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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.


Next Homegrown Leaders Training:

When: The next training is on July 20-22, 2021.

Who: Community leaders and emerging leaders from across a variety of sectors, including healthcare, education, government, nonprofit, faith-based, small business leaders and entrepreneurs, economic development professionals, and other community-minded people.

You are eligible to apply if you live in or work in the following NC counties: Bertie, Carteret, Beaufort, Craven, Greene, Lenoir, Pamlico, and Pitt.

What:  Homegrown Leaders is a regional leadership and economic development training that develops and supports highly-skilled, highly-motivated leaders, and emerging leaders who are committed to regional collaboration. If you live in or work in one of the communities served, you must apply first to be considered as a participant for this training.

Where: New Bern, North Carolina


  • June 11, 2021 | Application period closes.
  • June 21, 2021 | Accepted applicants are notified and registration opens.
  • July 2, 2021 | Registration completed ($250 due and proof of COVID-19 vaccine submitted).
  • July 20-22, 2021 | Homegrown Leaders Training (New Bern, NC).

The application period has closed.

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“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

“The Homegrown Leaders training allowed me to feel not so alone in the obstacles I face in my community.”

2020 Homegrown Leader Graduate

Want to learn more?

Contact Bronwyn Lucas,
Senior Director of Leadership & Engagement