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Rural Summit 2024

The Rural Summit is the NC Rural Center’s annual conference. Each year, we think of it as our state’s rural homecoming – a unique opportunity for local leaders and state partners to come together in conversation and celebration.

The Rural Summit 2024 is taking place March 20-21, 2024, at the Raleigh Marriott Crabtree Valley. This conference will focus on Building a Vibrant Future.

The 2024 Rural Summit will bring together rural champions once again to examine and celebrate recent successes in business growth, talent development, leadership, and other sectors. We hope you will join us.

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Experience the 2023 Rural Summit Again

The Rural Summit 2023 took place March 20-21, 2023 at the Raleigh Convention Center. This year’s theme was Driving Policy Change: All Roads Lead to Rural. The 2023 Rural Summit brought together community leaders, policymakers, and rural advocates from across the state and nation to engage in a thoughtful, intentional dialogue about the actions we can take today to advance policy and systems change across a broad spectrum of rural development issues.

Rural Center President and CEO Patrick Woodie opened the event by introducing key influences shaping rural North Carolina that are outlined in our new report, “Forces Driving Change in Rural North Carolina.” These driving forces highlight trends in education, health, leadership, infrastructure, and recovery from the pandemic. Breakout sessions at this year’s Summit addressed top concerns in rural North Carolina, such as broadband, healthcare, housing, small business development, water and wastewater infrastructure, disaster recovery, and weather resiliency.