-minute conversations about each of our three policy areas: broadband, health, and small business development. Breakfast, lunch, and snacks will be provided. 
*The Kenansville roundtable will follow an abbreviated agenda and focus on each topic within the context of disaster recovery. For details, please see the event’s registration page.
The detailed agenda for all events will be:
9:00 a.m. – 9:45 a.m. Breakfast & Networking
9:45 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. Welcome & Introductions
10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. Broadband
11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Lunch & Networking
12:30 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. Health
2:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. Break & Networking
2:30 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. Small Business
4:00 p.m. Closing