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Innovative Rural Leadership: Bryan Thompson

Innovative Rural Leadership: Bryan Thompson

This is part three of a five-part series focused on innovative rural leadership in North Carolina. To read the other profiles in this series, go here. There are varying creative or even practical ways to address a thing, whatever that thing is, that issue, that...

Zero Barriers Policy Roundtables

Zero Barriers Policy Roundtables

The Rural Center's Advocacy Team completed a series of seven Zero Barriers Policy Roundtables in Robbinsville, Spruce Pine, Columbia, Henderson, Dobson, Troy, and Kenansville in October. These day-long sessions drew 145 rural advocates and featured a deep dive into...

Innovative Rural Leadership: Jesus Padilla

Innovative Rural Leadership: Jesus Padilla

This is part three of a five-part series focused on innovative rural leadership in North Carolina. To read the other profiles go here. I heard ‘rural’ and I knew I had to attend because that’s what I’m all about. -Jesus Padilla Jesus Padilla remembers what...

Innovative Rural Leadership: Randolph Keaton

Innovative Rural Leadership: Randolph Keaton

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 On any given weekday, in an unassuming building on Dream Avenue, men and women face computer screens to fill out...

Impact Stories: CEA Manufacturing

Impact Stories: CEA Manufacturing

“This loan allowed us to jump to the next level in our capabilities." -Steve Yauch It’s quiet here, perhaps surprisingly so, on the manufacturing floor of CEA Manufacturing’s 55,000-square-foot headquarters in Smithfield. The room is brightly-lit and spotless....