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Advocacy and Research

The NC Rural Center is dedicated to working with our state’s rural residents to help their local communities and regions flourish. Some issues, however, extend beyond the local level. Some challenges that face our state are big and complex enough that they will take us all working together to solve. 

We believe that to be the best advocate for our state’s rural people and places, we must promote sound public policy; our positions are informed by leading-edge, unbiased research and data, and by the wisdom and expertise of the people who call rural North Carolina home.

At the Rural Center, we believe if we dream big, plan smart, and work together, we will see our communities thrive. These issues are big, but the key to solving them hinges on one thing: you, for we believe engaged rural people are equal to any challenge. 

Explore our research pages to read our latest reports and data visualizations, and explore our advocacy pages to learn more about the issues and legislation we advocate for, as well as the tools we have available for you to take action and make your voice heard.