About the Center
About the Rural Center
Our mission is to develop, promote and implement sound economic strategies to improve the quality of life of rural North Carolinians. We serve the state’s 85 rural counties, with a special focus on individuals with low to moderate incomes and communities with limited resources.
To fulfill our mission, the center operates multifaceted programs with four overarching goals:
- Serve as the state’s rural policy leader and advocate
- Develop strategies to bring about economic and social transformation
- Deliver resources for rural people, businesses and communities
- Equip rural leaders to succeed in the 21st century
The center is a private, nonprofit organization funded by both public and private sources and led by a 50-member board of directors.
Find out more about the president, Billy Ray Hall