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Training Community Leaders

Homegrown Leaders helps participants gain an understanding of the importance of applying a regional lens for both building long-term solutions to common problems and innovative opportunities for growth. Participants learn and apply skills needed to address current and emerging critical issues and economic trends that will impact the future of their communities and regions through the following:

  • Economic development – Participate in an examination of the building blocks of community economic development; receive an analysis of current data and regional economic trends; take part in an exploration of critical local/regional economic development issues and opportunities; and learn how rural community leaders can eliminate barriers and expand opportunity for marginalized populations and the future economic well-being of all rural North Carolinians and their communities.
  • Leadership development – Learn collaborative leadership skills; explore emotional intelligence; and learn strategies for working with others and leading in difficult conversations.

“Homegrown Leaders took me out of my comfort zone and exceeded my expectations. This training was an excellent experience. Thanks for this wonderful opportunity allowing me to gain knowledge to go back and share with my community.”

Homegrown Leader Graduate

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