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The NC Rural Center’s mission is to develop, promote, and implement sound economic strategies to improve the quality of life of rural North Carolinians.

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Marion elected new chair of Rural Center board of directors

Carl “Phil” Marion Jr. has been elected chair of the board of directors for the NC Rural Center for 2024. He is joined on the executive committee of the board by Sara Chester, vice chair; Yolanda Taylor, secretary; Paula Benson, treasurer; and Mike Hawkins, at-large member. Andy Anderson, chair of the board for Rural Center […] Leadership

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3.7 million in total population, as of 2022.
138 thousand rural business with fewer than 50 employees in 2021. Small Business
Over 1,500 alumni from our leadership programs, representing all 100 counties
Rural counties gross domestic product of 157 billion dollars for 2022 (in 2022 dollars).
The NC Rural Center has awarded over 1,000 loans through the SSBCI program, totaling more than $131 million.

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