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Regional Leadership and Project Development

Through funding from the Golden LEAF Foundation and in partnership with the Friday Institute, the Rural Center has launched the Northeastern NC Community Capacity Initiative in 2018. The initiative will build a diverse regional leadership team in the state’s Northeast Prosperity Zone and provide leadership training to cross-county project teams to identify untapped regional opportunities for economic growth and development.

This program will help an essential North Carolina region broaden its leadership base, enhance community and regional collaborations, and develop more strategic initiatives to transform the economy. 

The results of the work will enable the region to better compete for other national, state, and private resources, including strengthening the quality and reach of grant proposals for Golden LEAF’s anticipated 2018-19 Community Based Grant Initiative (CBGI) in the Northeast Prosperity Zone.  

Golden LEAF’s CBGI supports the building blocks of economic growth in local communities, focusing on communities in one or two Prosperity Zones at a time. CBGI focuses on projects that address agriculture, education, workforce development, economic development, public infrastructure, and health  care. The competitive application process is designed to identify projects that are ready for implementation at the award date and have the potential to make a significant local economic impact.

Rural Center coaches will identify the core team of regional leaders that will participate in leadership training events starting in early 2018. The Rural Center will then work with the core leadership team to identify 18-20 smaller cross-county teams that will develop high-quality CBGI proposals.

Counties in the Northeast Prosperity Zone include: 

  • Beaufort
  • Bertie
  • Camden
  • Chowan
  • Currituck
  • Dare
  • Gates
  • Halifax
  • Hertford
  • Hyde
  • Martin
  • Northampton
  • Pasquotank
  • Perquimans
  • Pitt
  • Tyrrell
  • Washington