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REDI (Rural Economic Development Institute)

Since its inception in 1987, the NC Rural Center has recognized the vital importance of local leadership to the success of our state’s rural areas. The Center’s flagship leadership program, the Rural Economic Development Institute (REDI), has trained over 1,300 rural leaders. REDI offers participants collaborative leadership skills and rural development strategies to help them return home and make meaningful impact in their communities. Upon graduating from REDI, graduates of the program become part of a larger alumni network of leaders. They also have the opportunity to participate in advanced training and continuing education. Each year REDI welcomes local, state, and federal government staff, nonprofit and faith-based leaders, business owners, elected officials, economic development professionals, and other community-minded people for nine days of intensive rural community economic development training.


REDI 22 application period is now closed.

REDI Graduation 2021

“The whole experience really enhanced my knowledge and skill set as a leader in a rural area. It challenged a lot of my preconceived notions while giving me thought provoking questions to grow the more underdeveloped aspects of my leadership.”


Celebrating 30 Years of REDI


Presenting Sponsor


Jordan Lumber is a family company that is 82 years young. Our company was founded in 1939 by RB Jordan, Jr. We now have 4th generation family members active in our companies. We have been named the third largest independent lumber producer in the Southeastern United States by Timber Mart South. We are FSC certified on all of our lands and at 4 forest products facilities. We practice complete sustainable forestry and have a timberlands base of over 70,000+ acres, most within a 50 mile radius. We have planted over 19 million trees over the past 20 years. We manufacture a very diverse product mix. Our products include high quality dimensional products, pallet parts, fencing parts and moulded products.

Want to learn more?

Contact Bronwyn Lucas,
Senior Director of Leadership & Engagement