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Regional Leadership and Capacity Building

Golden LEAF’s Community-Based Grants Initiative (CBGI) is designed to identify projects with the potential to have a significant impact within a specific Prosperity Zone. It is a focused process with grants targeted toward investments in the building blocks of economic growth. Golden LEAF funds are limited to projects that address job creation and economic investmentagriculture, and workforce preparedness.

NC Rural Center is currently partnering with Golden LEAF to provide training and coaching to project teams in the Southeast Prosperity Zone. The counties in the Southeast Prosperity Zone are Brunswick, Carteret, Craven, Duplin, Greene, Jones, Lenoir, New Hanover, Onslow, Pamlico, Pender, and Wayne. Training and coaching will help broaden the region’s leadership base, enhance community and regional collaborations, and support the development of strategic, innovative projects that will transform the region’s economy.