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Applications Open for NC Rural Center’s Homegrown Leaders Training Program in Eastern North Carolina

 
The application period for the NC Rural Center’s Homegrown Leaders training is open for individuals who live and/or work in the following counties in Eastern North Carolina: Edgecombe, Halifax, Hertford, Martin, Nash, Northampton, and Wilson.
 
Homegrown Leaders is a three-day program where participating rural leaders will gain an understanding of the importance of using a regional lens for developing long-term, sustainable solutions to common problems and for capitalizing on innovative opportunities for growth. Participants will also learn and apply skills needed to address the critical issues of racial equity, leadership, and economic development. 
 
The three-day training will be held virtually in order to protect the health and safety of participants, however, there will be daily small group discussions and reflections, as well as breakout topics on regional economic development priorities in order to help build and enrich the region’s leadership network.  
 
“Leadership development has been a core part of our work for more than 30 years,” said NC Rural Center President Patrick Woodie. “And now more than ever, our rural communities need leaders who can connect and collaborate across their regions.” 
 
Homegrown Leaders, which has previously operated in Western North Carolina, will hold a series of trainings over the next two years, covering a 42-county region in Eastern North Carolina. 
 
“Graduates of our Homegrown Leaders program will join our network of leadership alumni, which consists of alumni from all 100 counties in North Carolina,” said NC Rural Center Director of Leadership Bronwyn Lucas. 
 
The competitive application period opened today and will close on October 9. The registration fee is $150 and there are a limited number of scholarships available. Applicants accepted into the program will be notified on October 30, and the training will take place virtually on November 18-20.
 
“Our rural communities have changed a lot in the past few months, and our next generation of leaders will have an incredible task ahead of them,” said Lucas. “We know our leadership development work takes on an even more critical importance now, and we are looking forward to connecting, training, and collaborating with leaders in Eastern North Carolina.”
 
The Homegrown Leaders trainings in Eastern North Carolina are funded by the U.S. Economic Development Administration, the Anonymous Trust, the North Carolina Community Foundation, Smithfield Foods, the North Carolina Commission on Volunteerism and Community Service, and First National Bank.