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Legislative Tracker

Legislative Tracker

The Rural Center’s advocacy platform, Rural Counts: 10 Strategies for Rural North Carolina’s Future, presents a framework for creating a stronger rural economy in the context of a rapidly changing state. Within these strategies, the Rural Center will concentrate its...

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...

Rural Counts Policy Luncheons

Rural Counts Policy Luncheons

This May, the Rural Counts team completed a series of six Rural Policy Luncheons in Laurinburg, Bryson City, Morganton, Wentworth, Rocky Mount, and Jacksonville. These luncheons drew 238 rural advocates and leaders from 58 counties across the state....

Jones Street Journal

Jones Street Journal

  2019 Senate Budget Overview   Thursday, June 27, the House and Senate passed the conference report (CR).  A CR is the consolidation of provisions from both the House and Senate budgets into one unified budget. Yet, as many expected, Friday, June 28, Governor Cooper...

Small Business Dynamism in North Carolina

Small Business Dynamism in North Carolina

A new joint report from the NC Rural Center and Thread Capital shows that a decade after the Great Recession, North Carolina's small businesses are still struggling to recover and catch up with their urban counterparts in the state. The report, Small...

In The News: It’s time: Let’s close the gap

In The News: It’s time: Let’s close the gap

BB&T and the NC Rural Center Announce Recipients of Inaugural Community Improvement Grants RALEIGH - On Monday, March 25, alumni of the NC Rural Center’s Rural Economic Development Institute (REDI) and Homegrown Leaders programs gathered at the...