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Homegrown Leaders


It’s been a difficult year for so many, and it has taken a toll on many of our rural leaders and communities. Take some time to focus on and reinvest in yourself and your community by leveling up your leadership skills with Homegrown Leaders.

Homegrown Leaders is a three-day regional leadership and community economic development training that equips existing and emerging leaders with the skills they need to lead long-term economic advancement in their community and region.

Homegrown Leaders Region 5


  • May 13, 2022 | Application period closes.
  • May 23, 2022 | Accepted applicants are notified and registration opens.
  • June 3, 2022 | Registration completed ($250 due and proof of COVID-19 vaccine submitted).
  • June 21-23, 2022 | Homegrown Leaders Training (Robeson Community College, Lumberton).



You are eligible to apply if you live in or work in the following North Carolina counties: Columbus, Bladen, Hoke, Richmond, Robeson, Scotland, Brunswick, New Hanover, and Pender.

If you live in or work outside of this geographic area, be sure to sign up for the Rural Center newsletter or follow us on social media to receive notifications of future Homegrown Leaders trainings.

*We have limited scholarships available.

“The Homegrown Leaders training provided me with an incredible amount of information that I can immediately use to become a better leader.”

2020 Homegrown Leader Graduate


Want to learn more?

Contact Bronwyn Lucas,
Senior Director of Leadership & Engagement