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Rural Economic Development Institute (REDI)

The Rural Center undertakes a number of efforts to ensure that rural communities are equipped with skilled, committed, and informed leaders.

Since its inception, the 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 nearly 1,200 rural leaders. REDI offers participants collaborative leadership skills and rural development strategies to help them return home and make meaningful impact in their communities. In addition, 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. For leadership development training announcements and information on when the next REDI application period is open, subscribe to the Rural Center newsletter.

REDI 30 dates: March 17-19, April 21-23, May 19-21, 2020 in Raleigh, NC. 





REDI Graduation 2019

“What I’ve gained through REDI are connections. If I need something here in my rural community, I’ve got someone I can call on.”

Randolph Keaton

Men and Women United for Youth and Families, REDI 2014

Innovative Leadership Profiles

Innovative Leadership Profiles

For 30 years, leadership development has been at the core of the Rural Center’s mission. We know that thriving rural communities need leadership that is inclusive, connected, informed, and creative. We know leaders are not born fully formed. They are nurtured. They...

Innovative Rural Leadership: Paula Swepson-Avery

Innovative Rural Leadership: Paula Swepson-Avery

This is part five of a five-part series focused on innovative rural leadership in North Carolina. To read the other profiles in this series, go here. “I always thought what I thought was right and that everybody thought the same way as me. I’ve learned we can get to...

Want to learn more?

Contact Bronwyn Lucas,
Director of Leadership


The REDI 2019 application is now closed