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Rural Summit 2023

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.

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Relive the 2022 Rural Summit

We at the NC Rural Center want to thank each and every one of you who joined us at the 2022 Rural Summit.

Each year, we think of the Rural Summit as our state’s rural homecoming, a chance for our local leaders and state partners to come together in conversation and celebration. This year was no different. We welcomed more than 400 people from all across the state for two days of education and engagement with their peers and knowledge experts from around the state and across the country.

Rural Sumit 2022 Photos

Rural Summit 2022 Awards in Rural Excellence

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