REDI XXIV is just around the corner
The Rural Economic Development Institute is an intensive training program designed for those who lead rural communities. More than 900 people, including local government officials, nonprofit leaders, business leaders and clergy members have participated in the program since 1989. Interested? Check here for the application. REDI XXIV will take place April 23-25, May 14-16 and June 11-13 at the Rural Center in Raleigh.
Dear Rural Partners:
The Rural Center has entered into an agreement with the State of North Carolina that secures the future of the center and ensures the continuation of impactful grant programs.
As part of this process, the Rural Center has transferred all grants funded with state appropriations from the center to the N.C. Department of Commerce. A letter will be mailed to grantees outlining the specifics of this transfer. In addition to the grants, a number of Rural Center employees will move as well, becoming employees of the Department of Commerce. In the short term, grants that originated with the Rural Center will be managed by former Rural Center employees. Read more.
Rural Center receives clean audit
The Rural Center Board of Directors recently received the independent auditor's report for the 2013 fiscal year. Prepared by the Raleigh offices of Cherry Bekaert, the report found no material issues with the Rural Center's financial reporting. To put it into accounting terms: no material weaknesses were identified, no significant deficiencies were identified and zero material noncompliance issues were noted. The Rural Center has received clean independent audit reports each year since its founding in 1987.
47 rural students join new Public Service Internship Program
The program, which is designed to foster a new generation of community leaders in rural North Carolina, will feature students working with mentors in their home counties. Read more.
Report details prospects for manufacturing resurgence
The Rural Center has released the results of an expansive, yearlong study of the state of manufacturing in North Carolina. It cites growing reasons for optimism about the future of manufacturing, calls for establishment of the North Carolina Manufacturing Council and provides new insights to guide the work of policy makers and economic developers. Read more. Download the report.
Center releases latest edition of N.C. Rural Profile
Overflowing with charts, graphs and statistics on the top economic and social trends affecting rural North Carolina, the Profile is a must for anyone seeking to improve rural life in our state. Download the report.