Leadership program seeks applicants

Published 5:37 pm Tuesday, February 4, 2014

From the Rural Center


The application deadline is quickly approaching for the 2014 Rural Economic Development Institute, the Rural Center’s signature program for rural leaders.
More than 900 people, including local government officials, nonprofit leaders, business owners and clergy members, have participated in the program since 1989. Through an intensive training regimen, REDI addresses leadership in two ways: it provides participants with techniques designed to enhance their skills as community leaders, and enhances their knowledge of economic and community development strategies. Applications are due Feb. 14.
REDI will take place April 23-25, May 14-16 and June 11-13 at the Rural Center in Raleigh. Between classes, REDI class members complete homework assignments and are given the opportunity to put their skills into action in their home communities. Participants are selected through a highly competitive process.

Thanks to funding from the Economic Development Administration, the program is able to offer 13 scholarships to participants from these 39 counties in eastern North Carolina, which have been designated as disaster-relief counties. Those counties include Beaufort, Hyde, Martin, Washington and Pamlico. The scholarships cover tuition, lodging and food costs. Scholarship recipients will be required to attend six hours of disaster-relief and disaster-recovery training in addition to REDI.

Tuition for REDI is $595, and limited scholarships are available for those who do not qualify for the EDA program.
For more information or to receive application information, call Misty Herget, the Rural Center’s senior associate for leadership development, at 919-250-4314, or visit the Rural Center’s website at www.ncruralcenter.org.