Register now for the 2016 N.C. Rural Assembly

2016 assembly logoRegister now and join us September 26-27 for the 2016 N.C. Rural Assembly, Growing Better Together: Rural Health & Economic Development. We are lining up a diverse set of speakers who will lead us through a deep dive through the intersection of rural health and economic development.

Among those scheduled to appear:

Alice Schenall, Area L AHEC

Dr. Gary Gunderson, FaithHealthNC/Wake Forest Baptist Hospital

Karl Stauber, President, Danville Regional Foundation

Dr. Mary Rittling, President, Davidson Community College

Dr. Al Delia, Director, Office of Health Access, ECU

Also invited are candidates for N.C. Governor and U.S. Senate, including: Gov. Pat McCrory, Attorney General Roy Cooper, Sen. Richard Burr and U.S. Senate Candidate Deborah Ross.

Additional speakers are being confirmed daily. A complete agenda will be available soon.  

Click here for online registration for the 2016 N.C. Rural Assembly, which will be held at the same venue as last year, the Embassy Suites Raleigh-Durham/RTP.

Click here to download a paper registration form. Registration is $225.

The Embassy Suites has set aside a block of rooms at a discounted rate. Click here to book your room now.



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Rural Counts: 10 Strategies for North Carolina's Future.

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Rural Center impacts from the mountains to the coast
loan impacts

2015 was an incredible year for the Rural Center. Among the highlights: $8 million in loans and investments; more than 1,100 hours of microenterprise training; nearly 3,000 hours of leadership training and 1,500 jobs created. Download our 2015 Impacts Report to learn more.





Data snapshot: Median Household Income in North Carolina 

MHI 2014Only nine counties in North Carolina exceed the national Median Household Income. Of these, three are rural.