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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 1,400 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.


Applications for the REDI 2023 class have closed.

If you would like to be notified of future leadership trainings in your area, complete the interest form here.

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

Want to learn more?

Contact Olaunda Green,

Director of Leadership Training